Hybrid Manufacturing and Experimental Testing of Glass Fiber Enhanced Thermoplastic Composites

Butt, Javaid and Hewavidana, Yasasween and Mohaghegh, Vahaj and Sadeghi Esfahlani, Shabnam and Shirvani, Hassan (2019) Hybrid Manufacturing and Experimental Testing of Glass Fiber Enhanced Thermoplastic Composites. Journal of Manufacturing and Materials Processing, 3 (4). p. 96. ISSN 2504-4494

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.3390/jmmp3040096

Abstract

Additive Manufacturing (AM) is gaining enormous attention from academic and industrial sectors for product development using different materials. Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) is a popular AM method that works with thermoplastics. This process offers benefits of customisation both in terms of hardware and software in the case of desktop-based FDM systems. Enhancement of mechanical properties for the traditional thermoplastic material is a widely researched area and various materials have been added to achieve this goal. This paper focuses on the manufacture of glass fiber reinforced plastic (GFRP) composites using Hybrid Fused Deposition Modelling (HFDM). Commonly available polylactic acid or polylactide (PLA) material was inter-laced with 0.03 mm thick glass fiber sheets to manufacture GFRP products followed by tensile testing. This was done to investigate whether adding more layers increases the tensile strength of the GFRP products or not. Furthermore, the maximum number of glass fiber layers that can be added to the 4 mm thick specimen was also identified. This was done to demonstrate that there is an optimal number of glass fiber layers that can be added as after this optimal number, the tensile strength start to deteriorate. Microstructural analysis was undertaken after tensile testing followed by ultrasonic testing to assess the uniformity of the GFRP composites.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: composite, fused deposition modelling, glass fiber, hybrid process, microstructural analysis, PLA plastic, tensile test, ultrasonic testing
Faculty: Faculty of Science & Engineering
Depositing User: Lisa Blanshard
Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2020 12:28
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 18:54
URI: https://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/705075

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