Investigation of peel resistance during the fibre placement process

S. Rao, Rehan Umer, J. Thomas, W. J. Cantwell

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In this study, the influence of compaction load, layup speed and temperature on the adhesive properties of automated fibre placement grade towpreg has been investigated on the ply-tool interface where higher peel forces are required to permit the deposition of subsequent plies. The automated layup process was simulated on a CNC milling machine, using a roller assembly and the adhesion properties of the towpreg were determined using a floating roller peel test. The processing window for the towpreg was determined using a dynamic mechanical analyser and a two-level, full factorial design of experiments was developed for the three factors, to understand their effects on the peeling force, both individually and synergistically. The design of experiments analysis indicates a strong temperature effect, with the towpregs requiring a higher layup temperature to accommodate higher layup speeds. A strong load-temperature interaction was detected, with a negative temperature effect at lower loads and a strong positive temperature effect at higher loads. The predicted factor settings to achieve a peeling force of 246 N/m are, 1 kN compaction load, 65., layup temperature, and a layup speed of 120 mm/min. Experimental tests, carried out at the predicted factor settings, agree well with the analysis, yielding a peel force of 256 N/m with a standard deviation of 25 N/m.

Original languageBritish English
Pages (from-to)275-286
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Reinforced Plastics and Composites
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2016


  • adhesion
  • Automated fibre placement
  • characterisation
  • peel test
  • tack


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