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Effect of Processing Conditions on Structural Performance of Fiber-Reinforced Parts

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    Commercially available simulation software was used to study the effect of processing conditions on the structural performance of glass-fiber-reinforced polypropylene. Processing conditions such as gate locations were used to evaluate the subsequent change in glass fiber orientation and its effect on structural performance of a demonstrative part. Results show that processing conditions play a critical role in the success of a structural composite and must be considered foremost in the design process.

    Key Learnings

    • Learn about fiber mapping into FEA
    • Discover the practical use of Project Sundance
    • Discover the value of CAE to FEA simulation
    • Discover the pros and cons of this method