Team building at institute level
Main project: Improving the properties of glass fiber reinforced acrylic thermoplastic resin based composites
Funding: Private company & UCL
Supervisor(s): Thomas Pardoen
For the manufacturing of continuous fiber reinforced thermoplastic composites (CFRTP), certain monomers can be infused through glass fabric and then polymerized in situ, in order to make a thermoplastic composite part. However, defects - e.g. porosity - can occur in the material, due to the thickness of the laminates and the shrinkage of the resin matrix during polymerization. Such phenomena must be understood, as well as their effects on the mechanical properties of the final composite part.
The originality of this work lies in the very nature of the polymeric matrix used for manufacturing the composite parts, which is thermoplastic instead of thermoset. Little is known about the behaviour of such thermoplastic composites, especially at a microscopic scale. During this PhD, we will try to understand how defects occurring in the material can influence the structural properties of the CFRTP, and we will try to mitigate (or at least control) the incidence of such defects. This will imply a better knowledge of how usual characterisation techniques can be applied from thin to thick composite parts. In particular, digital simulation will be used so as to predict the properties of thick composite parts from those of thinner samples.
IMMC main research direction(s):
Processing and characterisation of materials
Research group(s): IMAP
Collaborations: Christian Bailly, IMCN
See complete list of publications
1. Gayot, Sarah; Bailly, Christian; Pardoen, Thomas; Chevalier, Jérémy; Gérard, Pierre. Relationship between processing parameters and mechanical properties of thick glass fibre reinforced pmma composites. In: Book of Abstract - COMPOSITES 2019, 2019, p. P.81. http://hdl.handle.net/2078.1/226416