Application of electrostatics to align short-glass fibre bundles for composite manufacturing

Prasad, Ashwini (2013). Application of electrostatics to align short-glass fibre bundles for composite manufacturing. University of Birmingham. M.Phil.

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This research reports on the feasibility of aligning the glass fibre bundles, in the form of short individual filaments, called short-glass fibre bundles for the manufacture of fibre reinforced polymer composites or preforms. Traditionally, preforms are manufactured using "chopped fibre bundles‟ have been available number of years, here the short-glass fibre bundles arranged randomly, but they cannot be laid over complex moulds without causing significant wrinkles and folds. Aligned short-glass fibre bundles offer superior drape as they can be laid over complex moulds, but they represent a unique challenge to apply electric force and to orientate. Therefore, this research aims to align short-glass fibre bundles for preform manufacture by applying electric forces to them. The influence of electric field on short E-glass fibre bundles is investigated.

Type of Work: Thesis (Masters by Research > M.Phil.)
Award Type: Masters by Research > M.Phil.
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Engineering & Physical Sciences
School or Department: School of Metallurgy and Materials
Funders: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering


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