ASPECTS OF FLOW AND COMPACTION OF LAMINATED COMPOSITE SHAPES DURING CURE by PASCAL HUBERT B. Ing., Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal, 1988 M. Sc. A., Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal, 1991 A THESIS SUBMITTED IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEGREE OF DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY in THE FACULTY OF GRADUATE STUDIES Department of Metals and Materials Engineering We accept this thesis as confirming to the required standard THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA July 1996 © Pascal Hubert, 1996 In presenting this thesis in partial fulfilment of the requirements for an advanced degree at the University of British Columbia, I agree that the Library shall make it freely available for reference and study. I further agree that permission for extensive copying of this thesis for scholarly purposes may be granted by the head of my department or by his or her representatives. It is understood that copying or publication of this thesis for financial gain shall not be allowed without my written permission. Department of Hoi^.JL dud Z^faJsU^caMi. ^^^'^UJUJ-^^ The University of British Columbia Vancouver, Canada Date IS DE-6 (2/88) Abstract Cost-effective manufacturing has become the primary objective for many industries using composite materials in primary structures. To realize this objective, it is often desired to use process modelling, as it helps understand the interaction between the parameters affecting the product quality. Among the multitude of phenomena occurring during composites processing, resin flow is a critical issue. It affects the fibre volume fraction distribution, the mechanical properties of the laminate and the final dimensions of the part. For thermoset matrix composites, the percolation flow approach is typically used to model flow and compaction. In this approach, the resin flows relative to the fibres and the flow has to be coupled with the fibre bed compaction behaviour to obtain the final shape of the laminate. In the present work, a percolation flow-compaction model is implemented in a two-dimensional finite element processing model for complex shapes such as angles or hat sections. Material properties required for the flow-compaction model, such as resin viscosity and the fibre bed compaction curve are measured for two carbon-epoxy composites: AS4/3501-6 and AS4/8552. An experimental technique to measure the fibre bed compaction curve directly from the prepreg is presented. The fibre bed compaction curves are validated with results from uniaxial compaction tests. The flow-compaction model is used to study the effect of a variation of the material properties on the compaction of angle laminates. The results from this sensitivity analysis show that the compaction curve significantly affects the final laminate thickness while the fibre bed shear modulus controls the ability of the fibres to conform to a curvilinear shape. A series of angle laminates were cured to study the effect of fibre orientation, bagging conditions, material and tool type on compaction behaviour. Simulations of the angle laminates in bleed conditions are in good agreement with the experiments. However, the model does not predict the experimentally observed magnitude of the deformation at the corner of the [90°] lay-up. This behaviour is attributed to shear flow, where the fibres and the resin move together as a very viscous anisotropic fluid. Direct observations of the compaction behaviour during transverse flow are presented. They confirm the kinematic relations used in shear flow theory and show that friction is present at the plate-laminate interface. Next, the conditions required to produce percolation or shear flow are investigated in a simple uniaxial compaction experiment. Fibre orientation and resin viscosity are the primary variables determining the dominant flow mechanism. Shear flow is primarily affected by the fibre orientation and occurs essentially in the direction perpendicular to the fibres. Percolation flow depends on the resin viscosity and occurs mainly in the direction where shear flow is not possible. -iii-Sommaire L'optimisation des couts de fabrication est le principal objectif des compagnies qui veulent concevoir des structures mecaniques primaires en utilisant des materiaux composites. Cet objectif peut etre atteint en effectuant 1'analyse des procedes de fabrication a l'aide de modeles mathematiques. Ces modeles permettent d'etudier l'ecoulement de la resine qui est un des mecanismes importants de la mise en forme des composites. En effet, ce mecanisme influence la distribution du pourcentage volumique des fibres dans le stratifie, les proprietes du stratifie et les dimensions de la piece. Pour les composites a matrice thermodurcissable, on suppose que la resine s'ecoule relativement aux fibres. Ainsi, la deformation du stratifie est obtenue en couplant l'ecoulement de la resine a la compressibilite du reseau de fibres. Dans ce travail, pour tenter de repondre a la modelisation mathematique des procedes de fabrication, un modele d'ecoulement est incorpore a un programme d'elements finis 2-D. Ce modele s'applique a l'analyse de stratifies a forme complexe, par exemple des profiles en L. Une nouvelle methode est developpee pour mesurer la courbe de compaction directement a partir du pre-impregne. Cette methode est appliquee a deux types de composites carbone-epoxy: les composites AS4/3501-6 et AS4/8552. Les courbes de compaction obtenues sont validees grace a des essais uniaxes de compression. Une etude parametrique est ensuite effectuee afin de verifier 1'effet de la variation des proprietes du materiau sur la compaction de profiles en L. A partir de ces etudes, nous avons trouve que : i) la courbe de compaction est le parametre principal controlant l'epaisseur du stratifie et ii) le module de cisaillement du reseau de fibres influence la facilite avec laquelle le stratifie se deforme dans le coin du profile. -iv-Des profiles en L sont fabriques afin d'etudier l'effet : i) de l'orientation des fibres, ii) des conditions de moulage, iii) du materiau et iv) du type de moule sur la compaction du stratifie. Les simulations utilisant le modele d'elements finis donnent des resultats qui concordent bien avec ceux des experiences. Par contre, le modele developpe ne peut predire 1'amplitude des deformations observees au coin des stratifies ayant les fibres orientees a 90°. Cette deformation est plutot causee par un mode d'ecoulement appele ecoulement par cisaillement. Dans ce cas, les fibres et la resine s'ecoulent ensemble a la maniere d'un liquide anisotrope tres visqueux. L'observation de la deformation de stratifies soumis a un ecoulement transversal a permis de verifier la validite des hypotheses formulees a partir des modeles developpes pour ce type d'ecoulement. Cette experience indique la presence de frottement a l'interface entre le stratifie et le moule. Les conditions favorisant un type d'ecoulement par rapport a un autre sont etudiees grace a un essai simple de compression uniaxe. L'orientation des fibres et la viscosite de la resine sont les variables qui influencent le mechanisme d'ecoulement observe. L'ecoulement par cisaillement est principalement influence par l'orientation des fibres et se produit perpendiculairement aux fibres. L'ecoulement de la resine depend essentiellement de sa viscosite et a principalement lieu dans la direction ou l'ecoulement par cisaillement est impossible. Table of contents ABSTRACT ii SOMMAIRE v TABLE OF CONTENTS vLIST OF TABLES xi LIST OF FIGURES xiiNOMENCLATURE xxiv ACKNOWLEDGMENTS xxxi CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION 1 1.1 FIGURES 7 CHAPTER 2 LITERATURE REVIEW AND RESEARCH OBJECTIVES 10 2.1 RESIN BEHAVIOUR DURING CURE 12.2 FIBRE BED BEHAVIOUR 3 2.2.1 Fibre bed elasticity 14 2.2.2 Fibre bed permeability 18 2.3 FLOW-COMPACTION MODELS 22 2.3.1 Percolation flow models 23 2.3.1.1 Darcy's Law 3 2.3.1.2 Sequential compaction 25 2.3.1.3 Effective stress formulation 6 2.3.2 Shear flow models 31 2.3.2.1 Intraply '. 31 2.3.2.2 Interply 35 2.4 LITERATURE REVIEW SUMMARY AND RESEARCH OBJECTIVES ; 35 2.5 TABLES 9 2.6 FIGURES 40 -vi-CHAPTER 3 PERCOLATION FLOW-COMPACTION FINITE ELEMENT MODEL 47 3.1 COMPOSITE PROCESS MODELLING APPROACH 43.2 FLOW-COMPACTION MODEL DEVELOPMENT 9 3.2.1 Model assumptions 50 3.2.2 Governing equations3.2.3 Boundary and initial conditions 52 3.2.4 Composite constitutive law 53 3.2.5 Finite element formulation 56 3.2.5.1 Weighted residual method 57 3.2.5.2 Galerkin finite element equations 9 3.2.5.3 Method of solution 61 3.2.5.4 Time integration 2 3.2.5.5 Non-linear solution technique 4 3.2.6 Program algorithm 67 3.3 Flow-compaction model verification 69 3.3.1 Static solution 69 3.3.2 TRANSIENT SOLUTION 70 3.3.3 MESH DENSITY 3 3.4 Summary 5 3.5 TABLES 6 3.6 FIGURES 78 CHAPTER 4 MATERIAL PROPERTIES AND FIBRE BED COMPACTION CURVE CHARACTERIZATION 84.1 MATERIALS STUDIED 8 4.2 COMPACTION CURVE CHARACTERIZATION APPROACH 90 4.2.1 Load-hold method description 92 4.2.2 Testing procedure 92' 4.3 RESULTS OF COMPACTION CURVE CHARACTERIZATION : 94 4.4 COMPACTION CURVE VALIDATION 97 4.4.1 Compaction test model 98 -vii-4.4.2 Results and discussion 98 4.4.2.1 Temperature effect 100 4.4.2.2 Complete cure 2 4.5 SUMMARY 104.6 TABLES 4 4.7 FIGURES 6 CHAPTER 5 COMPACTION OF ANGLE LAMINATES: A NUMERICAL AND EXPERIMENTAL STUDY 115.1 PERCOLATION FLOW MODEL SENSITIVITY ANALYSIS 116 5.1.1 Finite element model and runs definition 117 5.1.2 Results of the sensitivity analysis 119 5.2 EXPERIMENTAL INVESTIGATION 122 5.2.1 Testing procedure 123 5.2.2 Measurements and data analysis 125 5.2.3 Temperature profiles 127 5.2.4 Defects and problems induced by the experimental method 127 5.2.5 Resin mass loss 129 5.2.6 Thickness profiles 130 5.2.7 Strains • 133 5.2.8 Discussion 135 5.3 NUMERICAL INVESTIGATION 136 5.3.1 Finite element models definition 137 5.3.2 Resin mass losses and laminate thickness predictions 138 5.3.3 Final shape of the laminates / 39 5.3.4 Compaction of the laminates during cure 140 5.3.5 Resin pressure variation during cure 141 5.3.6 Corner compaction behaviour 142 5.3.7 Resin flow behaviour during cure 143 -viii-5.3.8 Discussion 144 5.4 SUMMARY 145 5.5 TABLES 7 5.6 FIGURES • 150 CHAPTER 6 ASPECTS OF SHEAR FLOW AND THE INTERACTION WITH PERCOLATION FLOW 188 6.1 SHEAR FLOW EXPERIMENTAL INVESTIGATION 186.1.1 Experimental procedure 190 6.1.2 Resin percolation 193 6.1.3 Displacement profiles 194 6.1.4 Condition at the plate-laminate interface 194 6.2 Experimental investigation of flow mechanisms 197 6.2.1 EXPERIMENTAL PROCEDURE , 198 6.2.2 EXTRACTION OF THE RESULTS 200 6.2.3 General observations 202 6.2.4 Percolation and shear strain analysis 203 6.2.5 Flow mechanisms contribution 204 6.2.6 Discussion 205 6.2.7 Flow mechanism map 206 6.3 SUMMARY 207 6.4 TABLES 9 6.5 FIGURES 210 CHAPTER 7 CONCLUSIONS AND FURTHER WORK 225 7.1 FURTHER WORK 226 REFERENCES 8 APPENDIX A FLOW-COMPACTION MODEL DETAILS 234 A.l COMPOSITE CONTINUITY EQUATION 23A.2 RESIDUAL EQUATIONS DEVELOPMENT 6 A.3 ELEMENT SHAPE FUNCTIONS AND THEIR DERIVATIVES 239 A.4 ELEMENT SPATIAL INTEGRATION AND LOAD VECTOR CALCULATION 241 A.5 ELEMENT FIBRE BED PROPERTIES CALCULATION 243 -ix-A.5.1 Fibre bed permeability matrix 243 A.5.2 Fibre bed tangent modulus matrix 244 A.6 ELEMENT STATE VARIABLES COMPUTATION 246 A. 6.1 Fibre bed effective stresses and element strains 246 A.6.2 Fibre volume fraction 247 A.6.3 Resin velocity 248 A.6.4 Laminate mass loss 249 A. 6.5 Stresses and strains coordinate transformation ; 249 A. 7 FIGURES 251 APPENDIX B MATERIAL PROPERTIES AND CHARACTERIZATION 254 B. l RESIN CURE KINETICS 25B.2 RESIN VISCOSITY 6 B. 2.1 Viscosity model for 3501-6 resin 257 B.2.2 Viscosity model for 8552 resin 259 B.2.2.1 Testing procedure 259 B.2.2.2 Experimental results 260 B.2.2.3 Viscosity model 1 B.3 FIBRE BED PERMEABILITY 3 B.4 COMPACTION CURVE CHARACTERIZATION WITH THE LOAD-UNLOAD METHOD 264 B.4.1 Results •. 266 B.4.2 Comparison with load-hold method 267 B.5 TABLES 269 B. 6 FIGURES • 272 APPENDIX C RESULTS OF ANGLE LAMINATE COMPACTION EXPERIMENTS 280 Cl TABLES 281 C. 2 FIGURES 3 APPENDIX D RESULTS OF SHEAR FLOW EXPERIMENTS 284 D. l TABLES 286 D. 2 FIGURES 292 APPENDIX E RESULTS FOR FLOW MECHANISMS TEST 293 E. l TABLES 5 E.2 FIGURES 298 -x-List of tables Table 2.1 Summary of flow-compaction theoretical and experimental work 39 Table 3.1 Summary of the initial and boundary conditions for the flow-compaction model 76 Table 3.2 Run matrix for the flow-compaction model verification 7Table 3.3 Results from patch test runs for undrained (SI, S2) and drained (S3, S4) conditions..77 Table 4.1 Typical fibre and resin properties for the materials studied: AS4/3501-6 (material A) and AS4/8552 (material B) 104 Table 4.2 Prepreg properties for AS4/3501-6 (material A) and AS4/8552 (material B) 104 Table 4.3 Total in-plane strains and volumetric strain measured after the compaction tests 104 Table 4.4 Total in-plane strains, volumetric strain and ratio of volumetric to total vertical deformation measured after the validation compaction tests 105 Table 4.5 Comparison between predicted and measured specimen volumetric strains for the validation compaction tests 10Table 5.1 Run definition and results for the sensitivity analysis 147 Table 5.2 Sample definition for angle processing experiments and test matrix 147 Table 5.3 Type of defects observed after cure of the angles. Typical defects are shown in Fig. 5.20 148 Table 5.4 Level of voids in the flat section and at the corner of the laminates. Obtained from the visual inspection of the angles after the cure. The void level is ranked on a scale of 0 to 3 corresponding to no voids (0) to large number of voids (3) 148 Table 5.5 Resin mass loss ratio calculated from the mass of the laminates before and after cure (Equation 5.1) 14Table 5.6 Finite element model dimensions and material input used for the simulations of the angle laminates.The models and the material input are defined in Figure 5.35...149 Table 5.7 Comparison of the resin mass loss ratio obtained from the experiments and the predictions with the finite element program (COMPRO) 149 Table 6.1 Shear flow experiments loading increments (uplate) with corresponding peak and relaxed load. The peak load corresponds to the load measured as the loading is stopped. The relaxed load corresponds to the stable load measured after the load is stopped 209 Table 6.2 Flow mechanisms test matrix and sample definition. The variable n corresponds to the specimen number tested in the condition specified 209 Table B.l Constants for the cure kinetics models of the resins 26Table B.2 Constants for the viscosity models of the resins 269 -xi-Table B.3 Test matrix for material B resin 8552 viscosity characterization 270 Table B.4 Summary of the fibre bed permeability variations for unidirectional fibre beds available from the literature 27Table B.5 Test definition and measurement results for the determination of the fibre bed compaction curve tests 271 Table B.6 Test definition and measurement results for the fibre bed compaction curve validation tests 27Table C.1 Thickness and laminate mass measurements on the angle laminates before and after the cure 281 Table C.2 Laminate normal strains, total strain and percolation strain 282 Table D.l Sample dimensions before the test 286 Table D.2 Marker positions for sample 10_1 7 Table D.3 Marker positions for sample 10_2 288 Table D.4 Marker positions for sample 20_1 9 Table D.5 Marker positions for sample 202 290 Table D.6 Position of the plates and the sample edges for the sample tested and all load increments 291 Table E.l Flow mechanism tests, sample measurement results and strains calculated for material A at 100°C 295 Table E.2 Flow mechanism tests, sample measurement results and strains calculated for material B at 100°CTable E.3 Flow mechanism tests, sample measurement results and strains calculated for material A at 140°C 296 Table E.4 Flow mechanism tests, sample measurement results and strains calculated for material B at 140°C 29Table E.5 Flow mechanism tests, average strains (ex and ev) and vertical strains caused by S P shear flow (ez ) and percolation flow (ez ) 297 -xii-List of figures Figure 1.1 Application of composites for large aircraft structures. (Courtesy of the Boeing Company) 7 Figure 1.2 Autoclave processing steps, (a) lay-up, (b) cure with a controller loop 8 Figure 1.3 Typical autoclave cure cycle 9 Figure 1.4 Processing defects induced by flow and compaction, (1) warpage, (2) resin rich region, (3) resin poor region, (4) voids, (5) surface dimpling and (6) core buckling. .9 Figure 2.1 Typical resin degree of cure evolution during cure. The resin changes from a liquid state (Phase I), to a gel state (Phase II) and finally to a solid state (Phase III) 40 Figure 2.2 Typical resin viscosity evolution during cure. The resin is fluid during Phase I before it reaches the gel point in Phase II 40 Figure 2.3 Ideal fibre packing arrangements, (a) square and (b) hexagonal 41 Figure 2.4 Actual fibre beds pore geometries, (a) intraply, (b) resin rich regions between individual plies and (c) non-uniform fabric arrangement 41 Figure 2.5 Typical fibre bed compaction curves. Va is the maximum fibre volume fraction possible which is related to the fibres alignment in the fibre bed 42 Figure 2.6 3-D fibre bundle stress state (Cai and Gutowski, 1992a) 4Figure 2.7 Typical fibre bed axial and transverse permeability variation with fibre volume fraction 43 Figure 2.8 Type of flow mechanisms during processing (O Bradaigh et al., 1993) 43 Figure 2.9 Sequential compaction behaviour, (a) transverse flow and (b) axial flow (Loos and Springer, 1983) 44 Figure 2.10 Effective stress compaction analogy (Dave et al., 1987a) 4Figure 2.11 Resin pressure sensor response during compaction of a flat carbon-epoxy laminate (Mackenzie, 1993). The pressure sensors where distributed through the thickness from the top (SI) to the tool (S5) 45 Figure 2.12 Resin pressure from 1-D compaction simulation of the experiment of Fig. 2.11 assuming a bag pressure equivalent to the measured pressure for the top sensor (SI) 4Figure 2.13 Composite laminate idealization for shear flow models (O Bradaigh et al., 1993). .46 Figure 2.14 Flow chart of the research presented in this thesis 4Figure 3.1 Present modelling approach 78 Figure 3.2 Processing model flowchart showing the different modules 7Figure 3.3 Laminate representative volume and plane strain composite element 79 -xiii-Figure 3.4 Stress state on a representative element of a unidirectional ply 79 Figure 3.5 Bilinear quadrilateral element and degrees of freedom (i.e. displacements uxn, uzn and pressure Pn where n is the node number) 80 Figure 3.6 Finite element mesh and boundary conditions for patch test runs, (a) axial stress state, (b) transverse stress state. The fibre bed properties are also given 80 Figure 3.7 Model definition for the exact solution transient run (TI), (a) boundary conditions and material property inputs, (b) finite element mesh used (20 elements) 81 Figure 3.8 Results from transient run TI compared to the exact solution showing the vertical pressure profile evolution with time 8Figure 3.9 Boundary conditions and material property inputs for the non-linear permeability transient runs, (a) 1-D flow (T2), (b) 2-D flow (T3) 82 Figure 3.10 Finite element meshes used for the transient runs, (a) T2 (10 elements), (b) T3 (100 elements) 8Figure 3.11 Results from transient run T2 compared to ABAQUS solution showing the vertical pressure profile evolution with time 83 Figure 3.12 Results from transient run T2 compared to ABAQUS solution showing the variation of vertical displacement at the top of the model with time. Also shown is a simulation assuming a constant permeability (dashed line) 83 Figure 3.13 Results from transient run T3 compared to ABAQUS solution showing the vertical pressure profile evolution with time at x=0 84 Figure 3.14 Results from transient run T3 compared to ABAQUS solution showing the horizontal pressure profile evolution with time at z=0 84 Figure 3.15 Results from transient run T3 compared to ABAQUS solution showing the variation of vertical displacement at the top of the model with time. Also shown is a simulation assuming a constant permeability (dashed line) 85 Figure 3.16 Boundary conditions and cure cycle for the composite consolidation runs (T4 and T5) 8Figure 3.17 Fibre bed compaction curves for the composite consolidation runs (Vro=0.48 for T4 and Vro=0.57 for T5) 86 Figure 3.18 Results from transient runs T4 and T5 compared to LAMCURE solution showing the variation of vertical displacement at the top of the model with time. ...86 Figure 3.19 Boundary conditions and material property inputs for the study of the effect of the mesh size on the model predictions. For the meshes, the domain is divided in 4 and 40 elements of equal sizes 87 Figure 3.20 Vertical pressure profile evolution with time obtained by COMPRO compared to the exact solution showing the effect of the mesh density 87 Figure 4.1 Experimental setup for the fibre bed compaction test 106 -xiv-Figure 4.2 Compaction test data analysis, (a) simple viscoelastic model and (b) schematic of compaction specimen loading and dimensions 106 Figure 4.3 Compaction curve computation for the load-hold test method. From the master loading curve (a), the fibre bed load is directly obtained from the load-displacement value when the total load has fully relaxed (b) 107 Figure 4.4 Photograph of the compaction test setup, (a) the fixture as installed in the temperature controlled chamber and (b) a close-up view of the compaction fixture 10Figure 4.5 Compaction test sample dimensions: before the test (L0,W0,H0) and after the test (L',W',H'). The definition of the fibre orientation direction is also shown 108 Figure 4.6 Compaction test sample preparation, where the sample is wrapped in a teflon film. 108 Figure 4.7 Plan view photograph of typical specimens after a compaction test. Resin can be seen at the edges of the specimen 109 Figure 4.8 Applied load and displacement variation with time for load-hold compaction test (material A, 7A01) showing the load relaxation at the different loading increments (1 to 8) 10Figure 4.9 Load-displacement curve for the load-hold test method (material A, 7A01) showing the points (1 to 8) extracted to build the fibre bed compaction curve 110 Figure 4.10 Compaction curves obtained for material A obtained with the load-hold method for samples 7A01 and 7A02. A comparison with Gutowski's model (Equation 2.3) is presented with p=350, Va=0.81, Vro=0.558 and Ef=230 GPa 110 Figure 4.11 Applied load and displacement variation with time for load-hold compaction test (material B, 7B01) showing the load relaxation at the different loading increments (1 to 6) Ill Figure 4.12 Compaction curves obtained for material B. A comparison with Gutowski's model (Equation 2.3) is presented with (3=350, Va=0.68, Vffl=0.574 and Ef=230 GPa. The experimental result for sample 7B02 is shown as a reference 111 Figure 4.13 Comparison of the compaction curves for the materials studied 112 Figure 4.14 Finite element model used for the compaction curve validation runs 112 Figure 4.15 Flow-compaction model prediction of the load-displacement behaviour compared with the experimental results of a load controlled compaction test of material A at 100°C (sample 4A01). The fibre bed elastic compaction curve is shown for reference 113 Figure 4.16 Flow-compaction model prediction of the load-displacement behaviour compared with the experimental results of a load controlled compaction test of material A at 140°C (sample 5A01). The fibre bed elastic compaction curve is shown for reference 113 -xv-Figure 4.17 Flow-compaction model prediction of the load-displacement behaviour compared with the experimental results of a load controlled compaction test of material B at 100°C (sample 4B02). The fibre bed elastic compaction curve and the onset of resin flow are also shown for reference ....114 Figure 4.18 Flow-compaction model prediction of the load-displacement behaviour compared with the experimental results of a load controlled compaction test of material B at 140°C (sample 5B02). The fibre bed elastic compaction curve and the onset of resin flow are also shown for reference 114 Figure 4.19 Flow-compaction model prediction of the stress-strain behaviour compared with the experimental data of a load controlled compaction test of material A and material B at 170°C (samples 9A01 and 9B01) 115 Figure 5.1 Angle laminate geometric definition for modelling 150 Figure 5.2 Finite element model dimensions, boundary conditions and material properties input for the nominal case of the sensitivity analysis (SANOM) 150 Figure 5.3 Finite element mesh used for the sensitivity analysis. The location for the normal displacement (un) outputs is shown 151 Figure 5.4 Compaction curves used for the sensitivity analysis to investigate the effect of shifting the fibre bed effective stress in the stiffening region (0.1<e3<0.25) 151 Figure 5.5 Effect of the variation of the transverse permeability on the angle compaction behaviour. The viscosity profile is also shown indicating the gel time of the resin 152 Figure 5.6 Effect of the compaction curve shape on the angle compaction behaviour 152 Figure 5.7 Effect of the fibre bed longitudinal modulus (E,) on the angle compaction behaviour 153 Figure 5.8 Effect of the fibre bed shear modulus (G13) variation on the angle compaction behaviourFigure 5.9 Effect of the fibre bed shear modulus (G13) on the final shape of the angle. The deformation behaviour at the corner is enlarged 154 Figure 5.10 Effect of the fibre bed shear modulus (G13) on the final shear deformation (y13) distribution in the laminate, (a) SANOM, (b) SAG131 and (c) SAG132 155 Figure 5.11 Angle laminate compaction experiments, (a) laminate dimensions and fibre orientation definition, (b) tool dimensions 156 Figure 5.12 Typical bagging configurations for no-bleed and bleed conditions. Configuration for the convex tool is shown in this figure 157 Figure 5.13 Photograph of the tools with the bagging elements before the installation of the breather and the vacuum bag 158 Figure 5.14 Photograph of the autoclave and the computer controlling the cure cycle 158 -xvi-Figure 5.15 Definition of the processing parameters measured for the autoclave and the bag (top) and typical location of the thermocouples on the tool and in the part (bottom). The part thermocouples are embedded about 5 mm inside the part 159 Figure 5.16 Cure cycle used and segment definition for the autoclave control system for the angle compaction experiment 160 Figure 5.17 Laminate trimming after the cure 1 Figure 5.18 Angle thickness measurement stations 16Figure 5.19 Temperature and pressure variation recorded during the cure showing the temperature gradients between the autoclave, tool and part temperatures. The tool and part temperatures shown are representative of the results for all thermocouples located in similar areas 162 Figure 5.20 Photographs of the cross-section of samples showing the aspect of the defects found. The defects distribution is presented in Table 5.3 162 Figure 5.21 Photographs of the samples after removal of the bagging elements. Resin can be seen at the edges of the samples 163 Figure 5.22 Photographs showing the exterior aspect of the bags after cure. Resin is seen mainly with material A 164 Figure 5.23 Thickness measurements after cure for material A with convex tool. The top of the error bar corresponds to the initial thickness of the laminate. The symbol -fr indicates the presence of minor defect at the corner 165 Figure 5.24 Thickness measurements after cure for material B with convex tool. The top of the error bar corresponds to the initial thickness of the laminate 165 Figure 5.25 Thickness measurements after cure for material A with concave tool. The top of the error bar corresponds to the initial thickness of the laminate. The symbols • and • indicate the presence of minor and major defects at the corner respectively 166 Figure 5.26 Thickness measurements after cure for material B with concave tool. The top of the error bar corresponds to the initial thickness of the laminate. The symbols and indicate the presence of minor and major defects at the corner respectively 166 Figure 5.27 Angle profiles obtained from image analysis of photographs of the specimen cross-sections. Good quality samples are shown on the left (5AM3 and 5CF3). On the right, thickness gradients at the corner for [90] samples (5BM7 and 5DF7) are exemplified by corner thinning and thickening 167 Figure 5.28 Microphotographs of the cross-section of samples with defect at the corner for convex tool ((a) and (b)) and concave tool ((c) and (d)), (a) [0] sample (5BM11), (b) [Q] sample (5BM12), (c) [0] sample (5DF8) and (d) [Q] sample (5DF9) 168 -xvii-Figure 5.29 Laminate strains for material A with convex tool. The strains at the measuring points are shown by the white bars. The total strain (stotal) and the percolation strain (spercoiation) are also shown. The symbol * indicates the presence of minor defect at the corner. The strain sign is inverted so that positive indicates compression 169 Figure 5.30 Laminate strains for material B with convex tool. The strains at the measuring points are shown by the white bars. The total strain (£tota|) and the percolation strain (£percoiation) are also shown. The strain sign is inverted so that positive indicates compression '. 169 Figure 5.31 Laminate strains for material A with concave tool. The strains at the measuring points are shown by the white bars. The total strain (stotai) and the percolation strain (spercoiation) are also shown. The symbols * and * indicate the presence of minor and major defects at the corner respectively. The strain sign is inverted so that positive indicates compression 170 Figure 5.32 Laminate strains for material B with concave tool. The strains at the measuring points are shown by the white bars. The total strain (stota|) and the percolation strain (spercoiation) also shown. The symbols * and * * indicate the presence of minor and major defects at the corner respectively. The strain sign is inverted so that positive indicates compression 170 Figure 5.33 Finite element mesh including the tool and the laminate used for temperature predictions 171 Figure 5.34 Temperature profiles predicted by COMPRO compared to the experiments. The viscosity profiles predicted for the two materials are also shown indicating the gel time of the resin 171 Figure 5.35 Finite element models definition and material properties for angle laminate simulations 172 Figure 5.36 Finite element meshes for convex tool specimens (464 elements) and concave tool specimens (448 elements) 173 Figure 5.37 Location of node outputs of COMPRO simulations for the normal displacement and the resin pressure 17Figure 5.38 Comparison between the predicted and measured final thickness for the convex tool laminates. The top of the error bar corresponds to the initial thickness of the laminate. The symbol indicates the presence of a minor defect at the corner 174 Figure 5.39 Comparison between the predicted and measured final thickness for the concave tool laminates. The top of the error bar corresponds to the initial thickness of the laminate. The symbols * and indicate the presence of minor and major defects at the corner respectively.. 174 -xviii-Figure 5.40 Comparison between the experimental (stotai) and predicted (en) normal strain for convex tool laminates. The symbol * indicates the presence of a minor defect at the corner. The strain sign is inverted so that positive indicates compression. ..175 Figure 5.41 Comparison between the experimental (stotaj) and predicted (en) normal strain for concave tool laminates. The symbols * and -fr # indicate the presence of minor and major defects at the corner respectively. The strain sign is inverted so that positive indicates compression 175 Figure 5.42 Predicted deformed shape at the end of the compaction for material A laminates. The original shape of the laminate is shown by the solid line 176 Figure 5.43 Photograph of the edge profile of the laminates after cure for sample moulded with concave tool. The cross-sections shown are in the x-z plane (Figure 5.11 (a)) 176 Figure 5.44 Angle laminate compaction behaviour predicted by COMPRO for material A, convex tool. The viscosity profile for the resin is also shown 177 Figure 5.45 Angle laminate compaction behaviour predicted by COMPRO for material B, convex tool. The viscosity profile for the resin is also shown. -. 177 Figure 5.46 Angle laminate compaction behaviour predicted by COMPRO for material A, concave tool. The viscosity profile for the resin is also shown 178 Figure 5.47 Angle laminate compaction behaviour predicted by COMPRO for material B, concave tool. The viscosity profile for the resin is also shown 178 Figure 5.48 Resin pressure variation at the tool surface (Figure 5.37) predicted by COMPRO for material A, convex tool 179 Figure 5.49 Resin pressure variation at the tool surface (Figure 5.37) predicted by COMPRO for material B, convex tool 17Figure 5.50 Resin pressure variation at the tool surface (Figure 5.37) predicted by COMPRO for material A, concave tool 180 Figure 5.51 Resin pressure variation at the tool surface (Figure 5.37) predicted by COMPRO for material B, concave tool 18Figure 5.52 Contours for the normal strain s3 at the end of compaction predicted by COMPRO for laminates with material A 181 Figure 5.53 Longitudinal and shear stresses generated by the compaction of a curvilinear fibre bed for convex and concave tool configurations. The original shape is shown by the dotted lines. The fibres are oriented along s and are assumed to be very stiff in that direction 182 Figure 5.54 Photograph of a wrinkle at the corner of a [0] lay-up with material A on a convex tool. The fibres are bridging at the corner creating voids (dark lines) 182 Figure 5.55 Reaction stress at the corner (a*) for the different tool configuration, convex and concave, a is the applied pressure, sp is the surface exposed to the pressure and st is the surface exposed to the tool 183 -xix-Figure 5.56 Resin velocity vector plot predicted by COMPRO during the compaction of the laminates at t=50 minutes for material A 184 Figure 5.57 Resin pressure (kPa) contours predicted by COMPRO during the compaction of the laminates at t=50 minutes for material A 185 Figure 5.58 Fibre volume fraction contours predicted by COMPRO during the compaction of the laminates at t=50 minutes for material A 186 Figure 5.59 Photograph of a wrinkle at the corner of a [90] lay-up with material A on concave tool. The bag wedged the laminate at the corner. The bleeder stayed included in the laminate as shown 187 Figure 6.1 Dimensions and variables definition for the shear flow model 210 Figure 6.2 Effect of the tool-laminate interface boundary conditions on the predicted longitudinal velocity (vx) profile shape with Equation 6.1 210 Figure 6.3 Shear flow test configuration 211 Figure 6.4 Photograph of the loading jig for the shear flow experiments showing the principal components 21Figure 6.5 Definition of the marker positions before the test 212 Figure 6.6 Micrographs (50X) of sample 102 (markers 2, 3,4,5 - Row C) at different load increment, (a) no load, (b) Load 1, (c) Load 2 and (d) Load 3. The percolation of the resin becomes visible as the load applied increases 213 Figure 6.7 Micrographs (50X) comparing the specimen edge surface profile after Load 1 for (a) thin sample 102, (b) thick sample 20_2 214 Figure 6.8 Markers displacement (ux) profiles of a thick sample 20_1, Load 1 (Rows A, B and C) compared with the displacement profile using the function for ux in Equation 6.5 to fit the experimental points 214 Figure 6.9 Markers displacement (ux) profiles along the length of a thick sample 201, Load 1 (Rows A, B and C) compared with the displacement profile using the function for ux in Equation 6.5 to fit the experimental points 215 Figure 6.10 Markers displacement (uz) profiles of a thick sample 20_1, Load 1 (Rows A, B and C) compared with the displacement profile using the function for uz in Equation 6.5 to fit the experimental points 215 Figure 6.11 Micrographs (50X) taken from a video recording showing the plate-laminate interface at different time intervals during Load 2 increment of sample 10_2 (Row C). Images on the left are untouched, images on the right are overlaid to illustrate the deformation of a surface patch of resin as the specimen is loaded 216 Figure 6.12 Variation of the marker displacements (ux and i^) with time during and after loading for sample 201, Load 1 (markers 1,2 and surface - Row C) 217 -xx-Figure 6.13 Markers displacement (ux) profiles of thin sample 10_2, Load 1 (Row C). The final displacement profile is compared with the displacement profile using the function for ux in Equation 6.5 to fit the experimental points. The transient markers displacement are obtained from a video tape recording taken during compaction 217 Figure 6.14 Markers displacement (ux) profiles of a thick sample 20_1, Load 1 (Row C). The final displacement profile is compared with the displacement profile using the function for ux in Equation 6.5 to fit the experimental points. The transient markers displacement are obtained from a video tape recording taken during compaction 218 Figure 6.15 Variation of the slip velocity at the plate-laminate interface (VxwaU) and the shear strain rate close to the surface (dvjdz) with time for a thin specimen (102) 218 Figure 6.16 Variation of the slip velocity at the plate-laminate interface (Vxwa!1) with the shear strain rate close to the sample surface (dvx/3z) for a thin and thick sample. The critical shear strain rate (dvx/5z)0 is shown which correspond to a critical shear stress (Txz)0 after which the sample starts to slip 219 Figure 6.17 Specimen configuration for the flow mechanisms experiments 219 Figure 6.18 Possible flow mechanisms, (a) percolation and (b) shear. The initial sample dimension is indicated by the dashed line. 220 Figure 6.19 Flow number variation with curing temperature for material A and B 220 Figure 6.20 Plane view photograph of typical specimens after testing 221 Figure 6.21 Effect of ply orientation on ex (shear) and sv (percolation). The results shown are the average for three samples and the error bars represent the standard variation. The strain sign is inverted so that positive indicates compression 222 P s Figure 6.22 Effect of ply orientation on e2 (percolation) and ez (shear). The results shown are the average of three samples. The strain sign is inverted so that positive indicates compression. The strains are added to obtain the total strain of the sample ez 223 Figure 6.23 Flow mechanisms map for a uniaxial loading condition. The range of viscosity and laminate elastic modulus (Ex) in the flow direction for material A and B is shown as a reference. For [0°] and [90°], the fibres are oriented in the x and y direction respectively. :: 224 Figure A. 1 Bilinear quadrilateral element: isoparametric transformation and Gauss points location 251 Figure A.2 Computation of equivalent nodal load vectors due to the applied external pressureFigure A.3 Element coordinate system 252 Figure A.4 Tangent modulus and effective stress calculation from the fibre bed compaction curve 253 -xxi-Figure B.l Parallel plate viscosity test setup, torsional oscillation (6(t)) is applied to the specimen and the torque T(t) is measured by a load cell 272 Figure B.2 Dynamic cure viscosity results (start temperature: 50°C) for material A resin (3501-6) and comparison with model predictions (Equation B.6) using constants from Table B.2 and constants in Lee et al. (1982) 272 Figure B.3 Variation of lnm versus 1/T (Equation B.7 with a«0) for material A resin (3501-6) over a range of 50°C to 90°C. A linear regression leads to a value of 114477 J/mol for the activation energy U 273 Figure B.4 Isothermal viscosity results for material B resin (8552) and comparison with model predictions (Equation B.8) using constants from Table B.2 273 Figure B.5 Dynamic viscosity results (start temperature: 60°C) for material B resin (8552) and comparison with model predictions (Equation B.8) using constants from Table B.2 274 Figure B.6 Typical cure cycle viscosity results (start temperature: 60°C) for material B resin (8552) and comparison with model predictions (Equation B.8) using constants from Table B.2 27Figure B.7 Variation of lnm versus 1/T (Equation B.10) for material B resin (8552) over a range of 60°C to 145°C. A linear regression leads to a value of 76536 J/mol for the activation energy E^ 275 Figure B.8 Longitudinal permeability prediction for a unidirectional fibre bed from different sources (Table B.4) as a function of the fibre volume fraction 275 Figure B.9 Transverse permeability prediction for a unidirectional fibre bed from different sources (Table B.4) as a function of the fibre volume fraction 276 Figure B.10 Compaction curve computation for the load-unload test method, (a) master loading curve built from load-unload cycles, (b) resin pressure is computed, (c) the fibre bed load is calculated by subtracting (b) from (a) 276 Figure B.l 1 Load-displacement curves for different load-unload cycies (1 to 5) for load-unload compaction test (material A, 6A01) 277 Figure B.12 Load-displacement curves for load-unload compaction test (material A, 6A01) showing the different components of the total load: the resin pressure load calculated from Equation B.l3 and the fibre bed elastic load 277 Figure B. 13 Compaction curve for material A obtained with the load-unload method for samples 6A01 and 6A02. A comparison with Gutowski's model (Equation 2.3) is presented with p=350, Va=0.81, Vro=0.558 and E,=230 GPa 278 Figure B.l 4 Comparison of the compaction curves for the materials studied. For the material A, the curve obtained by both testing methods are shown 278 Figure B.l 5 Comparison of the load-displacement behaviour predictions using the compaction curves obtained by the load-unload and load-hold method respectively. The results are compared with specimen 9A01 (material A) experimental results 279 -xxii-Figure Cl Angle thickness measurement stations 283 Figure D.l Coordinate definitions for the computation of the marker position, (a) measurements from the ESEM and (b) marker position definition in the sample coordinate system 292 Figure E.l Flow mechanisms test sample dimensions: before the test (L0,W0,H0) and after the test (L',W',H'). The definition of the fibre orientation direction is also shown. ...298 -xxiii-Nomenclature u aj displacement degree of freedom ap resin pressure degree of freedom *i unit vector for fibre direction A constant for composite velocity function A constant for resin viscosity model (Appendix B) \ constant for resin viscosity model Ab A2, A3 constants for resin cure kinetics model Ae element area As ply area A* constant for composite displacement function B constant for composite velocity function B constant for resin cure kinetics model (Appendix B) B constant for resin viscosity model (Appendix B) B* constant for composite displacement function B shape function derivatives matrix c constant for permeability model C constant for permeability model C constant for resin cure kinetics model (Appendix B) Ci, C2, C3 constants for resin cure kinetics model c damping matrix fibre bed compression index strain rate vector D stiffness matrix Djjkl composite viscosity constitutive matrix Dx tangent material stiffness matrix Dex element tangent material stiffness matrix e composite void ratio eU large strain vector p ez vertical strain caused by percolation flow -XXIV-e2S vertical strain caused by shear flow E fibre bed Young's modulus constant for resin viscosity model constants for resin cure kinetics model E, fibre bed longitudinal modulus E3 fibre bed transverse modulus E3C fibre bed transverse modulus in compression E3l fibre bed transverse modulus in tension Ef fibre flexural modulus Eft fibre bed effective stiffness matrix F constant for composite viscosity model F load vector Fext vector of applied loads pint vector of internal loads Fg gravity forces vector F.eq equivalent nodal forces due to applied external pressure F| internal body forces FP resin pressure load Fz applied load for compaction experiments FN flow number g acceleration due to gravity gz gravitational acceleration G13 fibre bed shear modulus G shape function derivatives matrix h height above a reference point hj ply thickness H laminate thickness (Chapter 2, Chapter 4 and Chapter 5) H laminate half thickness (Chapter 6 and Appendix D) H0 laminate initial thickness (Chapter 4 and Chapter 6) Hoi laminate initial thickness (Chapter 5) Hi laminate final thickness (Chapter 5) H' laminate final thickness (Chapter 4 and Chapter 6) -XXV-Hr total heat of reaction Hd matrix containing pressure head term J Jacobian matrix k Kozeny constant k' modified Kozeny constant Ky fibre bed permeability tensor K fibre bed permeability K fibre bed permeability matrix Ke element fibre bed permeability matrix Kex- element longitudinal permeability Kez- element transverse permeability K'x- ply longitudinal permeability L laminate length (Chapter 2 and Chapter 4) L laminate half length (Chapter 6 and Appendix D) L length of the flat section for angle laminate (Chapter 5) L0 laminate initial length (Chapter 4 and Chapter 6) L' laminate final length (Chapter 4 and Chapter 6) m constant for resin cure kinetics model mrloss resin mass loss mc0 initial laminate mass mc final laminate mass mv fibre bed coefficient of volume change M0 laminate initial mass M' laminate final mass Mrloss resin mass loss ratio n constant for resin cure kinetics model nu Euclidean norm of the increment of the state variables n Euclidean norm of residual forces N element shape function matrix NjjU element shape function NjP element shape function P resin pressure -xxvi-p 1 atm atmospheric pressure Pb bag pressure q heat generated during curing reaction n q applied resin flux at the domain boundary if fibre radius rii reaction stress R universal gas constant R tool side radius (Chapter 5) Rf continuity equation Galerkin residual Rin angle laminate inside radius Rout angle laminate outside radius R vector of residual forces R, equilibrium of forces Galerkin residual s arc length at corner of a curved laminate Sp arc length of the laminate surface exposed to the bag st arc length of the laminate surface exposed to the tool S composite saturation Sy fibre bed compliance matrix t time time at resin gelation T temperature T tension in fibre direction (Chapter 2) T transformation matrix for coordinate system transformation T transformation matrix for coordinate system transformation Uj fibre bed displacement vector Uj marker displacement (Chapter 6) uplate displacement of the plates for a loading increment ui fibre bed velocity K resin velocity u constant for resin viscosity model u vector of unknown nodal variables u vector of time derivatives of the unknown nodal variables -xxvii-Vf volume of fibre vc volume of composite initial volume of composite Vj resin velocity V composite velocity (Chapter 6) ^xwall longitudinal velocity at the plate-laminate interface V resin velocity Va maximum fibre volume fraction va' maximum fibre volume fraction for permeability model vf fibre volume fraction initial fibre volume fraction Vfmax constant for permeability model v0 initial laminate volume wk, w. Gauss point weights W laminate width (Chapter 4 and Chapter 5) W0 laminate initial width (Chapter 4 and Chapter 6) w Laminate final width (Chapter 4 and Chapter 6) wk Galerkin weight function XESEM marker position in ESEM Coordinate System xframe marker position in picture frame Coordinate System marker position in laminate coordinate system xstage stage position in ESEM Coordinate System XLEFT sample position of the left edge surface in ESEM Coordinate System XRIGHT sample position of the right edge surface in ESEM Coordinate System ZESEM marker position in ESEM Coordinate System zframe marker position in picture frame Coordinate System zstage stage position in ESEM Coordinate System zBOT bottom plate position in ESEM Coordinate System Zi marker position in laminate coordinate system zTOP top plate position in ESEM Coordinate System a resin degree of cure ag resin degree of cure at gelation -xxviii-a0 initial resin degree of cure «co constant for resin cure kinetics model aCT constant for resin cure kinetics model ax slip constant P fibre waviness ratio P angle between local and global coordinate system (Appendix A) Kronecher delta 5 vector from Kronecher delta AEb AE2, AE3 constants for resin cure kinetics model se element strain in local coordinate system £i fibre bed strain Sb fibre bed bulk strain Eni laminate normal strain ^percolation laminate percolation strain etotal laminate total strain Sv laminate volumetric strain e £ v element volumetric strain 4> composite porosity fibre bed shear strain rate . * y complex strain rate r boundary of the domain Til Gauss point coordinate TlL composite longitudinal viscosity composite transverse viscosity * complex resin viscosity TV real part of complex resin viscosity Tl" imaginary part of complex resin viscosity K constant for viscosity model A,x slip coefficient resin viscosity Moo constant for viscosity model -xxix-V fibre bed Poisson's ratio e fibre orientation angle Pc composite density PF fibre density PR resin density e P R element resin density CT autoclave pressure n applied traction at the domain boundary * a reaction stress at the corner of curved laminate total applied stress * a complex stress Tu composite stress ae element strain in local coordinate system °u effective stress bulk effective stress effective stress at a void ratio e0 shear effective stress CO oscillations frequency during resin viscosity tests Q domain Gauss point coordinate tolerance for convergence criteria -XXX-Acknowledgments I would like to express my gratitude to all the people who helped me throughout the course of my research. I would first like to express my deepest gratitude to Dr. Anoush Poursartip and Dr. Reza Vaziri for their guidance and enthusiastic support. My experimental work could not have been completed without the assistance of Roger Bennett and Serge Milaire. Many thanks to Andrew Johnston, co-developer of COMPRO, for all the years of collaboration and the many long discussions. I am grateful to Dr. Goran Fernlund for his valuable assistance and ideas. I would like to express my gratitude to Dr. Larry Ilcewicz and Dr. Carl Nelson of The Boeing Company for giving me the chance to experience the real-world application of composite materials. This experience added a practical aspect to my research work. Many thanks to Don Stobbe and Brian Coxon of Integrated Technology Inc. for their invaluable advice on composite manufacturing. Many thanks to Dr. Alan Russel of DREP for providing material which was used in this research and to Dr. William McCarvill of Hercules Inc. for all the information on the resins used in this work. I would like to thank Dr. Walter Bradley for allowing me to carry out the very useful experiments at Texas A&M University and Catherine Wood for her advice on how to use the Environmental Scanning Electron Microscope facility. Many thanks to Dean Carnes for his precious assistance during the manufacturing of the angle laminates. I am very grateful to all the members of the Composites Group for their friendship and their support during my stay in Beautiful British Columbia. Finally, I would like to acknowledge the Canadian Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and Les Fonds pour la Formation de Chercheurs et l'Aide a la Recherche (FCAR) for their financial support. -xxxi-Chapter 1 Introduction The future use of fibre reinforced polymer composites in primary structures for aerospace applications depends mainly on cost-effective manufacturing. The material cost of aerospace composites is about ten times higher than the materials currently used. However, composites permit the manufacturing of large structural panels having complex shapes with fewer fasteners and parts, as shown in Figure 1.1. For this type of structure, the different structural elements such as skin, frames and stiffeners are cured in one operation, considerably reducing the manufacturing costs. Thus the higher cost of the material is compensated by the reduction in labor costs associated with the assembly of the structural components. The success of this cost reduction depends entirely on the design of a robust manufacturing process. Such a process should produce high quality structures that meet design tolerances, since the rejection costs for structures of the size depicted in Figure 1.1 are considerable. Today, large composite parts are routinely manufactured with a high degree of quality. However, questions about the level of reproducibility, predictability and dimension tolerances need to be addressed. A multitude of manufacturing routes are available to produce composite structures. The distinctive characteristic of composite processes is that the material is engineered simultaneously with the final part. The process used depends on the application and the number of structures to be produced. For low cost applications and small production rates, hand lay-up is the most common process used. For larger production rates, compression moulding, filament winding and pultrusion have been widely adopted by industry. More recently, resin transfer moulding allows the manufacture of high quality parts with a short process cycle, and thus has great potential for Chapter 1 Introduction the automotive industry. Autoclave processing is often chosen for high performance parts, and typically used in aerospace applications. The base material used in autoclave processing is a pre-impregnated sheet, commonly called 'prepreg'1. This prepreg contains fibres pre-impregnated with a catalyzed thermoset resin which will cure at high temperatures. The resin is partially cured to facilitate the manipulation of the prepreg. The first step of the autoclave process is the lay-up and bagging procedure outlined in Figure 1.2 (a). The prepreg plies are laid-up, forming a laminate, on a tool having the shape of the final part. The plies can be oriented in any direction to obtain the desired mechanical properties. Layers of an absorbing material forming the bleeder can be placed around the laminate if excess resin has to be absorbed from the laminate . Dams are placed around the edges of the laminate to restrict resin flow in those directions. Inserts and honeycomb cores can be included in the laminate for moulding purposes or structural requirements. A breather cloth covers the laminate assembly to provide a path for air flow. The complete assembly consisting of tool, laminate, bleeder, breather and inserts is bagged in a plastic film (called the vacuum bag) that is sealed at the tool plate. A vacuum plug connects the interior of the bag to an external vacuum pump. The second step is the curing of the part as shown in Figure 1.2 (b). The tool-laminate assembly is placed in an autoclave, essentially a large temperature and pressure controlled vessel, and the 1 Typically, a prepreg ply has a thickness of 0.2 mm and a fibre volume fraction (Vf) of 50 to 60%. 2 For no-bleed conditions (i.e. no resin flow), a layer of impermeable material replaces the bleeder. -2-Chapter 1 Introduction bag is connected to the vacuum system. In order to cure the part, pressure and temperature are applied to the laminate in a predetermined cure cycle (Figure 1.3). The temperature (T) cycle is necessary to trigger the resin polymerization reaction. The pressure (a) is applied to the laminate to conform the laminate to the tool surface, and to compact the laminate at the desired fibre volume fraction and collapse any voids that may develop during the resin cure. The bag pressure (Pb) is controlled to initially remove any entrapped air during lay-up and volatiles during cure. The bag pressure must be less than the autoclave pressure to ensure compaction of the laminate. Finally, the cured part is debagged and ready for secondary and finishing processes. The main challenge of the curing process is to determine the cure cycle, design the tool and define a bagging procedure that will produce a fully cured, void free and undistorted part in the shortest time and the most economical fashion. The trial-and-error approach was the only option initially and remains a popular way to develop cure cycles (Purslow and Childs, 1986). It consists of making several test panels with different cure cycles until the desired characteristics of the part are obtained. This approach is acceptable for basic parts such as flat or low curvature thin panels (<6 mm thick). For thicker panels («25 mm), temperature gradients through the thickness can lead to non-uniform cure and flow of the resin. Such panels need extensive test programs before a suitable cure cycle is obtained. The more modern approach to overcome the difficulty of processing complex parts is to control the autoclave using expert systems and sensors embedded in the laminate (Holl and Rehfield, 1992). Parameters such as temperature, dielectric activity (Kenny et al., 1991), degree of compaction (Ciriscioli et al., 1992; Saliba et al., 1994), and more recently resin pressure (Mackenzie, 1993) are monitored during the cure by a computer. Processing rules based on Chapter 1 Introduction experience or basic theoretical background are implemented in a real time control loop (Figure 1.2 (b)). As the part is processed, the cure cycle is altered in real time depending on the state of the processing variables measured by the sensors. The problem with this method is that the laminate is sometimes heavily instrumented with sensors that are permanently embedded in the final part. The sensors can also perturb the process by their presence. Finally, some sensors used are expensive and difficult to implement in a production environment. The more fundamental approach is process modelling (Loos and Springer, 1983). Cure cycle guidelines are obtained by studying and understanding the fundamental mechanisms that occur during processing. Processing models are developed from the governing equations for the physical phenomena involved during processing (i.e. heat transfer, cure kinetics, resin flow, laminate compaction, residual stresses). Computer simulations can isolate the dominant variables that affect the cure by means of parametric or sensitivity analysis. This approach could considerably reduce the number of plant trials to achieve an adequate processing scheme for a complex part. Among the multitude of phenomena occurring during processing, resin flow in the laminate is a critical issue. It affects the fibre volume fraction distribution, the formation of resin rich regions and the final dimensions of the part. Figure 1.4 shows typical defects related to resin movement or pressure distribution in the laminate. Residual deformations or warpage (1) are affected by residual stress development during cure. Stress calculations require the knowledge of the local elastic properties that are functions of the local fibre volume fraction. Resin rich (2) and resin poor (3) regions are a consequence of resin movements. Flow and resin pressure distributions in the laminate play an important role in void formation and migration (4). For sandwich panels, Chapter 1 Introduction surface dimpling (5) and core buckling (6) also depend on the pressure distribution and consequently resin flow in the laminate. Flow of composites during cure can be separated into two major mechanisms: percolation flow and shear flow. For percolation flow, applying pressure to the laminate is similar to squeezing a sponge that causes the fluid to bleed out. In this case, the resin flows relative to the fibres and the flow has to be coupled with the fibre bed compaction behaviour to obtain the final shape of the laminate. For shear flow, the composite behaves as a very viscous fluid filled with inextensible fibres. In this case the resin and the fibres move together with the application of an external pressure. Typically, the percolation flow approach is used to model the flow and compaction of thermoset matrix composites and the shear flow approach is applied to thermoplastic matrix composites. In both cases, the flow and compaction behaviour of laminates of simple shape is well covered in the literature. The main goal of the present research project is to build on the previous work on flow and compaction of composites. This is done by applying the current theories to study complex shape laminates such as curved panels or hat sections. To achieve this objective, the present research is organized as follows: 1) First, a complete literature review of the pertinent aspects related to flow during processing of composites is presented in Chapter 2. Based on the literature review, our objectives to study flow and compaction of complex shapes are formulated. Chapter 1 Introduction 2) Next, a 2-D finite element flow-compaction model assuming percolation flow is developed in Chapter 3. This model is applied to laminates of complex shape in Chapter 5 to study the effect of different material properties on the compaction behaviour. 3) Two thermoset matrix composites are studied for this project: a low resin viscosity and a high resin viscosity system. The material properties required by the flow-compaction model are measured, or evaluated from the literature, in Chapter 4. 4) An experimental investigation of the compaction of curved laminates having different lay-ups and bagging conditions is conducted. The results from these experiments are compared to the numerical simulations in Chapter 5. 5) Next, the shear flow behaviour mechanism is observed directly during compaction. The results are compared to the current theory used for shear flow modelling in Chapter 6. 6) The contribution of percolation and shear flow to the compaction of simple laminates is investigated in Chapter 6. Finally, suggestions to improve the current flow-compaction model formulation and recommendations for further studies are given in Chapter 7. Chapter 1 Introduction 1.1 Figures Figure 1.1 Application of composites for large aircraft structures. (Courtesy of the Boeing Company). Chapter 1 Introduction Bag Breather Bleeder Vacuum plug Dam Tool Core-Insert Laminate Sealant (a) Controller output Autoclave (b) Figure 1.2 Autoclave processing steps, (a) lay-up, (b) cure with a controller loop. Chapter 1 Introduction o •-—' V a. E H 2 3 4 5 Cure cycle time (hours) E w cu s-• Autoclave temperature Autoclave pressure Bag pressure Figure 1.3 Typical autoclave cure cycle. Figure 1.4 Processing defects induced by flow and compaction, (1) warpage, (2) resin rich region, (3) resin poor region, (4) voids, (5) surface dimpling and (6) core buckling. Chapter 2 Literature Review and Research Objectives This chapter contains a comprehensive literature review on the flow and compaction behaviour of composites during cure. In the first two sections, the characteristics of the curing resin and the fibre bed are discussed. Then the flow models for the two main flow mechanisms in composite laminates are presented. Experimental characterizations of the flow in composites are also reviewed. Finally, from the summary of the literature review, research objectives for this work are stated. 2.1 Resin behaviour during cure Cured resins in composites are long molecular chains cross-linked in a three-dimensional network. The curing process is basically the formation of that network from the basic resin components (Berglund and Kenny, 1991). A curing agent or catalyst is added to the resin to initiate the polymerization reaction. Initially, the resin is a liquid and polymerization will result in a change from a liquid to a solid state. The degree of cure, a, represents the extent of the resin polymerization reaction. Rather than basing a on a material physical property such as molecular weight or cross-link density, a definition based on the more easily measured heat of reaction of the resin is usually used as follows: where q(t) is the heat generation up to time t and HR is the total amount of heat that would be evolved during a 'complete' reaction. Thus, the degree of cure has a value between zero and unity (a=T indicates that the resin has attained full conversion). Figure 2.1 shows a typical -10-Chapter 2 Literature Review and Research Objectives variation of a with curing time. When the resin and the curing agent are mixed together, the reaction starts and the epoxy molecules increase their molecular weight (Figure 2.1 Phase I). Eventually, an infinite network is formed at a stage called the gel point (Figure 2.1 Phase II). Finally, other cross-linking reactions increase the density and the stiffness of the network to form a fully cured solid polymer (Figure 2.1 Phase III). Since the resin molecular structure changes during cure, its physical and rheological properties will change as well. The initial stages of the resin curing will more likely be dominated by purely viscous effects. But as the crosslinking reaction occurs and particularly in the region of the gel point, the resin will behave increasingly as a viscoelastic material. The rate of the curing reaction da/dt, is a function of the temperature, T, and ot. Different expressions are found in the literature to describe da/dt (Kenny et al., 1989 and 1990; Dusi et al., 1987; Mijovic and Lee, 1989). Mechanistic models are based upon a detailed knowledge of the specific chemical reactions that occur throughout the curing process. As the detailed chemical composition of many resin systems is proprietary, use of a fully mechanistic approach may not always be possible. Thus empirical or semi-empirical models are used. Empirical models are based on experimental determination of the rate of resin cure through measurement of the heat generated by the reaction. Expressions are then developed to fit experimental results. Cure kinetic constants for these semi-empirical expressions can be found experimentally with DSC (Differential Scanning Calorimeter) isothermal and dynamic tests. An accurate determination of da/dt is critical for the calculation of other properties related to the curing state of the resin such as the resin viscosity. Chapter 2 Literature Review and Research Objectives In its liquid stage, the resin viscosity is influenced by two major phenomena. The first is the growing size of the molecules which increases the viscosity. The second is the effect of the temperature on the molecular mobility. Therefore, the resin viscosity, \i, depends on T and a. Different approaches are found in the literature to model resin viscosity. Dusi et al. (1987) proposed the following empirical relation: LL = uMexp(Kcx)exp — (2.2) VKiy where u^, U, and K are constants determined from viscometer data. More fundamental models based on the free volume concept and branching theory lead to more complicated relations for the resin viscosity (Kenny et al., 1989; Mijovic and Lee, 1989). These latter models are more accurate but need extensive epoxy and amine molecular structure characterization and require the knowledge of the reaction mechanism. Figure 2.2 shows a typical viscosity variation during cure. As the resin temperature increases, the viscosity decreases to reach a minimum. At this point most of the flow occurs until the curing reaction starts and increases the viscosity. When the resin reaches the gel point, the viscosity rises rapidly and the flow stops (the resin forms a gel). Most flow models assume the resin is a Newtonian fluid (i.e. the viscosity is independent of the shear rate). During autoclave processing, the flow is quasi-static (creeping flow); therefore, the Newtonian fluid behaviour assumption can be assumed valid since the shear rates are low. However, because of the curing process, the resin rheological behaviour can change during cure. Bartlett (1978) measured the viscosity change during cure at different values of shear rates for an -12-Chapter 2 Literature Review and Research Objectives epoxy resin and found deviation of Newtonian behaviour approaching the gel point1. Since flow slows down considerably near the gel point, the non-Newtonian behaviour might not affect the flow significantly. Very viscous polymers like thermoplastic melts can exhibit a shear thinning behaviour or extensional flow. Shear thinning effects are more likely to appear at high shear rates. Extensional flow results in larger pressure drops than those predicted using classical Newtonian flow models. Skartsis et al. (1992a) isolated the viscous and elastic behaviour of polymer flow through porous media. The onset of elastic behaviour depends on the relaxation time of the fluid, the fluid velocity and the fibre bed geometry. As mentioned by Astrom et al. (1992), elastic or viscoelastic effects will more likely occur with thermoplastic processing at high shear rates, such as in thermoplastic pultrusion. 2.2 Fibre bed behaviour The fibre bed is assumed to be an elastic porous medium with incompressible and inextensible fibres. The fibre bed is fully saturated with the resin. In the percolation approach, the resin flows in the pores between the fibres. The fibre mass in the laminate remains constant during cure. This fibre bed idealization is the basis for the development of expressions to describe its elastic and flow behaviour. Since this thesis focuses mainly on the percolation flow mechanism, the fibre bed characteristics applied for this approach are described in more depth. Porous media exist in numerous forms. Soils are granular (sand) or fractured (rocks) porous media. Fibre beds are more similar to textiles.. The fibres can take two ideal packing 1 The resin is in a viscoelastic regime, therefore a different material constitutive law should be considered. -13-Chapter 2 Literature Review and Research Objectives arrangements: square and hexagonal (Figure 2.3), that enable a theoretical maximum fibre volume fraction (Vf) of 78.5% and 90.4% respectively. From that ideal arrangement, the fibres are assumed straight and the fibre bed is represented as a multitude of cells with an equivalent pore geometry. In reality, the pore geometry might not be constant in the laminate. Figure 2.4 shows different possible pore geometries for different fibre beds. Figure 2.4 (a) is a typical cross-section of a fully compacted unidirectional laminate. The pore geometry is relatively uniform and is represented as channels with a star cross section. Figure 2.4 (b) shows a unidirectional laminate where resin rich regions exist between the plies. This arrangement is similar to fractured rock soils where a network of channels exists between groups of uniform porous media. Figure 2.4 (c) illustrates a non-homogeneous pore geometry pattern typical of a fabric where fibre tows are woven together. Real unidirectional fibre beds contain fibres having small waviness with a length to height ratio of approximately 150 (Gutowski et al., 1986a). The typical pore cell and the fibre representation are a function of the type of fibre bed. This aspect is very important in the discretization of the fibre bed into characteristic porous media elements. 2.2.1 Fibre bed elasticity From compaction experiments on carbon fibre beds impregnated with silicone oil, Gutowski et al. (1986a and 1986b) found that at high fibre volume fraction (Vf>0.5) the fibres gradually carry an increasing portion of the applied load, defined as the effective stress ( a ). This behaviour is caused by multiple fibre-to-fibre contacts resulting from the fibre waviness. Assuming the fibres to be curved beams in bending, they derived the following expression to express the fibre bed effective stress as a function of the fibre volume fraction: -14-Chapter 2 Literature Review and Research Objectives o(Vf) = f I 1 -J 37iEf V P4 1 va vf0 (2.3) -1 where Ef is the flexural modulus of the fibre, p is the waviness ratio, Vro is the initial fibre volume fraction and Va is the maximum fibre volume fraction achievable. Dave et al. (1987b) 2 — have fitted an empirical relation relating the void ratio (e) to the effective stress for ( a ) ranging from 0.07 (10 psi) to 1.0 MPa (140 psi): e = -Cclog vaoy -en (2.4) where e - 1-Vf vf (2.5) Cc is the compression index and ( a0 ) is the effective stress at a void ratio e0. Lam and Kardos (1989) and Skartsis et al. (1992c) did compression tests on unidirectional carbon fibre tows impregnated with water and silicone oil. Like Dave et al. (1987b), they observed that at low effective stresses ((0 < a < 0.07 MPa (10 psi)), the relation between e and ( rj ) is linear and highly dependent on the initial fibre volume content. This region corresponds to some initial settlement of the fibre bed. The void ratio is defined as the ratio of the resin volume fraction over the fibre volume fraction. -15-Chapter 2 Literature Review and Research Objectives Kim et al. (1991) did numerous experiments on dry and lubricated glass and carbon fibre beds. They noted that an increase in the rate of loading causes an increase in the measured effective stress. Slower loading rates allow more time for fibre rearrangement. Gutowski and Dillon (1992) confirmed that observation by comparing all the available compaction curves from the literature. They stress the importance of rate effects on the consolidation behaviour of fibres by showing that slow loading rates lead to higher maximum fibre volume fractions (VJ. Kim et al. (1991) found that the compressibility of the fibre bed is strongly dependent on the type of fibre bed: unidirectional, roving or mat. Unlike Gutowski et al. (1986a), they measured an hysteresis effect during load/unload cycles of the fibre bed sample. The difference comes from the fact that Gutowski et al. tested lubricated fibre beds instead of dry fibre beds. The latter favors more fibre breakage caused by friction between fibres. Gutowski and Dillon (1992) propose a "universal" model using Equation 2.3 that fits all the fibre bed compaction curves found in the literature by setting (3=350, V^V^O.38 and by adjusting Va which represents the state of the fibre bed. They insist that this model is valid only if the bundle remains in a particular state. This state depends upon equilibrium and dynamic considerations that can be altered by the condition of the experiment. As an example, Figure 2.5 shows the calculated compaction curves of two fibre beds having a Va of 0.7 and 0.9 using Equation 2.3. Va has a strong effect on the shape of the compaction curve as seen in Figure 2.5. According to Gutowski and Dillon (1992), a fibre bed with Va<0.785 has poorly aligned fibres. Cai and Gutowski (1992a) developed a general 3-D deformation model of a lubricated fibre bundle subjected to a multidirectional stress state (Figure 2.6). The stresses carried by the fibre -16-Chapter 2 Literature Review and Research Objectives bundle are divided into normal stresses (fj,,^,^) and deviatoric shear stresses (T,2,T,3,T23). The fibre bundle cannot support tensile stresses in the transverse directions (2 and 3). A finite compression stress can be supported by the bundle in the longitudinal direction (1) depending on how the bundle is constrained. The deviatoric stresses are pure shear stresses. It is assumed that a lubricated aligned fibre bundle will react to shear stresses primarily by viscous shearing related to the rate of deformation and a viscous function. Therefore, the deformation behaviour of a fibre bundle can be characterized with a knowledge of three elastic and two viscous functions. For the elastic part of the bundle behaviour, expressions are presented to relate the bundle strains £j and eb to the normal stress state: V "s, -Eb_ _sbi sb_ ^b (2.6) where S]5 Slb, Sbl and Sb are the fibre bundle compliances that are functions of Va, Wm, (3 and Ef. The transverse behaviour is given as a bulk behaviour (i.e. sb=e2+£3 and ab = (a2 + CT3)/2). Since unidirectional fibre bundles are transversely isotropic, the shear behaviour is governed by two material constants for the composite transverse shear nT and the composite longitudinal shear nL. Therefore the bundle shear stresses are related to the shear deformation rates yr by: "V "2nL 0 0 " ~Y.2~ = 0 0 7 13 (2.7) J23. 0 0 2nT_ J23. Little information is available on the subject of shear deformation of fibre bundles. Most of the investigations of this mode of deformation come from thermoplastic matrix composites process -17-Chapter 2 Literature Review and Research Objectives (i.e. thermo-forming process) modelling where composite layers have to conform to a complex shape tool. In such processes, large shear deformations are expected and the resin rich regions between plies act as lubricant and allow large shear deformations (Kaprielian and O'Neill, 1989; Tarn and Gutowski, 1989). For percolation flow models, since the plies are conformed to the tool during the lay-up, shear deformations are relatively small and are typically neglected. Kim et al. (1991) observed some stress relaxation effects when applying a constant deformation to a dry fibre bundle. They described that phenomenon using a viscoelastic model (i.e. similar to the Maxwell model). The stress relaxation effect was greater for random mats than unidirectional fibres and it is more likely to occur for processes where deformation is imposed on the fibre bundle such as in pultrusion. 2.2.2 Fibre bed permeability The fibre bed permeability describes the resistance of the porous media to the flow of a wetting fluid. Loos and Springer (1983) and Ciriscioli et al. (1992) assumed the fibre bed permeability perpendicular to the fibre to be constant (K=5.8xl0"16 m2), consistent with their flow-compaction model (Section 2.3.1.2). In reality, the resin flow can cause fibre volume fraction changes during laminate consolidation. Therefore, the fibre bed permeability is a function of the fibre volume fraction. The Carman-Kozeny equation is commonly used to describe the permeability of a variable porosity medium (Dave et al., 1987b). This relation was originally developed for isotropic porous media made of spherical particles of near equal size and considers the porous media as a system of parallel capillaries. For fibre beds, the Carman-Kozeny equation is -18-Chapter 2 Literature Review and Research Objectives modified by substituting the hydraulic radius for a sphere bed with the hydraulic radius for a cylinder bed: K = iM (2.8) 4k Vf2 where rf is the fibre radius and k is the Kozeny constant. To take into account the anisotropy of the fibre bed permeability, the Kozeny constant has to be determined in the principal directions (1, 2 and 3). Gutowski et al. (1987b) measured the axial and transverse permeability of carbon fibre beds wetted with silicone oil. They found the axial and transverse Kozeny constants to be respectively k^O.7 (0.4<Vf<0.8) and k2=17.9 (0.69<Vf<0.72). Lam and Kardos (1989) measured the permeability at different fibre volume fractions for a carbon fibre bed with water or silicone oil. For the transverse permeability, they found k2=l 1 (0.5<Vf<0.75), but at higher Vf, k2 seemed to decrease. The axial Kozeny (k)) constant was 0.35 for silicone oil and 0.68 for water raising concern that the fluid type affects the fibre bed permeability. Williams et al. (1974) measured the axial permeability of glass, carbon and nylon fibre beds using different fluids. Their main conclusion is that non-uniform porosity, entrapped air and fluid surface tension affect the flow of the fluid and therefore the fibre bed permeability . Ahn et al. (1991) measured a maximum capillary pressure of 37 kPa during the impregnation of graphite fibre beds. Compared to the pressure of autoclave processing (100-700 kPa), the capillary pressure is small. For unsaturated fibre beds where fluid front advances like in resin transfer moulding process. -19-Chapter 2 Literature Review and Research Objectives Gutowski et al. (1987b) pointed out a flaw in Equation 2.8 for the prediction of the transverse permeability. The disturbing feature of this equation is that it predicts a permeability greater than zero at fibre volume fractions higher than the theoretical maximum Vf. At this theoretical maximum Vf, the fibres are in direct contact together blocking any transverse flow. Accordingly, they propose the following expression for K2: -1 4k' (2.9) + 1 where k' and Va' are empirical parameters. For carbon fibre beds they found k -0.2 and Va=0.76-0.82. Other approaches to develop closed-form expressions for the permeability are described by Gebart (1992), Bruschke and Advani (1993). At high fibre volume fractions, Gebart (1992) and Bruschke and Advani (1993) used lubrication theory for the transverse permeability that leads to the following expression: K2 =C y/2 Vf •1 (2.10) where C and Vfmax depend on the fibre bed packing arrangement. For the axial permeability, Gebart (1992) derives a relation similar to the Kozeny equation: 8rf2 (1-Vf)3 c Vf2 (2.11) -20-Chapter 2 Literature Review and Research Objectives where c is the hydraulic radius between the fibres. This approach agrees well with the numerical simulations for Vf>0.4. Figure 2.7 shows a typical permeability variation as function of Vf obtained with Equations 2.10 and 2.11. Skartsis et al. (1992b, 1992c), Astrom et al. (1992) and Gebart (1992) give a good overview on the subject of the permeability and flow through fibre beds. All agree that the capillary model (Equation 2.8) fails to predict the permeability over the total porosity range of the fibre bed. k is constant over a very small porosity range and must be experimentally evaluated for the specific fibre bed/fluid combination of the laminate studied. Since the fibre bed is approximately transversely isotropic, the permeability is different for flow in the axial (1) and transverse (2) directions and is represented by the tensor K: K = Kt K12 K21 K2 (2.12) For the case where the principal directions of the permeability tensor coincides with the reference coordinate system, K12=K2i=0. Lam and Kardos (1989) measured the permeability of fibre beds having 10 to 15 cross plies [0°,9] for 9=0°,30o,45° and 90°. The axial permeability decreases as 0 increases and Kj can be related to 9 by: J..C5^9 + dnle (2]3) Kj K0o K90„ where K0o and K90o are the permeabilities for 9=0° and 90° respectively. Chan et al. (1993) studied the in-plane permeability tensor for isotropic, orthotropic and anisotropic preforms. -21-Chapter 2 Literature Review and Research Objectives Most composite laminates contain several layers of unidirectional ply oriented in different directions. Therefore, each layer has a different permeability and when they are stacked together, the average permeability is given by Bruschke and Advani (1990): Ki=iZhJiq (2.14) where H is the total thickness of the lay-up containing n layers, and hi and K;J are the thickness and permeability of the jth layer respectively. Chan et al. (1992) noted that at Vf>0.5, Equation 2.14 deviates from experimental results. Adams and Rebenfeld (1991) concluded from experiments on preforms having different layer orientation that the weighted average approach is only valid when the permeability of the layers are relatively equivalent. For laminates containing layers of very different permeability, the flow is governed by the layer having the highest permeability. An important issue in the permeability modelling of fibre beds is the assumption that the material is homogeneous. In practice this assumption is not true, as some non-homogeneities are present, such as fibres of different diameter, gaps between fibre tows and non-uniform fibre distribution. Lunstrom and Gebart (1995) found analytically that the permeability was affected by both fibre size and position perturbations. Cai and Berdichevsky (1994) showed analytically that flow occurs in the layers between the fibre tows in both axial and transverse directions. 2.3 Flow-compaction models The different flow mechanisms found in composite materials are presented in Figure 2.8. Percolation flow is characterized by the motion of the resin relative to the fibre bed which leads -22-Chapter 2 Literature Review and Research Objectives to resin-poor or resin-rich areas in the laminate. For shear flow, the composite flows like a very viscous fluid containing stiff fibres where the deformation occurs within a ply (intraply) or between the plies (interply). Typically, the percolation flow approach is used to describe the flow of the resin in thermoset matrix composites. For thermoplastic matrix composites, the shear flow approach is used to represent the flow behaviour of the laminate. 2.3.1 Percolation flow models The percolation flow approach predicts resin migration within or out of the laminate. The resin movements in the laminate are obtained by solving the appropriate governing equations for flow through porous media. Darcy's law is the most popular equation used. The following section describes the approaches commonly used to calculate resin flow during composites processing. 2.3.1.1 Darcy's Law The fundamental equation that describes flow through porous media is the Darcy's law: V = -^ (2.15) \x. L where V, \i are the resin velocity and viscosity, K, L are the fibre bed permeability and thickness and AP is the pressure gradient. This law was originally developed for the flow of Newtonian fluids through porous media made of granular particles (Darcy, 1856). Gebart (1992) validated Darcy's law for low flow rate composite processes. For non-Newtonian (shear-thinning) fluids, Darcy's law can be used, but few experimental verifications are available (Astrom et al., 1992). -23-Chapter 2 Literature Review and Research Objectives Loos and Springer (1983) used Equation 2.15 to calculate resin mass losses of a flat laminate normal to the tool plate. Equation 2.15 can be generalized for a two dimensional problem: y. l K 'dP/dx dP/dy_ (2.16) where K is the permeability tensor of the fibre bed (Equation 2.12). Dave (1990) derived the general flow equation applicable to all composite processes. Solving the continuity equation for the resin and assuming Darcy's law leads to the following continuity equation for the flow of resin through an orthotropic fibre bed (Kxy=Kyx=0): S(pS<|>) dt mj) x dx dx (psf) K 5P V By dy = pS<^ d (K dP dx x_ <)>H dx dy (2.17) where § is the fibre bed porosity (<t>=l-Vf) and S is the saturation of the resin (S=l: fibre bed fully saturated with resin). The assumptions for Equation 2.17 are: 1) the porous medium contains both air and resin 2) the resistance to resin flow due to air is negligible 3) the individual fibres are assumed incompressible 4) the body forces are neglected 5) the process is quasi-static (i.e. resin velocity is small). For autoclave processing, Equation 2.17 is simplified by assuming that the spatial variation in the resin density, viscosity and porosity are negligible. Also, the composite is assumed to be fully saturated with resin (S=l). Therefore, the resin flow equation for autoclave processing is reduced to (Dave et al., 1987a; Gutowski et al., 1987a): -24-Chapter 2 Literature Review and Research Objectives at> _ 4 d f BP V d dt p. dx\ x dx J dy (2.18) One important aspect of Equation 2.18 is that it accounts for resin mass loss due to resin flow out of the laminate (i.e. dfy/dt), since autoclave processing involves a non constant volume flow problem. The resin flow behaviour alone is not sufficient to fully describe laminate consolidation during processing. The actual flow and compaction behaviour is impossible to observe directly during a real cure cycle. Springer (1982) studied the compaction of thin porous plates in a constant viscous liquid. His observations lead to a flow-compaction model called the sequential compaction model. Gutowski (1985) described the compaction behaviour of composite laminates by applying the effective stress formulation used in soil mechanics. 2.3.1.2 Sequential compaction The sequential compaction model was developed based on experimental observations of the compaction of racks of metal rods in a viscous fluid (Springer, 1982). When the resin flow is only in the normal direction, the compaction process starts from the top to the bottom of the laminate in a wave like, cascading manner (Figure 2.9 (a)). When resin flow is parallel to the plies, the laminate compacts almost uniformly (Figure 2.9 (b)). During compaction, the resin pressure is equal to the applied pressure in the uncompacted zone of the laminate. In the perpendicular direction, a pressure gradient exists only across the compacted plies where resin flows according to Equation 2.15. In the direction parallel to the plies, flow is characterized as squeezing flow between two parallel plates. This flow model assumes no resin mixing between -25-Chapter 2 Literature Review and Research Objectives the different plies of the laminate. The model predicts the laminate mass loss and the thickness variation during the cure cycle. Loos and Springer (1983) solved numerically the flow equations with a thermochemical model (resin behaviour) for different flat laminates. Model results were compared to experiments where resin mass losses normal and parallel to the tool were measured as function of the processing time. Good agreement was found and the authors concluded that their model predicts accurately the resin flow and can be used as a cure cycle design tool (Ciriscioli et al., 1992). Loos and William (1985) measured the resin flow from laminates with different ply thicknesses, dimensions and ply-stacking sequences. They used the sequential model and found good agreement with the data. The experiments indicated that the ply-stacking sequence for flat laminates does not affect significantly the total resin mass loss. 2.3.1.3 Effective stress formulation The effective stress theory was introduced in soil mechanics to model the consolidation of soils, Terzaghi (1943) and Biot (1941). Based on experimental data on compaction of fibre beds, Gutowski et al. (1987a) applied this theory to the consolidation of composites during cure. The effective stress formulation states that at any point in the laminate the stress is given by the following expression: cj = a + P (2.19) where a is the applied stress, P is the resin pressure and a is the fibre bed effective stress. The spring and piston analogy explains the consolidation behaviour of a composite laminate (Figure 2.10). The fibre bed is assumed as an uncompressed spring (i.e. the fibre bed has an elastic behaviour, Section 2.2.1) placed in a cylinder filled with fluid (i.e. the resin). As an -26-Chapter 2 Literature Review and Research Objectives external load is applied on the piston (Figure 2.10 (a)) it is totally carried by the fluid. As flow begins (Figure 2.10 (b)) because of an opening in the piston, the spring is compressed and carries a fraction of the load. As flow continues (Figure 2.10 (c)) more load is shared to the spring. Eventually, the applied load is totally carried by the spring (Figure 2.10 (d)). The rate at which the fluid bleeds out of the cylinder is dictated by the flow equation. The spring stiffness corresponds to the fibre bed elastic behaviour described in Section 2.2.1. Gutowski et al. (1987a) and Dave et al. (1987a) solved the continuity equation (Equation 2.18) with the stress equilibrium equation (Equation 2.19) to model the flow and compaction of composite laminates. Dave et al. (1987b) solved the laminate consolidation by decoupling the two governing equations. First, the resin pressure distribution is evaluated by solving the following flow equation: d? 1 . K. dt umx where mv is the coefficient of volume change: ^2P^1 „ fd2?^ dx dy (2.20) -de da mv = /. x (2-21) (l + eo) de/da is the inverse of the slope of the fibre bed stress versus void ratio curve and e0 is the initial void ratio. Equation 2.20 assumes the external load and boundary conditions to be constant. Although two dimensional flow is addressed, consolidation occurs only in the direction normal to the tool plate (no horizontal displacements). From the pressure distribution given by Equation 2.20, the resin velocity and mass losses are calculated using Darcy's Law. The resin -27-Chapter 2 Literature Review and Research Objectives loss can then be related to a new fibre volume distribution and a corresponding effective stress is given by the fibre bed compaction curve (i.e. the variation of the fibre bed stress versus the fibre bed deformation). Finally, the resin pressure is updated by solving the equilibrium equation (Equation 2.19). This solution loop is valid if appropriate time steps are chosen. Dave used a finite difference solution scheme to study the effect of laminate thickness and effect of axial versus transverse flow. In his model, the resistance to flow in the bleeder is assumed negligible and the pressure at the laminate interface is equal to the pressure in the bag. The main conclusion from his simulations was that the resin pressure falls to the bag pressure before the gel point and for any laminate thickness. For thicker laminates, the pressure decay is slower. A resin pressure gradient exists in the laminate in both the axial and transverse directions. For a thick laminate, most of the flow is axial. For a thin laminate most of the flow is transverse. Good agreement between model and experiments was found for mass losses and final ply thicknesses for different laminates with 1-D transverse flow only (Dave et al. (1987b)). The solution proposed by Dave et al. (1987b) does not take into account the moving boundary in the thickness direction. After each time step, the computational grid size has to be updated. Gutowski et al. (1987a) solved the consolidation equations by explicitly incorporating the moving boundary normal to the tool. The equation for normal flow and 1-D consolidation becomes: d_ dt 1-Vf 1 afKv^ Vf023y (2.22) -28-Chapter 2 Literature Review and Research Objectives Solving Equation 2.22 with the equilibrium Equation 2.19 using the finite difference method, the model agreed with the measured resin pressure variation at the tool for constant viscosity fluid and carbon fibre beds during a constant pressure 1 -D consolidation experiment (Gutowski et al., 1987b). Better agreement with experimental data was obtained using the modified Kozeny relation (Equation 2.9) for the permeability calculation. Dudukovic et al. (1990) used a similar formulation to Equation 2.22 and validated the model with a 1-D consolidation test using carbon fibre bed and constant viscosity silicone oil under isothermal conditions. Finally, Cai and Gutowski (1992b). modelled the compaction of cylindrical laminates during filament winding. They solved the problem for normal flow (Equation 2.22) and applied the fibre bundle elasticity relations (Equation 2.6). Again, good agreement was found between the predicted and measured resin pressure at the mandrel surface for a silicone oil-fibre laminate. A 3-D laminate consolidation finite element model was developed by Young (1995) using shell elements for each layer. The model is based on the effective stress compaction theory coupled with Darcy's law. Although the sequential and the effective stress models have different assumptions, they predict essentially the same results in the regime when the fibre bed carries no load (Tang et al., 1987). Smith and Poursartip (1993) demonstrated that the sequential model is a special case of the effective stress formulation. They concluded that the effective stress model describes more accurately the entire laminate compaction process. They also calculated the compaction behaviour of laminates having different fibre bed stress-strain curves. They found that this -29-Chapter 2 Literature Review and Research Objectives parameter has a major effect on the resin pressure distribution and the laminate compaction behaviour. The major problem for the flow and compaction modelling is the lack of experimental data to validate the model. Measuring the pressure distribution and monitoring the flow in the laminate is a very difficult task. Poursartip et al. (1992) using a tagged resin to monitor the flow during cure, noticed resin mixing between successive layers. This can come from the resin pressure gradient through the thickness of the laminate, as predicted by the effective stress formulation. Frank-Susich et al. (1992) installed pressure transducers at the tool plate and filled them with uncatalyzed resin to read the resin pressure variation during the cure. For a flat laminate, they found that the edge sensor measured a pressure 10% greater than the center sensor. They noticed local resin flow at the center of the laminate that could explain the difference between the two sensors. Both sensors were reading a pressure lower by at least 10% than the applied pressure confirming that the balance of the load must be carried by the fibre bed. Mackenzie (1993) used embedded pressure sensors to measure the hydrostatic resin pressure at different locations through the thickness of a flat carbon epoxy laminate. Figure 2.11 shows the response of the pressure sensors during the first 100 minutes of the run. As expected by the effective stress theory, a resin pressure gradient exists in the laminate from the tool to the top. A computer simulation using a 1-D cure model with the appropriate material properties and boundary conditions predicted the same resin mass loss and similar resin pressure profiles as shown in Figure 2.12. -30-Chapter 2 Literature Review and Research Objectives 2.3.2 Shear flow models For this type of flow model, the resin and the fibres move together. Thus the composite material is treated as a continuum. The theory originates from the modelling of plane deformation of fibre-reinforced materials. During the forming process, the continuous fibres exhibit no extensional flow in the fibre direction. The dominant mode of deformation is the shear across or along the fibres (Figure 2.8, intraply transverse or longitudinal). The shearing response is dominated by the matrix viscous behaviour since the resin acts as a lubricant between the stiff fibres. The composite is then treated as a highly anisotropic fluid where the extensional viscosity in the plane of deformation is much greater then its shear viscosity. The idealization generally adopted is that of an ideal fibre reinforced material (IFRM). The composite is assumed to be incompressible and to flow as a Newtonian fluid. Details of the development and assumptions of the above theory can be found in Rogers (1989). 2.3.2.1 Intraply The constitutive equations for the intraply flow are developed by Rogers (1989). The fibres are assumed to lie in a plane and are continuously distributed throughout the laminate. The local orientation of the fibre is represented by a unit vector a that is a function of position and time (Figure 2.13). With the kinematic constraints of incompressibility and inextensibility in the fibre direction, the constitutive equation is written as follows: °ij =~PSij +TaiaJ +2nTdij +2(nL -TiT)(aiakdkj +ajakdki) (2.23) -31-Chapter 2 Literature Review and Research Objectives where is the Kronecker delta, 8^ =l(i=j), 8^ =0 (i^j); ay is the stress tensor, r)L is the composite longitudinal shear viscosity, r\T is the composite transverse shear viscosity, P is an arbitrary hydrostatic pressure and T is an arbitrary tension in the fibre direction and d is the Eulerian rate of strain tensor. The constraint equations (incompressibility and inextensibility) have caused two arbitrary stress terms to appear in the constitutive equation (the hydrostatic pressure P and the fibre tension T). The stress tensor is then divided into two components: where r,j is the reaction stress due to the kinematic constraints and Ty is the stress corresponding to the deformation rate, d^. The material constitutive relation can then be written as: where Djjkl is the composite viscosity constitutive matrix and dk! is the deformation rate. For continuous fibre reinforced composites, the composite viscosity matrix has two independent material properties r\L and % since the material is assumed to be transversely isotropic. The practical determination of the material properties are discussed later. The above theory has been used to model shear flow in numerous situations. Balasubramanyam et al. (1989), Barnes and Cogswell (1989) and Rogers (1989) applied the IFRM theory to study the squeezing flow or transverse intraply flow of PEEK4-carbon fibre composites. The equations can be significantly simplified for the forming flow involved in the compression moulding of 4 poly(ether ether ketone). (2.24) =Dijkidki+rij (2.25) -32-Chapter 2 Literature Review and Research Objectives unidirectional composites between two parallel heated plates. Simple analytical expression for the material deformation are developed by Rogers (1989) and Balasubramanyam et al. (1989) for different boundary conditions at the composite-tool interface. Balasubramanyam et al. (1989) found that a zero-friction boundary condition cannot match the experimental data. A no-slip boundary condition gave better agreement but like Barnes and Cogswell (1989), they found that the viscosity of the material increased dramatically as the material was compacted. Both explain the phenomena by the fact that as the material shears, the fibres move and may twist causing them to lock and prevent any further deformation. O Bradaigh (1993) applied the IFRM theory to the sheet forming process by solving Equation 2.23 using the finite element method under plane stress conditions. For the forming of unidirectional PEEK-carbon fibre composite plates, the model could predict the zone of high shear stresses and compression stresses that would lead to local buckling of the fibres. These local stresses were causing severe fibre buckling observed experimentally. Rogers and O'Neill (1991) developed plane strain analytical expressions to describe the forming process of unidirectional composites from a flat plate to an angle under a line load or a uniform pressure. Efforts to characterize the shear flow behaviour of continuous fibre composites were conducted by Groves (1989) and Groves and Stocks (1991). They used a parallel plate torsion rheometer to measure the transverse and longitudinal composite viscosities under different conditions of strain, strain-rate and temperature. One of their major finding was that although the resin (in this case PEEK) would almost exhibit a Newtonian behaviour, the composite (Vf=60%) appears to be very non-Newtonian. Jones and Roberts (1994) investigated the effect of the fibre volume fraction on nT and nL for an 'ideal' composite material made of nylon fibres and Golden Syrup -33-Chapter 2 Literature Review and Research Objectives matrix (a Newtonian fluid). Using a linear oscillator apparatus, they found that uT and r|L increase with the fibre volume fraction. The experimental results were compared with micromechanical analytical predictions of the composite viscosity as a function of the fibre volume fraction (Pipes, 1992; Christensen, 1993). The analytical predictions agreed relatively well with the data up to a fibre volume fraction of 60%. The transverse to longitudinal composite viscosity ratio (r|T/r|L) found in the literature varies significantly. Groves and Stocks (1991) reported a ratio of r|x/r|L ranging from 1 to 2 for composites tested at different temperatures and shear rates. Cogswell (1991) suggested that riT/r|L was 0.77 and finally Wheeler and Jones (1991) concluded that no distinct differences could be made between nx and r)L due to the large scatter in the data. Coffin et al. (1995) developed an analytical relation for nT and r|L by considering the deformation of an assembly of rigid fibres in a linear viscous fluid subjected to a steady state pure shearing motion: ^=%=wb^ (2-26) where F=7i/4 for a square array and F=7t/(2 V3) for a hexagonal array. The work done to characterize the composite viscosity was conducted on thermoplastic matrix composites. For these materials, the resin viscosity in Equation 2.26 depends essentially on the temperature. For thermoset matrix composites, the resin viscosity is a function of temperature and degree of cure (Equation 2.2). Thus, the composite viscosity would be also affected by the curing state of the resin. -34-Chapter 2 Literature Review and Research Objectives 2.3.2.2 Interply In practice, composite laminates consist of a stack of plies having different fibre orientations. It is often observed that a resin rich region corresponding to 5% of a ply thickness is formed between two adjacent plies. This viscous layer acts as a lubricant allowing high shear deformations of the laminate during processing. For this particular mode of deformation different modelling approaches are considered. Kaprielian and O'Neill (1989) have modelled the ply as a fibre-reinforced inextensible viscous fluid and the resin rich layer as a Newtonian viscous fluid. Tarn and Gutowski (1989) adopted a similar approach but assumed the ply to be linear elastic. Finally Jones and Oakley (1990) used the interply shear mode approach to explain the composite non-Newtonian behaviour found in rheological test data from Groves (1989). They concluded that the combination of interply and intraply deformation could explain the non linear response of the material. Scherer and Friedrich (1991) performed simple pull-out experiments to study the laminate ply-slip behaviour. They found that the major parameters influencing the interply shear behaviour was the temperature, the slip velocity and the laminate lay-up. Using simple bending forming tests, they found the presence of both interply and intraply deformation in the laminate. The stacking sequence was found to greatly influence the laminate quality. 2.4 Literature review summary and research objectives Table 2.1 summarizes the state of research on flow and compaction of laminates during cure. From this table, the following statements can be made: 1) The percolation flow approach (Darcy's law) has been applied to thermoset composites. -35-Chapter 2 Literature Review and Research Objectives 2) The shear flow approach (IFRM theory) has been applied to thermoplastic composites. 3) Most of the theoretical and experimental work has focused on flat laminates. 4) Validation of the flow-compaction theories were done using 'ideal' composites (e.g. oil-fibre). 5) Most of the thermoset matrix composites studied to date are high flow systems (i.e. low resin viscosity). Problem statement A fundamental knowledge of flow and laminate compaction mechanisms has been gained by the study of laminates having simple geometries. The problem now consists of applying, evaluating and expanding this knowledge to predict the flow and compaction behaviour of complex shaped laminates which are representative of real applications of the autoclave processing of thermoset matrix laminated composites. What has been done for this thesis In order to solve the problem stated above, the following issues have been addressed: • the development and application of a process model for complex shapes based on the percolation approach • the study of actual composite materials, especially the newer materials • the determination and investigation of the fact that shear flow is significant for both complex shapes and the newer materials. -36-Chapter 2 Literature Review and Research Objectives Work presented in this thesis Figure 2.14 presents a flow chart that outlines the organization of the present research. The work is divided into numerical and experimental parts as follows: • Implementation of current knowledge in a versatile process model A flow-compaction model based on the percolation flow approach is implemented in a 2-D finite element process model. The material properties required to run the model are evaluated from the literature or with experiments. Particularly the fibre bed compaction curve is measured directly from the prepreg supplied from the manufacturer. Then, simple uniaxial compaction tests are used to validate the model and verify that the materials are adequately characterized. • Application of the model to practical shapes Once validated, the model can be applied to study the compaction of angle laminates. The first step of this investigation consists of doing a sensitivity analysis to identify the critical material properties and their effect on compaction. Then, an experimental investigation of angle laminate compaction is conducted. These experiments are designed to cover a wide range of processing conditions. Thus the different flow mechanisms and their effect on compaction can be identified. The last step consists of comparing the experiment results with simulations using the process model. This is necessary to verify the applicability of the model to predict the compaction of complex shapes. -37-Chapter 2 Literature Review and Research Objectives • Expansion of current knowledge to improve the model developed Results from the angle laminate experiments indicate that shear flow is important. Thus a shear flow experimental study is performed. Finally, to understand the interaction between the different flow mechanisms, simple compaction experiments are performed. -38-Chapter 2 Literature Review and Research Objectives 2.5 Tables Table 2.1 Summary of flow-compaction theoretical and experimental work. Reference Theory Experiment Approach Assumptions Geometry Material Parameters Loos and Springer (1983) Loos and William (1985) Ciriscioli etal. (1992) Sequential compac. Darcy's law Normal compac. Normal, longitudinal flow Flat panels Carbon-epoxy Resin mass losses Laminate thickness Gutowski et al. (1987a) Gutowski et al. (1987b) Effective stress Darcy's law Normal compac. Normal, longitudinal flow Flat panels Carbon-silicone oil Oil pressure at tool Dave et al. (1987a) Dave etal. (1987b) Effective stress Darcy's law Normal compac. Normal, longitudinal flow Rogers (1989) IFRM theory Plane strain Barnes and Cogswell (1989) Flat panels Carbon-PEEK Dimension change Force-time history Balasubramanyam et al. (1989) IFRM theory Plane strain Flat panels Carbon-PEEK Dimension change Force-time history Frank-Susich et al. (1992) Flat panels Honeycomb panels Carbon-epoxy Resin pressure at tool Cai and Gutowski (1992b) Effective stress Darcy's law Normal, tangential compac. Normal flow Cylinders Carbon-silicone oil Oil pressure at mandrel Dudukovic et al. (1990) Effective stress Darcy's law Normal compac. Normal flow Flat panels Carbon-silicone oil Oil pressure in laminate Smith and Poursartip (1993) Sequential compac. Effective stress Darcy's law Normal compac. Normal, longitudinal flow Mackenzie (1993) Effective stress Darcy's law Normal compac. Normal flow Flat panels Carbon-epoxy Resin pressure in laminate Resin mass losses Laminate Vf 0'Bradaigh(1993) IFRM theory Plane stress Sheet Carbon-PEEK Final deformation Saliba et al. (1994) Flat panels Carbon-epoxy Panel thickness change Young (1995) Effective stress Darcy's law Normal compac 3-D flow -39-Chapter 2 Literature Review and Research Objectives 2.6 Figures Figure 2.1 Typical resin degree of cure evolution during cure. The resin changes from a liquid state (Phase I), to a gel state (Phase II) and finally to a solid state (Phase III). Figure 2.2 Typical resin viscosity evolution during cure. The resin is fluid during Phase I before it reaches the gel point in Phase II. -40-Chapter 2 Literature Review and Research Objectives (a) (b) Figure 2.3 Ideal fibre packing arrangements, (a) square and (b) hexagonal. Figure 2.4 Actual fibre beds pore geometries, (a) intraply, (b) resin rich regions between individual plies and (c) non-uniform fabric arrangement. -41-Chapter 2 Literature Review and Research Objectives 1.4 0.3 0.35 0.4 0.45 0.5 0.55 0.6 0.65 0.7 0.75 0.8 Fibre volume fraction Figure 2.5 Typical fibre bed compaction curves. Va is the maximum fibre volume fraction possible which is related to the fibres alignment in the fibre bed. Figure 2.6 3-D fibre bundle stress state (Cai and Gutowski, 1992a). -42-Chapter 2 Literature Review and Research Objectives 1E-11 1E-12 1E-13 1E-14 - Transverse Axial -+-0.45 0.5 0.55 0.6 0.65 0.7 0.75 Fibre volume fraction Figure 2.7 Typical fibre bed axial and transverse permeability variation with fibre volume fraction. PERCOLATION SHEAR Intraply Transverse Longitudinal Interply Figure 2.8 Type of flow mechanisms during processing (6 Bradaigh et al., 1993). -43-Chapter 2 Literature Review and Research Objectives (b) Figure 2.9 Sequential compaction behaviour, (a) transverse flow and (b) axial flow (Loos and Springer, 1983). Flow Full compaction Figure 2.10 Effective stress compaction analogy (Dave et al., 1987a). -44-Chapter 2 Literature Review and Research Objectives Figure 2.11 Resin pressure sensor response during compaction of a flat carbon-epoxy laminate (Mackenzie, 1993). The pressure sensors where distributed through the thickness from the top (SI) to the tool (S5). Figure 2.12 Resin pressure from 1-D compaction simulation of the experiment of Fig. 2.11 assuming a bag pressure equivalent to the measured pressure for the top sensor (SI). -45-Chapter 2 Literature Review and Research Objectives fibre direction vector Figure 2.13 Composite laminate idealization for shear flow models (6 Bradaigh et al., 1993). Numerical Experimental Implementation of knowledge Application, of knowledge Expansion of knowledge 2-D Process Model I Model Validation Sensitivity Analysis I Angle Laminate Simulations Material Characterization Uniaxial Compaction Experiments Angle Laminate Experiments 1 Investigation of Shear Flow Mechanism I Flow Mechanisms Experiments Figure 2.14 Flow chart of the research presented in this thesis. -46-Chapter 3 Percolation Flow-Compaction Finite Element Model This chapter presents the details of the development of the percolation flow-compaction model. The general modelling approach is described and details of the assumptions for the flow-compaction model are discussed. Then, the governing equations for our problem are developed before applying the finite element method to solve the differential equations. The different methods of solution are described with the actual program algorithm. Finally, the present model is validated by comparing the solution of different cases with closed-form solutions or other available numerical models. 3.1 Composite process modelling approach The optimum goal of process modelling is to predict the curing behaviour of large and complex parts. Because of the complexity of the different mechanisms occurring during processing, it is almost impossible to model directly such complex structures. The focus of the present model is on the analysis of composites processing at a 'local discretization' level as illustrated in Figure 3.1. At this level, it is possible to incorporate a relatively high degree of complexity1 in the solution. The results from the simulation at a local level can then be used as input to larger models to predict the behaviour of a more complex structure. A modular approach similar to that described by Loos and Springer (1983) is employed for the overall model structure. As illustrated in Figure 3.2, the main body of the program consists of a 1 Complex geometries, tooling effects and automated autoclave control. -47-Chapter 3 Percolation Flow-Compaction Finite Element Model series of 'modules', each responsible for performing a single task such as calculating resin flow (the 'flow-compaction' module) or development of internal stresses (the 'stress-deformation' module). The various modules are called as needed by a controlling routine as the solution marches forward in time. At the beginning of each time step, an 'autoclave controller' module, simulating automated autoclave control, updates all process variables including the autoclave air temperature, the autoclave pressure and the vacuum bag pressure. A central database containing a description of the modelled components (i.e. composite, tool, inserts, etc.,) is updated by each solution module as it is called. A brief description of the thermochemical, stress-deformation and autoclave controller modules is presented. The flow-compaction module which is the main topic of this chapter is described in depth in Section 3.2. The thermochemical module is responsible for the calculation of the distribution of the component temperature and the resin degree of cure. This module consists of a combination of analyses for heat transfer and resin reaction kinetics (e.g. Bogetti and Gillespie (1991)). The composite thermophysical properties (i.e. density, heat capacity and thermal conductivity) are calculated from the local fibre volume fraction (Vf), and instantaneous resin and fibre properties. Six of the most widely used cure kinetic models are available in this module. The stress-deformation module models the development of internal stresses and deformations within a component throughout the processing cycle. The current model incorporates analyses of the following major sources of process-induced stresses: thermal effects, resin cure shrinkage, uneven resin flow and tool-part interface. A hardening linear elastic material model is used to describe the behaviour of the curing resin. At the start of each module time step, ply mechanical -48-Chapter 3 Percolation Flow-Compaction Finite Element Model properties are determined from micromechanics models using the local fibre volume fraction (Vf) and fibre and resin properties calculated from the local temperature and degree of cure. A combined trapezoidal/Gaussian integration rule is used to smear the ply properties and strains to obtain equivalent element stiffnesses and nodal displacements. An important concept used in the present process modelling approach is that of the 'virtual autoclave' incorporated in the controller module. Virtual sensors can be placed at element nodes and are monitored just as thermocouples would in a real part. These 'measured' temperatures are used by controller algorithms based on those used in actual autoclaves to set the air temperature and autoclave pressure for the next time step. Also, other autoclave characteristics may be simulated, such as maximum heating rates (based on maximum heater capacity and part/autoclave thermal mass) and the boundary heat transfer coefficient (as a function of autoclave temperature and pressure). The combined effect of this type of autoclave controller algorithm with the modelling of the tool affects the curing prediction considerably (Hubert et al., 1995). 3.2 Flow-compaction model development As discussed in Chapter 2, the flow and compaction of thermoset matrix composites has been modelled previously using the percolation flow approach applied to simple cases. Our goal is to apply this approach to complex structures to investigate if it can predict their compaction behaviour adequately. Performing the analysis on only a 2-D section is believed to be adequate for most composite structures as at least one dimension is usually much larger than the other two. Gradients in this third direction are correspondingly small and can safely be ignored. -49-Chapter 3 Percolation Flow-Compaction Finite Element Model Furthermore, in practice dams are placed around the laminate to prevent resin flow from the edge of the part. This reduces considerably any in-plane resin flow out of the laminate. 3.2.1 Model assumptions The curing composite material is idealized as a void free fibre bed fully saturated with a curing resin. A ply is composed of regular, unidirectional, very stiff and incompressible fibres. Individual plies can be oriented in any direction (in-plane orientation) (Figure 3.3). The resin is assumed to behave as an incompressible Newtonian fluid. The incompressibility of the constituents is justified here because the stress level involved during processing are much lower than the bulk modulus of the resin and the fibres . As the laminate is compacted, the resin flows relative to the fibre bed. The resin viscosity changes with temperature and degree of cure. The temperature effects on the resin and fibre physical properties (i.e. density) are not included explicitly in the governing equations. A plane strain condition is assumed since the model discretizes a slice of the part (Figure 3.3). 3.2.2 Governing equations Figure 3.3 shows the representative element of a curved composite part defining the domain where the governing equations must be satisfied. The governing equations of the system must describe the behaviour of the composite constituents: the fibre bed and the resin. Firstly, the equilibrium of forces on the representative element is considered. Secondly, the mass 2 Applied stress: 0-1.4 MPa, resin bulk modulus:* 1 GPa, fibre bulk modulus: 196 GPa. -50-Chapter 3 Percolation Flow-Compaction Finite Element Model conservation for the representative element must be satisfied. For a porous medium saturated with a single phase fluid, the effective stress formulation states that the total stress cr^ is separated into two parts as : °, = °n-W (3-D where rjy is the fibre bed effective stress, Sy is the Kronecker delta (5^=1 for i=j and 8^=0 for i*j) and P is the resin pressure. For the representative element, the equilibrium equation is: o-y. + F-O (3.2) where F; are internal body forces. For simplicity, the following notation is adopted: (*).=^- (3.3) We can replace the total stress in Equation 3.2 by Equation 3.1 to obtain the equilibrium equation for a differential element of the composite: (o„-8^ + 3=0 (3.4) The resin percolates through the fibre bed according to Darcy's law. Accordingly, the resin velocity Vj relative to the fibre bed is expressed as: vs= MP + pRgh). (3.5) Tensile stresses are by convention positive. -51-Chapter 3 Percolation Flow-Compaction Finite Element Model where is the fibre bed permeability tensor, (a is the resin viscosity, pR is the resin density, g is the acceleration due to gravity and h is the height above a reference point. In Equation 3.5, the effect of gravity is included because we believe that it might affect the resin flow specially when a laminate contains vertical surfaces. For the composite representative element, the conservation of mass is then applied to the fibres and the resin. If the fibres and the resin are assumed to be incompressible, the conservation of mass requires (Appendix A, Section A.l): where lij is the fibre bed velocity. Replacing the resin relative velocity in Equation 3.6 by the expression of Equation 3.5, we obtain the final resin flow continuity equation for the curing composite: The continuity equation (Equation 3.7) implies that the volumetric deformations of the composite are caused by the flow of the resin out of the representative element (Figure 3.3). This implies that the dimensional reference for the composite is in fact the fibre bed dimensions. 3.2.3 Boundary and initial conditions The solution to the problem of flow and compaction involves a set of transient differential equations. We need to specify the initial conditions and the boundary conditions applied to the domain. The state variables that describe the evolution of the flow-compaction process are the fibre bed displacements Uj and the resin pressure P. All pertinent parameters can be derived from (3.6) (P + PRgh). (3.7) -52-Chapter 3 Percolation Flow-Compaction Finite Element Model these primary state variables. The initial and boundary conditions are summarized in Table 3.1. The composite material has an initial fibre volume fraction V^. This information is used to calculate the instantaneous fibre volume fraction at any time during the solution. The initial resin pressure is assumed to be atmospheric pressure and the fibre bed is initially stress free. Boundary conditions specify the displacements, the applied pressure and resin pressure state at the edge of the laminate. The displacement boundaries are constant during the entire solution and are separated into three categories: free, fixed and sliding4. The external pressure can vary during the solution. The flow boundary condition is either impermeable or permeable. The permeable boundary condition is specified by imposing a prescribed resin pressure at the boundary. The boundary pressure is the pressure of the vacuum bag and can change with time. The restriction to flow from the bleeder is neglected since the permeability of the bleeder is typically three orders of magnitude higher than that of the composite. Therefore, the assumption of a 'free flow' boundary condition is justified. The impermeability condition is equivalent to having a zero normal pressure gradient at the boundary (i.e. 3P/dn = 0). 3.2.4 Composite constitutive law The fibre bed constitutive law relates the fibre bed stresses to the strain or strain rate field applied to a unidirectional composite representative element (Figure 3.4). The constitutive law used for the present model considers the elastic response of the fiber bed. Cai and Gutowski (1992a) proposed a constitutive law for a fibre bundle where the stresses were divided into normal and 4 Only displacements normal to the surface are fixed. -53-Chapter 3 Percolation Flow-Compaction Finite Element Model deviatoric shear stresses. The normal stresses would result in the elastic response of the material and the shear stresses cause the viscous flow. In the present work, only the fibre bed elastic response is considered. In Section 2.2.1, it was shown that the fibre bed effective stresses are related to the strains and this relation in matrix form can be written as: {a} = [Eft]{e} (3.8) where [Eft] is the fibre bed effective stiffness matrix. For an element of a unidirectional fibre bundle, the entries of [Eft] are functions of both the fibre bed state and fibre volume fraction. For plane strain conditions (s2= Yi2= 723=0, T12 = T13 = 0), Equation 3.8 can be simplified as follows: °v V ; = [Eft} s3 • .V Yl3. where a1;, a3, T]3 and eh s3, x13 are the stresses and strains in the local coordinate system of the unidirectional fibre bundle (Figure 3.4). Cai and Gutowski (1992a) considered only the normal component of G~ (i.e. i=j) to be elastic. In their constitutive law, they separated the normal stresses into two components: the axial stress c^ and the bulk stress CT5=(CT2+O-3)/2. For a plane strain problem their constitutive law yields: 7E, E13 0" V ' °3 E3 0 £3 > (3.10) Jl3. 0 0 2r,_ jl3. Their expression for [Eft] includes a coupling term between rjj and CT3 which implies that a transverse strain induces an axial strain and the fibre bundle has a Poisson's ratio. The shear -54-Chapter 3 Percolation Flow-Compaction Finite Element Model response of the material is assumed to be viscous or strain rate sensitive. In soil mechanics problems, the linear elastic response of the porous medium is assumed to be isotropic leading to the following constitutive law: 1T13J (l + v)(l-2v) 1-v V 0 El V 1-v 0 s3 0 0 l-2v 2 (3.11) where E and v are the soil Young's modulus and Poisson's ratio. In this case, the shear response is elastic as opposed to the model presented in Equation 3.10 and coupling is also included. For the present model, a constitutive law that includes elements of both of the previously discussed approaches is used. A simplified model is adopted because there is a lack of experimental evidence to support a more complex constitutive law. Consequently, the present compaction model is based on the following purely elastic constitutive relation: °1 ' °3 0 0 E3 0 0 0 G 0 13. El" (3.12) where El5 E3 and G13 are the elastic constants describing the fibre bundle compaction behaviour. Since the fibres are oriented in the longitudinal direction, Ei is assumed to be a function of the fibre longitudinal elastic modulus and the fibre volume fraction. The fibre bundle transverse response is controlled by E3 which varies with the fibre bundle transverse strain. This property is calculated from the fibre bed compaction curve obtained experimentally. The fibre bundle shear modulus GI3 is a material property that has not been discussed previously. In soil mechanics, this property is directly derived from the elastic modulus of the porous medium with the -55-Chapter 3 Percolation Flow-Compaction Finite Element Model assumption that the material is isotropic. The actual effect of this material property on the compaction behaviour of the laminates is unknown. Therefore, a sensitivity analysis for the shear modulus G13 is conducted in Section 5.1. A very important aspect to note is that there is no coupling between the longitudinal and transverse behaviour (i.e. Poisson's ratio is assumed to be zero). From the Cai and Gutowski's constitutive law (Equation 3.10), the induced axial strain caused by a transverse strain is very small (v«0). Uncoupling the deformation is not an exact assumption, nevertheless it is believed to be reasonable. In practice, the transverse strains (out-of-plane) are the primary mode of laminate deformation. The in-plane strains of the laminate induced by the applied out-of-plane strains can be neglected since the ratio between the in-plane dimensions and the out-of-plane dimensions is very large. Details on the implemented fibre bed constitutive law are presented in Appendix A, Section A.5.2. 3.2.5 Finite element formulation The governing equations for flow and compaction are solved using the finite element approximation. For soil consolidation problems, this method was successfully used by Lewis and Schrefier, (1987). In composite manufacturing, the flow of resin in resin transfer moulding process was also modelled using finite elements (Bruschke and Advani, 1990; Trochu et al., 1992). For autoclave processing Young (1995) used the finite element method, although typically the finite difference method has been used in the past (Section 2.3.1.3). The finite difference method is adequate for the simple geometries typically studied before. Since the main goal of the present study is to analyze the flow and compaction of more complex geometries, the finite element method is more appropriate. The solution for a porous medium compaction-flow -56-Chapter 3 Percolation Flow-Compaction Finite Element Model model is available in the commercial code ABAQUS5 to model consolidation of soils. Attempts were made to use this code to solve the present problem. Unfortunately, special features such as variable viscosity and a general fibre bed constitutive law are not implemented in ABAQUS. Therefore, a new special purpose finite element code was developed. The details on the theory of the finite element technique is not discussed since numerous references are available on this subject (e.g. Cook et al., 1989). However, a complete derivation of the discretized equations along with the solution method is presented here. 3.2.5.1 Weighted residual method The governing equations (Equations 3.4 and 3.7) form a system of differential equations that have to be discretized into a system of algebraic equations. This is accomplished with the finite element method where the domain is subdivided into a series of simple shaped elements connected together at the nodes. The unknown variables are approximated by simple polynomial functions. Each node of the finite element model has one or more degrees of freedom associated with it. Since a finite element model contains a finite number of degrees of freedom6, the solution is only an approximation. The first step in the finite element method is to develop the discretized equations for a single element. Several techniques are commonly used. For structural analysis, the variational method or the Rayleigh-Ritz method is typically used because the governing equations can easily be expressed in terms of the potential energy. When the Commercial non-linear implicit finite element code. 6 The real system will have an infinite number of degrees of freedom. -57-Chapter 3 Percolation Flow-Compaction Finite Element Model differential equations are available and a variational formulation does not necessarily exist, weighted residual methods are the preferred choice. These techniques are typically used for field problems such as heat transfer or fluid flow. The weighted residual equation is: JRWkdQ = 0, k = l,...,n (3.13) n where R and Wk are the residual and the weight functions. For the equilibrium of forces (Equation 3.4), the residual is: Rs=(^ij-SijP). + Fi (3.14) and for the continuity equation (Equation 3.7), the residual is: Rf=(ui)i-f^(P + pRgh) (3.15) Introducing the residuals (Equations 3.14 and 3.15) into Equation 3.13 and integrating by parts (Appendix A, Section A.2) results in the following set of equations: JajjWkjdQ-j5ijPWkjdQ = jFiWkdQ + Ja:Wkdr no. n r K K <3-16) -J(ui)iWkdQ-J^PJWk,idQ = J^(pRgh)jWkidQ-}qnWkdr n n r1 n M- r The integration by parts introduces the boundary integrals on the right end side of Equation 3.16. The next step consists of choosing the appropriate weight functions and substituting them in the residual equations. -58-Chapter 3 Percolation Flow-Compaction Finite Element Model 3.2.5.2 Galerkin finite element equations The Galerkin method, which is the most popular weighted residual method, is used to produce the finite element formulations of the present model. The Galerkin finite element formulation is applied to the governing equations (Equation 3.4 and 3.7) over the domain Q. For the Galerkin finite element method, the weight functions used are the shape functions Ns chosen for the element. The composite displacements and the resin pressure are approximated over each element with two sets of interpolation functions: UrENX and P^ZNX (3-17) j=i j=i where Ny" and NjP are the shape functions, ajU and ajP are the displacement and resin pressure degrees of freedom at the nodes respectively. Matrix notation is adopted to make the equations more readable. Thus, Equation 3.17 is written as follows: u = Nuau and P = Npap (3.18) The present model assumes small strains, therefore the strain is related to the displacements by: Replacing the displacements by their discretized form we obtain: s = Bau (3.20) -59-Chapter 3 Percolation Flow-Compaction Finite Element Model where B is a matrix containing the derivatives of the displacement shape functions (Appendix A, Section A.3). Substituting Equation 3.20 in the constitutive relation (Equation 3.8), the effective stress can be expressed in terms of the nodal displacements by: rj = DT B a" > (3.21) where DT is the tangent material stiffness matrix for the fibre bed. Replacing 6^ in Equation 3.16 with Equation 3.21 and replacing the weight functions and their derivatives by the shape functions and their derivatives, we obtain the discretized governing equations: J BT DT B audQ - JBT5 apNpdQ = J N"TF dQ + J NuTa" dr n n n r (3.22) - J NpT5TB audQ - JGT—GapdQ = j*GTHddQ - J NpTqndr n n ci r where G is a matrix containing the derivatives of the shape functions, 5 is a vector defined in Appendix A, Equation A.35 and HD is a matrix containing the pressure head term, Appendix A, Equation A.40. The domain is discretized with bilinear quadrilateral isoparametric elements (Figure 3.5). Most laminates can be meshed using quadrilateral elements. The choice of an isoparametric element enables one to apply the equations to a domain of arbitrary shape in the x-z plane. The same shape function is used for the displacements and the resin pressure (i.e. Nu = Np = N). Details on the particular form of the shape function and the procedure to get the shape function derivatives are provided in Appendix A, Section A.3. For coupled fluid flow-elasticity problems, it is recommended to use an eight noded rectangular element with quadratic functions for the displacements and linear functions for the pressure. Although the problem has been successfully solved with a four noded bilinear element, the eight noded element approach -60-Chapter 3 Percolation Flow-Compaction Finite Element Model reduces some numerical instabilities arising from the coupling of the governing equations. For simplicity and computing efficiency, the bilinear four noded element is chosen. 3.2.5.3 Method of solution Different routes are available for solving the governing equations (Equation 3.22). One can uncouple the system of equations by alternatively solving the stress equilibrium and then the continuity (or fluid flow) equation. This technique has been used in the majority of flow-compaction models for composites. Typically, for soil mechanics applications, the solution is applied to the coupled system of equations. For the present model, the coupling approach is used even though the problem can be assumed quasi-static and the uncoupled method is justified. Coupling the governing equations is a more standard practice which simplifies the solution algorithm. From Equation 3.22, we can write the system of equations to solve: (3.23) where "s L "au" "0 0" ~au" Fs + = Ff_ 0 H _ap LT 0 _ap_ S = JBTDTBdQ (3.24) L = -jBT5NdQ n H = -[GT—GdQ (3.25) (3.26) -61-Chapter 3 Percolation Flow-Compaction Finite Element Model LT = -JNT5TBdQ (3.27) Fs = j" NTF8 dQ +1 NTrj" dr (3.28) Ff =JGTHddQ-JNTqndr (3.29) n , r The solution procedure consists of performing the integration of Equations 3.24-3.27 in order to obtain the element stiffness matrix which is then assembled in the global stiffness matrix of the system. The integration of Equations 3.28-3.29 for each element leads to consistent nodal load vectors. Details for the integration of Equation 3.24-3.29 are presented in Appendix A, Section A.4. Then the appropriate essential boundary conditions (i.e. displacements and resin pressure) are applied and Equation 3.23 is solved to find the unknown nodal variables. Apart from the standard spatial element integration required, the solution of the system of equations requires two other fundamental solution strategies. The presence of a time derivative in Equation 3.23 implies that the governing equation has to be integrated in time (this solution method is presented in Section 3.2.5.4). Finally, because of the non-linear behaviour of the fibre bed elasticity and permeability, a non-linear iterative technique is required. Details of the solution procedure are discussed in Section 3.2.5.5. 3.2.5.4 Time integration The consolidation is a transient problem and the system of equations has to be integrated in time. The system of ordinary differential equations (Equation 3.23) can be rewritten as follows: -62-Chapter 3 Percolation Flow-Compaction Finite Element Model CU + DU = F for t>t0 (3.30) where U is the vector of unknown nodal variables, U is the vector of time derivatives of the unknown nodal variables, C is the damping matrix, D is the stiffness matrix and F is the load vector. The system of equations is of the first order and a number of methods are available for its time integration. The Euler direct integration methods are probably the most popular. Among them, the implicit Euler method is unconditionally stable but not unconditionally accurate. The advantage of this method is that it is possible to use large time steps. For our problem, the total time scale is long (in the minutes range) and the process is quasi-static, therefore the time steps are necessarily long. With the implicit method, the time derivative is approximated by a backward finite difference approximation: Ut+At«^(U,+A,-Ut) (3.31) Substituting Equation 3.31 in Equation 3.30, we obtain the following system of equations: (C + AtD)AU = At(F - DUt) (3.32) where At is the solution time step and AU is the vector of increments of nodal variables. The solution procedure consists of providing initial values for all the unknowns (i.e. initial conditions) and then solve the system of equations in Equation 3.32. After each time step, the solution vector is updated using: Ut+At=Ut+AU (3.33) -63-Chapter 3 Percolation Flow-Compaction Finite Element Model The time integration solution has to be coupled with a non-linear iterative technique since the problem contains material properties that are functions of the nodal variables. Details of the non linear solution technique are discussed in the next section. 3.2.5.5 Non-linear solution technique As seen in Sections 2.1 and 2.2, some material properties are not constant (e.g. the fibre bed stiffness and permeability are functions of the fibre volume fraction). To account for the property change, a non-linear solution procedure is required. Several techniques are available to solve the problem and the choice of a method depends mainly on the type or the severity of the non-linearity. For our problem the non-linearities are: the resin viscosity, the fibre bed permeability and the fibre bed transverse elasticity. The resin viscosity can be assumed constant during a time step provided that the rate of change of the resin viscosity is small during the time step. After each time step, the resin viscosity will be updated based on the actual element temperature and resin degree of cure. For the permeability, a substitution method (Dhatt et al., 1984) is used where the permeability is updated at every iteration until a convergence criterion is reached. Finally, for the fibre bed elasticity, a Newton-Raphson technique (Owen and Hinton, 1980) is required to take into account the severe hardening of the effective stress-strain curve. At each time step the system of equations to be solved can be written as: Fext-DU = 0 (3.34) where D is the assembled stiffness matrix, U is the vector of unknowns and Fext is the vector of applied external loads at a time t+At. For non-linear problems, during one step of the iterative -64-Chapter 3 Percolation Flow-Compaction Finite Element Model solution, Equation 3.34 is not satisfied until convergence has occurred. An unbalance exists between the applied loads and the internal load vector: R = Fex,-DU*0 (3.35) where R is a vector of residual forces at a time t+At. The purpose of the non-linear solution technique is to use a series of iterations in order to minimize the residual force vector until a convergence criterion is reached. Using the residual force vector concept and the Newton-Raphson method, the system of equations to be solved at each iteration is: DAU; = R (3.36) where AUj is the vector of increment nodal variables to be determined during the ith iteration. Combining the time integration (Equation 3.32) and the non-linear incremental solution (Equation 3.36) we obtain the following expressions for D and R: D = C + AtD i-l (3.37) where is the stiffness matrix calculated from the unknown values at the ith iteration and R = At[Fext-Fin,] + C(U0-UM) (3.38) where Fmt is the internal load vector and U0 is the unknown values at the previous time step. The internal load vector is calculated from the solution state using the following relation: Fint = J(BTa + Lap)dQ j*HapdQ (3.39) -65-Chapter 3 Percolation Flow-Compaction Finite Element Model where CT is the actual updated effective stress vector obtained from the constitutive model. After each iteration, the solution is updated simply by: U = Ui_,+AUi. (3.40) until a convergence criterion is reached. We use two norms to test the solution convergence: k,"|.S(AU')' (3 4!) and II Rll X(R)2 R =_^-V_/ (342) Equation 3.41 is the ratio of Euclidean norm of the increment of the state variables and Equation 3.42 is the ratio of Euclidean norm of the residual forces. The summation is performed over the total active degrees of freedom. The solution is obtained when the residual or the state variable increment are ideally equal to zero. In practice, convergence is reached when the maximum of the two norms is less than a certain tolerance v;/: max(||nu||,||nR||)<v(/ (3.43) The value of \\i specified by the user depends on the precision of the computer and the degree of accuracy required. -66-Chapter 3 Percolation Flow-Compaction Finite Element Model 3.2.6 Program algorithm The process model developed is called COMPRO. The finite element code is written in FORTRAN and the flow-compaction module is divided into subroutines for flexibility. As presented in Section 3.1, the flow-compaction module is part of a general processing model. At each iteration of the main program loop, the following steps are executed: 1) Update element viscosity (Section 2.1) 2) If at least one element has a viscosity below the flow limit viscosity then RUN 3) If all elements have reached the gel point then STOF^ 4) If ANY then 5) Store previous time step solution vector: Ut 6) Give an initial guess for the solution vector: U0=Ut 7) Update the element external load vector Fext and the gravity load vectors (Appendix A, Section A.4) 8) Loop over the elements 9) Update permeability matrix K (Appendix A, Section A.5.1) 10) Update fibre bed tangent modulus matrix Dx (Appendix A, Section A.5.2) 11) Compute element stiffness matrix D (Equation 3.37) 12) Compute element residuals force vectors R (Equation 3.38) 13) Apply essential boundary conditions (Section 3.2.3) 14) Assemble D and R in global stiffness matrix and residual vector 15) Solve the system of equations DAUf = R 16) Update solution vector: U = Uj_, + AU, 17) Compute element internal load vector Fint (Equation 3.39) 7 This value of viscosity selected by the user specifies when the solution of the flow model should start. Flow effects are not significant above a certain resin viscosity value (see discussion in Section 3.3.3). 8 The resin is in a rubbery state and percolation flow is impossible. Chapter 3 Percolation Flow-Compaction Finite Element Model 18) Check convergence (Equations 3.41-3.43) 19) If converged then go to 21) 20) If not converged then go to 8) 21) Update the state variables (Appendix A, Section A.6) 22) STOP The implementation of the finite element method previously described is not discussed in detail. However, some explanation is given on critical aspects of the present solution method. The calculation of the material properties is very important. The resin viscosity calculation (Step 1) is straightforward since it depends only on the element temperature and resin degree of cure. The viscosity is simply updated at each time step using empirical equations (e.g. Equation 2.2). The fibre bed properties are given for a unidirectional ply of the composite. Laminates consist of a series of plies oriented in different directions. One finite element can contain several plies, therefore, the element properties are obtained by averaging techniques. The element permeability (Step 9) is simply obtained by a weighted averaging technique (Appendix A, Section A.5.1). The element fibre bed elasticity (Step 10) is more difficult to evaluate when the laminate is composed of plies with different orientations. The constitutive law for the fibre bed elastic behaviour is restricted to unidirectional laminates only. Details of the approach used in the present model are discussed in Appendix A, Section A.5.2. The computation of the effective stresses (Step 17) and other state variables (Step 22) such as the fibre volume fraction, the resin velocity and the laminate resin mass losses is presented in -68-Chapter 3 Percolation Flow-Compaction Finite Element Model Appendix A, Section A.6. Details on the coordinate system transformations are given in Appendix A, Section A.6.5. 3.3 Flow-compaction model verification Before applying the flow-compaction model to study complex shapes, a number of verification runs were performed. The purpose of the verification runs was to test the element formulation and implementation. These runs consisted of testing the model at different levels of complexity ranging from simple static cases. (Section 3.3.1) to the full non-linear transient solution (Section 3.3.2). Several comparison sources were available to validate the results from the present model. The linear solution for a 1-D consolidation coupled with 1-D flow can be compared with an analytical solution. For the non-linear solution, ABAQUS or a previously developed 1-D composite processing model, LAMCURE, (Smith and Poursartip, 1993) was used. The verifications run were also used to define the limitations of the present model and the level of accuracy of the solution. Table 3.2 outlines the different verification runs performed. Finally, issues about the mesh density are discussed in Section 3.3.3. 3.3.1 Static solution The main objective of the static runs was to verify if the element developed for the present model converged to the exact solution. A simple patch test was conducted for different loading cases. Since the element represents a porous material, the patch test was done for undrained and drained conditions. The undrained condition consists of applying the load to the model with impermeable boundary conditions. This loading condition results in a fluid pressure building up -69-Chapter 3 Percolation Flow-Compaction Finite Element Model in the material. The undrained condition consists of applying the load to the model with unsaturated material (i.e. no fluid). The applied stress is therefore entirely reacted by the porous material. Figure 3.6 shows the model used for the patch test with the different load cases. This model is composed of four elements that share a common node and form a patch. The model is loaded such that a uniform stress state is applied with the minimum number of displacement constraints to prevent any rigid body motion. The fibre bed is assumed linear elastic, the material properties are presented in Figure 3.6. The results from the patch test are presented in Table 3.3. The computed stresses and strains in the elements are in perfect agreement with the applied stress state. Thus, the element passes the patch test for the static conditions. This insures that the element converges to the exact solution and that the elements are compatible. 3.3.2 Transient solution The objective of the transient runs listed in Table 3.2 was to verify the consolidation solution algorithm used in the present model. Closed-form solution for the consolidation process is given by Dave (1987a). Constant material properties are used and Figure 3.7 (a) shows the simulation model with the boundary conditions and material input data for run TI. The finite element mesh used is presented in Figure 3.7 (b). For this particular case, only the consolidation in the vertical direction is considered and the applied pressure is held constant. The result of the simulation is presented in Figure 3.8. The transient variation of the vertical pressure gradient is in good agreement with the results from the exact solution. The previous simulation assumed linear material properties. The objective of the next simulations is to test the non-linear solution procedure of the present model. The non-linearity of -70-Chapter 3 Percolation Flow-Compaction Finite Element Model the fibre bed permeability is first considered. Figure 3.9 presents the models and the material inputs used for the simulations T2 (Figure 3.9 (a)) and T3 (Figure 3.9 (b)). The permeability is calculated from Equation 2.8 with kx=kz=6 and rf=4.2xl0"6 m. The meshes used are shown in Figure 3.10. The resin viscosity is constant and the fibre bed elasticity is assumed linear. The solution from the present model is compared with the ABAQUS results. Figures 3.11 and 3.12 present the results for a one-dimensional consolidation. As shown in Figure 3.11, the transient variation of the vertical pressure profile is in good agreement with the results from ABAQUS. The change of the laminate thickness (uz) with time calculated with the model is identical to the results from ABAQUS (Figure 3.12). In Figure 3.12, the results for T2 are compared to a simulation were the permeability was kept constant (i.e. at the initial value of Kz given by Equation 2.8). Significant difference in the compaction behaviour of the laminate is observed showing the importance of considering the permeability non-linearity in the solution. For the two dimensional case, the results (Figures 3.13-3.15) show again a very good agreement between ABAQUS and the present model. The horizontal pressure profiles tend to disagree near the edge of the laminate (Figure 3.14). Eight noded elements were used in ABAQUS and this could account for the observed differences. Large deformations occur at the edge of the laminate. In such areas, higher order elements will predict the behaviour more accurately. Nevertheless, the two models predict similar results even though the present model uses linear elements. Again, the importance of considering permeability variation in the solution is demonstrated in Figure 3.15 where it can clearly be seen that the laminate compaction behaviour changes substantially if we assume a constant fibre bed permeability. -71-Chapter 3 Percolation Flow-Compaction Finite Element Model The next simulations tested the non-linear solution for the compaction prediction of a composite material. The results from the present model were compared with the solution from a one dimensional processing model for composites, LAMCURE (Smith and Poursartip, 1993). Figure 3.16 presents the models, the boundary conditions and the cure cycle used for the simulations. The laminate has an initial thickness of 25 mm and consists of unidirectional plies of AS4/3501-6. The curing properties for this material are available from the literature (Loos and Springer, 1983). The permeability is calculated from Equation 2.8 with kz=6 and rf=4.2xl0"6 m. For the fibre bed elasticity, two compaction curves are used (Figure 3.17). They typically represent the compaction behaviour of a 'high-flow' system (i.e. Vfo=0.48) and a 'low-flow' composite (i.e. V^O.57). Figure 3.18 shows that the variation of the thickness change (uz) with time are similar for both models. Better agreement between LAMCURE and the present model is obtained for the 'low-flow' system (T5). This can be explained by the difference in the solution method between LAMCURE and COMPRO. The present model assumes small strains and therefore, non-linear geometric effects are not considered. In the solution procedure of LAMCURE, the geometric non-linearity is accounted for by updating the nodal locations at each time step. Geometric non-linearity can have an effect on the compaction prediction as seen in the simulations. When the material strains are large, the error in the predictions become more pronounced. Since the material studied in the present research is considered to fall under 'low-flow' systems, the assumption of small strains is acceptable. -72-Chapter 3 Percolation Flow-Compaction Finite Element Model 3.3.3 Mesh density The final verification was to study the effect of the mesh density on the predictions of the model. The major issue concerned is the ability of the model to predict the important resin pressure gradients at permeable boundaries observed in the initial stages of the consolidation. The problem of oscillations in the pressure profile has been reported for the finite element solution of consolidation problems (Vermeer and Verruijt, 1981). To illustrate the problem, simulations for a 1-D consolidation were conducted. The model dimensions, boundary conditions and material input data are presented in Figure 3.19. The simulations consisted of two runs with different mesh densities (i.e. 4 elements and 40 elements meshes). The predicted variations of the resin pressure profile in the vertical direction with time are compared to the exact solution in Figure 3.20. The results clearly show the oscillations of the solution in the early stages of the consolidation (i.e. 1 minute) seen for the 4 elements mesh. By increasing the mesh density, the oscillations are not present and the model results are in good agreement with the closed-form solution. As seen in Figure 3.20, the problem is limited to the initial stage of the compaction. The results for both meshes are in good agreement with the exact solution for the compaction time greater than 1 minute. Even though the oscillations eventually disappear later in the solution process, the initial stage of the solution is very critical to the convergence of the non linear solution procedure. Different approaches can be taken to limit these oscillations. Vermeer and Verruijt (1981) give an expression for the minimum time step (At)min necessary to avoid the pressure oscillations: -73-Chapter 3 Percolation Flow-Compaction Finite Element Model (At)>i^ (3.44) V Jmn g KE where p. is the viscosity of the fluid, K is the permeability of the porous medium, E is the elastic modulus of the porous medium and Ah is the element size in the direction of the pressure gradient. As seen by Equation 3.44, a combination of material properties, element size and time step length can control the problem. For the consolidation of composite laminates, the material properties change during the solution. At the beginning of the solution, the resin viscosity is high (>1000 Pa.s), the fibre bed permeability is of the order of 1x10" m and the fibre bed elastic modulus can be low (»0.4 MPa). The element size close to the boundary used in most of the meshes are about (0.6 mm). Thus the minimum time step according to Equation 3.44 would be about 25 minutes. Compromises were made in order to minimize the problem of oscillations of the solution. These compromises come from the maximum number'of elements possible and the convergence of the non-linear solution procedure. Most of the simulations were made with a constant time step of 1 minute. This value gave good convergence of the solution with minimum oscillations in the resin pressure profiles. To minimize the oscillation problem, the flow limit viscosity9 was also decreased. However, decreasing the flow limit viscosity from 10000 Pa.s to 100 Pa.s did not significantly affect the final results. A value of 1000 Pa.s is typically used for the flow limit Viscosity value when the flow-compaction solution is started. -74-Chapter 3 Percolation Flow-Compaction Finite Element Model viscosity. When the resin viscosity is above this value, the resin flow is not significant in most processing conditions and running the flow model is not necessary. 3.4 Summary From the verification simulations presented (Table 3.2), we have demonstrated that the present finite element model successfully calculates the compaction behaviour of an elastic porous medium. The linear element developed converged to the exact solution in static loading conditions. The transient non-linear solution algorithm is correctly implemented as shown by comparison of simulation results with closed-form predictions or ABAQUS results. The present processing model is in good agreement with previously developed models for composite materials. We note that the model predictions could be inaccurate when geometric non-linearities are important. -75-Chapter 3 Percolation Flow-Compaction Finite Element Model 3.5 Tables Table 3.1 Summary of the initial and boundary conditions for the flow-compaction model. Initial conditions, for t=0, in the domain Q Vf=VfD,P=Patm, a=0 Boundary conditions, for t>0, on the surface T Displacement External pressure Flow Free a=f(t) Impermeable: <9P/5n = 0 Fixed: us=0 Permeable: Pb=f(t) Sliding: un=0 Table 3.2 Run matrix for the flow-compaction model verification. Case Geometry Elasticity Permeability Viscosity Boundary conditions Static runs Patch test SI patch linear constant constant Fig. 3.6 (a) S2 patch linear constant constant Fig. 3.6 (b) S3 patch linear constant constant Fig. 3.6 (a) S4 patch linear constant constant Fig. 3.6 (b) Transient runs TI 1-D linear constant constant Fig. 3.7 T2 1-D linear variable constant Fig. 3.9 (a) T3 2-D linear variable constant Fig. 3.9 (b) T4 1-D non-linear variable variable Fig. 3.16 T5 1-D non-linear variable variable Fig. 3.16 -76-Chapter 3 Percolation Flow-Compaction Finite Element Model Table 3.3 Results from patch test runs for undrained (SI, S2) and drained (S3, S4) conditions. Results from COMPRO Run Stress applied P (kPa) °x (kPa) °z (kPa) ^xz (kPa) sx £z Yxz SI ax=-100 50 -50 50 «0 -0.005 0.005 «o S2 az=-100 50 50 -50 *0 .005 -.005 «0 S3 o-x=-100 0 -100 «0 «0 -0.01 «0 «0 S4 o-z=-100 0 «o -100 «0 «0 -0.01 «o Note: «0 indicates a result < 10 -77-Chapter 3 Percolation Flow-Compaction Finite Element Model 3.6 Figures PRESENT MODEL Local discretization APPLICATION Structure of interest Figure 3.1 Present modelling approach. Output module Stress-deformation module Input module 1 State variables Autoclave Curing composite Tool, insert Flow-compaction module Autoclave controller module I Thermochemical module Figure 3.2 Processing model flowchart showing the different modules. -78-Chapter 3 Percolation Flow-Compaction Finite Element Model x Plane strain Figure 3.3 Laminate representative volume and plane strain composite element. Figure 3.4 Stress state on a representative element of a unidirectional ply. -79-Chapter 3 Percolation Flow-Compaction Finite Element Model Figure 3.5 Bilinear quadrilateral element and degrees of freedom (i.e. displacements u. uzn and pressure Pn where n is the node number). Material properties: E,=E3=10MPa G13=5 MPa Figure 3.6 Finite element mesh and boundary conditions for patch test runs, (a) axial stress state, (b) transverse stress state. The fibre bed properties are also given. -80-Chapter 3 Percolation Flow-Compaction Finite Element Model FLOW (P=Pb) h=25 mm Material properties: cr=700 kPa Pb=0 kPa Kz=4.5xl0-14m2 u=5 Pa.s E3=7 MPa (a) (b) Figure 3.7 Model definition for the exact solution transient run (TI), (a) boundary conditions and material property inputs, (b) finite element mesh used (20 elements). 800 -, 0.0 0.2 0.4 0.6 0.8 1.0 Figure 3.8 Results from transient run TI compared to the exact solution showing the vertical pressure profile evolution with time. -81-Chapter 3 Percolation Flow-Compaction Finite Element Model FLOW (P=Pb) h=25 mm Material properties: o=700 kPa Pb=0 kPa K = Kz=f(Vf) u=10Pa.s E,=E3= 7 MPa G13=3.5MPa FLOW(P=pb) •r h=25 mm a : \ \ ] \ \ \. FLOW (P=Pb) OO (a) w=150mm (b) Figure 3.9 Boundary conditions and material property inputs for the non-linear permeability transient runs, (a) 1-D flow (T2), (b) 2-D flow (T3). Figure 3.10 Finite element meshes used for the transient runs, (a) T2 (10 elements), (b) T3 (100 elements). -82-Chapter 3 Percolation Flow-Compaction Finite Element Model 600 T Figure 3.11 Results from transient run T2 compared to ABAQUS solution showing the vertical pressure profile evolution with time. 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 Time (min) Figure 3.12 Results from transient run T2 compared to ABAQUS solution showing the variation of vertical displacement at the top of the model with time. Also shown is a simulation assuming a constant permeability (dashed line). -83-Chapter 3 Percolation Flow-Compaction Finite Element Model Figure 3.13 Results from transient run T3 compared to ABAQUS solution showing the vertical pressure profile evolution with time at x=0. Figure 3.14 Results from transient run T3 compared to ABAQUS solution showing the horizontal pressure profile evolution with time at z=0. -84-Chapter 3 Percolation Flow-Compaction Finite Element Model -2.5 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 Time (min) Figure 3.15 Results from transient run T3 compared to ABAQUS solution showing the variation of vertical displacement at the top of the model with time. Also shown is a simulation assuming a constant permeability (dashed line). FLOW (P=Pb) x Figure 3.16 Boundary conditions and cure cycle for the composite consolidation runs (T4 and T5). -85-Chapter 3 Percolation Flow-Compaction Finite Element Model Figure 3.17 Fibre bed compaction curves for the composite consolidation runs (Vro=0.48 for T4 and Vm=0.57 for T5). COMPRO LAMCURE -8.0 -I 1 i 1 1 1 0 50 100 150 200 250 Cure time (min) Figure 3.18 Results from transient runs T4 and T5 compared to LAMCURE solution showing the variation of vertical displacement at the top of the model with time. -86-Chapter 3 Percolation Flow-Compaction Finite Element Model FLOW (P=Pb) h=5 mm m mi Material properties: rj=700 kPa Pb=0 kPa K,=5xl0-|3m2 u=1000Pa.s E3=7 MPa Figure 3.19 Boundary conditions and material property inputs for the study of the effect of the mesh size on the model predictions. For the meshes, the domain is divided in 4 and 40 elements of equal sizes. 900 -r- , Time (min) Exact -A- COMPRO - 4 elements -a- COMPRO - 40 elements Figure 3.20 Vertical pressure profile evolution with time obtained by COMPRO compared to the exact solution showing the effect of the mesh density. -87-Chapter 4 Material Properties and Fibre Bed Compaction Curve Characterization In this chapter, the materials studied in this work are first introduced. In order to use the flow-compaction model presented in Chapter 3, a number of material properties are required. Among them, the fibre bed compaction curve is a critical parameter of the fibre bed constitutive law used in this work (Section 3.2.4). Thus, this chapter focuses on the methodology used to measure and validate the fibre bed compaction curve for the material studied. 4.1 Materials studied The materials considered for this study are two advanced carbon-epoxy composites: AS4/3501-6 and AS4/8552. Throughout this thesis, the AS4/3501-6 and AS4/8552 systems are referred to as materials A and B respectively. Both materials contain the same fibre: Hercules AS4 high strength carbon fibre. Material A is a very common system containing Hercules 3501-6 amine-cured epoxy resin. Material B is a more recently developed system based on Hercules 8552 which is an epoxy resin modified with a thermoplastic toughener. Table 4.1 presents the thermophysical properties of the fibre and the two resins. General resin curing and rheological information is also presented. The major difference between the two materials related to processing is in their resin viscosity or rheological characteristics. As shown in Table 4.1, the 3501-6 resin has a minimum viscosity which is an order of magnitude lower than 8552. This difference is caused by the addition of the thermoplastic toughener in 8552. -88-Chapter 4 Material Properties and Fibre Bed Compaction Curve Characterization The materials are second generation prepregs defined as no-bleed systems (i.e. no bleeder is required during the bagging process). With the first generation prepregs, excess resin had to be bled out of the composite to compact the laminate to the desired volume fraction. Typically, these prepregs had an initial Vf of 48% and had to be compacted to a final Vf of 60-70%. This operation was difficult to control accurately, leading to variations of Vf in the final part. With improvements in prepregging techniques, prepreg manufacturers are now able to develop prepregs having higher initial Vf. Therefore, the resin flow is more controlled and material processibility is improved. Table 4.2 presents the initial ply thickness and Vf for the prepreg studied. Both materials are supplied as unidirectional tape of 30 cm width. Material A is thinner and easier to lay-up and conform to a complex shaped tool compared to material B. Using the fibre and resin density in Table 4.1, the initial fibre volume fraction of the prepregs, VfQ, was measured according to the ASTM D 3171-76 standard (ASTM Standards, 1994). From Table 4.2, both prepregs have a similar V^. One general observation about the prepregs is the difference in tack: the surface of material B is dryer and rougher than material A. This is explained by the fact that AS4/8552 is designed for automated fibre placement machines and is slightly advanced in its degree of cure. This increases the room temperature viscosity so that it would be easier to handle the material during lay-up. Also, a surface inspection of the prepregs showed that material B has more twisted fibres 1 See Figure 1.2 (a). 2 The fibres are all parallel. -89-Chapter 4 Material Properties and Fibre Bed Compaction Curve Characterization compared to material A. Fibre misalignments are likely introduced at the impregnation operation of the prepreg manufacturing process. The materials chosen for this research represent typical composites used in industry. Very little work has been done on no-bleed systems. Although material A has been studied previously, no work has been reported on high viscosity thermoset matrix composites such as material B. The difference in the rheological behaviour of the two resins was a major factor in selecting the materials, and should significantly affect their flow and compaction behaviour. The cure kinetics models used for the materials studied are presented in Appendix B, Section B.l and details on the viscosity models are given in Appendix B, Section B.2. The fibre bed permeability are calculated from the permeability models available from the literature and presented in Appendix B, Section B.3. This information has been relegated to appendices as it involves relatively standard procedures. 4.2 Compaction curve characterization approach As discussed in Section 2.2.1, the fibre bed elastic response is more dominant at fibre volume fractions greater than 50%. The fibre bed compaction curve (i.e. the variation of CT3 with s3) is a critical material property input for the flow-compaction model (Section 3.2.4). The main focus of this section is to present the experimental procedures that lead to the determination of the compaction curve. The principal difficulty is to measure the response of the fibre bed alone. Typically, the fibre bed is tested in a dry form (Kim et al., 1991) or is impregnated with silicone oil after dissolving the polymer matrix (Gutowski et al., 1986a). The operation of dissolving the resin of the prepreg -90-Chapter 4 Material Properties and Fibre Bed Compaction Curve Characterization can change the fibre arrangement which could affect the fibre bed compaction behaviour. Using a very low viscosity fluid (e.g. u<0.1 Pa.s) or no fluid, and loading the specimen at a very low rate (e.g. <0.1 mm/min.) minimizes the viscous response effects caused by the fluid flow out of the sample. When a wetting fluid was used, the fluid pressure was measured and subtracted from the total applied stress to obtain the fibre bed effective stress (Gutowski et al., 1986a). In the present work, the compaction behaviour is determined directly with the prepreg. Since this technique is new, a complete description of the experimental technique is presented. The testing apparatus developed to obtain the compaction curve (Figure 4.1) is similar to the one used by Gutowski et al. (1986a). With this apparatus a unidirectional composite specimen is loaded in the vertical direction (z) which is the main deformation mode of the fibre bed. To obtain a uniaxial testing condition, the deformation in the (y) direction is blocked by the mould walls and the fibres are oriented in the (x) direction. Therefore, the fibre bed deformation in the longitudinal direction is negligible compared to the transverse vertical deformation. The composite is heated and resin is allowed to flow longitudinally (x direction) in order to get the fibre bed effective stresses at different values of strains4. From the measured displacement (uz) and applied load (Fz), the compaction curve of the fibre bed is extracted. Two testing procedures were used in this work: the load-unload method and the load-hold method. The load-unload method was tested first and it was found that this method was not adequate for accurate measurements of the fibre bed compaction curve. For reference, details on The fibres are very stiff in the longitudinal direction. 4 The fibre bed strains are related to the resin loss by the composite during the compaction. -91-Chapter 4 Material Properties and Fibre Bed Compaction Curve Characterization the load-unload method are presented in Appendix B, Section B.4. On the other hand, the load-hold method successfully measured the fibre bed compaction curve. Thus the following sections focus only on the load-hold technique. 4.2.1 Load-hold method description The load-hold method consists of deforming the specimen to different levels where the displacement is held constant until the load measured relaxes to a stable value. Assuming the composite material as a simple viscoelastic system (Figure 4.2), the value of the relaxed load should correspond to the elastic response of the material (i.e. the fibre bed effective stress). By loading the specimen to different displacement levels, the complete fibre bed compaction curve is extracted from the displacements and the relaxed load values at each loading step. Figure 4.3 presents the procedure used for computing the fibre bed compaction curve in the load-hold method. From the master loading curve (Figure 4.3 (a)), the relaxed load is plotted against the displacement at each holding step (Figure 4.3 (b)). The fibre bed compaction curve is directly obtained from the total load curve. This method was used for material A (specimens 7A01 and 7A02) and material B (specimens 7B01 and 7B02). 4.2.2 Testing procedure A compaction testing fixture was designed and installed on a servo-hydraulic testing machine (Figure 4.4 (a)). The fixture consists of a top piston that applies the load to the sample, which is constrained laterally (y direction) in a mould (Figure 4.4 (b)). The gap tolerance between the mould wall and the piston was adjusted to provide a sliding fit between the two parts. The -92-Chapter 4 Material Properties and Fibre Bed Compaction Curve Characterization fixture was installed in an environmental chamber where the temperature can be controlled from room temperature to 200°C. Heat was applied to the mould by air convection. The temperature of the mould was monitored by two thermocouples located at the top and lower parts of the fixture. The testing fixtures were machined from solid steel, and thus have a relatively high thermal mass. Therefore, once the target temperature was reached, the fixture temperature remained stable during the test. The load applied to the specimen was measured by the load cell of the testing machine. The displacement of the mould was monitored by the testing machine LVDT that was previously calibrated with a digital micrometer. The specimens were prepared by laying-up 16 plies of prepreg. The specimens were debulked at room temperature in a vacuum bag. This procedure was done to remove most of the air bubbles between the individual plies. A series of measurements (i.e. sample mass and geometric dimensions) were taken before the test (Figure 4.5). The specimens were wrapped in a thin film of teflon (thickness of «0.01 mm) to prevent them from sticking to the fixture (Figure 4.6). The tests were conducted under displacement control. This way, the compaction of the specimen was precisely controlled. The testing conditions, namely the temperature and the loading rate, were selected to minimize the viscosity of the resin and to maximize the duration of the test before the resin started to cure. Using the viscosity data for resins, a testing temperature ranging from 100°C and 140°C and a loading rate of 0.1 mm/min. was chosen. The general testing procedure is the same for the two methods used: 1. The fixtures are heated to the target temperature 2. The specimen is placed in the mould 3. Time is allowed so that the specimen reaches the target temperature (typically 2 minutes) -93-Chapter 4 Material Properties and Fibre Bed Compaction Curve Characterization 4. The test is performed according to the testing method for a maximum duration of 30 minutes 5. The specimen is removed from the mould and allowed to cool down to room temperature 6. The resin that bled out of the specimen is trimmed 7. The specimen is measured (dimensions and mass) 8. The data is analyzed according to the testing method (Section 4.2.1 or Appendix B, Section B.4). The specimen final strains (sx and sy) are determined from the measurements before and after the test. The specimen volumetric strain (sv) is computed from the resin mass loss during the test. The following expressions are used to calculate the different specimen strains: V-U J.(M.-M') Lo " W0 pR L„W0H0 where pR is the resin density. The test conditions and the sample measurements are summarized in Table B.5 of Appendix B. 4.3 Results of compaction curve characterization The specimen final strains calculated using Equation 4.1 are presented in Table 4.3. In general, sx and Ey were negligible as expected by the physical constraints of the mould and by the fact that the fibres prevented any motion in the longitudinal direction. Therefore, the volumetric strains measured were caused by the vertical deformation of the specimen (s2). The measured volumetric strains for material A (samples 7A01 and 7A02) were significantly higher than for material B (samples 7B01 and 7B02). Sample 7B01 was not considered for analysis because it did not exhibit resin flow. -94-Chapter 4 Material Properties and Fibre Bed Compaction Curve Characterization Figure 4.7 shows photographs of two specimens after testing. The resin that percolated out of the specimens can be seen at the edges of the specimens. The resin front was not perfectly uniform, particularly for material A, where the resin flow was concentrated at the mould side walls. The presence of the teflon film might have disturbed the resin flow at the edges of the specimen. A typical variation of the displacement uz and the applied load Fz with time for the load-hold compaction test is presented in Figure 4.8. The test which consisted of eight load increments was carried out on material A. As seen in Figure 4.8, the hold times allowed sufficient load relaxation before loading to the next increment. The following observations can be made: 1) The load increases rapidly with the imposed displacement on the specimen. During the hold period (i.e. at a constant displacement), the load gradually relaxes to a stable level. This behaviour confirms the viscoelastic nature of the material depicted in Figure 4.2 (a). 2) The relaxed load increases after each load step. The increase in load was gradual for steps 1 to 4 and was more noticeable for steps 5 to 8. This confirms that the elastic load-bearing capacity of the specimen increases with increasing deformations. This behaviour supports the assumptions that the fibre bed behaves as a stiffening spring (Section 2.2.1). 3) The relaxation time is shorter for steps 5 to 8 compared to steps 1 to 4. This suggests that viscous effects are more important in the early stages of compaction. As explained in Figure 4.3, the fibre bed elastic response can be constructed from the load-displacement curve. This fibre bed compaction curve is shown by the dashed line in Figure 4.9. The same procedure was repeated for sample 7A02 and the compaction curves obtained were compared with that predicted by Gutowski's model (Equation 2.3) in Figure 4.10. The curves -95-Chapter 4 Material Properties and Fibre Bed Compaction Curve Characterization from the two specimens tested are similar. The experimental curves obtained have a different shape compared to the curve generated from Gutowski's model between strains of 0.16 and 0.22. Attempts were made to extract the compaction curve for material B. The viscosity of the resin present in material B is an order of magnitude higher compared to the resin of material A. Therefore, viscous effects are expected to be more important for material B. The test was more difficult to conduct for material B. The variation of the imposed displacement and the applied load with time for sample 7B02 is presented in Figure 4.11. Six load increments were applied and the following observations can be made: 1) Compared to material A, the load increase for a given displacement increase is higher. This demonstrates that material B is more viscous. 2) It is difficult to deform the material at a level where elastic loads are carried by the fibre bed. Very important viscous effects coupled with long relaxation times made the duration of the test too long (above the 30 minutes limit). Unlike material A, it was impossible to obtain the compaction curve directly from the test data. Instead, the compaction curve for material B was adjusted until the load-displacement curve and the resin mass losses fitted the experimental results from load controlled compaction tests (Section 4.4). A compaction curve from Gutowski's model was used as a starting point for the determination of the final compaction curve for material B that would best fit the experimental data. As seen in Figure 4.12, the points obtained from the compaction test for steps 5 and 6 do not fall on the final compaction curve. A probable cause would be that the load was not completely relaxed at these steps (Figure 4.11). -96-Chapter 4 Material Properties and Fibre Bed Compaction Curve Characterization The fibre bed compaction curves obtained for materials A and B are presented in Figure 4.13. The compaction curve for material B has a lower maximum strain compared to material A. Given their respective initial fibre volume fraction (Table 4.2), the maximum achievable fibre volume fraction of the materials was calculated from their compaction curve. Values of 73% for material A and 65% for material B were obtained. From this information, the following conclusions on the fibre bed characteristics of the two materials can be drawn: 1) Although the composites studied contain the same fibre type, this does not guarantee that the fibre bed compaction curves are identical. 2) The fibres in material A have better alignment compared to material B. This is consistent with the observation of misaligned fibres on the surface of the material B prepreg. 4.4 Compaction curve validation The constitutive model validation tests were conducted to verify the validity of the compaction curves obtained from the foregoing tests. The goal of the validation runs was also to verify if the flow-compaction model could predict the compaction behaviour of a laminate in a simple uniaxial loading configuration under different curing conditions. The tests consisted of using the compaction fixture (Figure 4.1) to load a unidirectional specimen at different temperatures. The specimens were loaded in a load controlled mode to simulate an autoclave condition where a prescribed pressure rather than a prescribed deformation is applied to the laminate. Table B.6 in Appendix B presents the test matrix and the sample measurements for the validation runs. The validation procedure consists of a comparison between the measured and predicted load-displacement curves and the resin losses. -97-Chapter 4 Material Properties and Fibre Bed Compaction Curve Characterization 4.4.1 Compaction test model For each specimen tested, a finite element mesh was constructed. An example of the mesh used is shown in Figure 4.14. One half of the specimen was modelled due to the symmetry of the problem. The mesh was divided in two regions: the piston and the specimen. The piston was modelled to reproduce the uniform compaction of the specimen during a compression test. The stiffness and impermeability of the steel piston was achieved by setting the element properties accordingly. The load measured during the real compaction test was applied at the top of the piston as shown in Figure 4.14. The sliding motion of the piston was ensured by vertical sliding displacement conditions. Resin flow out of the laminate was permitted by setting the resin pressure to atmospheric at the right edge of the specimen (Figure 4.14). The temperature was assumed constant and uniform in the piston and at the boundaries of the specimen during the entire simulation. The material properties for the different regions of the model are presented in Figure 4.14. The vertical displacement (uz) extracted from the simulation corresponds to the value at the node indicated in Figure 4.14. The predicted displacements were uniform along the length of the specimen, as in the actual compression test. The vertical load (Fz) was computed from the applied pressure and the specimen dimensions. 4.4.2 Results and discussion The specimen final strains calculated using Equation 4.1 are presented in Table 4.4. The in-plane deformations (sx and sy) were negligible confirming that the dominant deformation mode of the specimen is in the vertical direction and that the test is essentially uniaxial. As expected, material A lost more resin compared to material B. The effect of temperature on the amount of -98-Chapter 4 Material Properties and Fibre Bed Compaction Curve Characterization flow was more important for material B. A change of temperature from 100°C to 140°C produced an increase in the laminate volumetric strain of 350% for material B compared to only 6% for material A. Table 4.4 also presents the ratio of the final volumetric strain and the maximum vertical deformation of the specimen. Assuming negligible in-plane deformations, a value of 100% for sv/sz would indicate that the vertical deformation of the sample is entirely due to resin flow. A value less than 100% would suggest that other deformation mechanisms contribute to the total deformation of the specimen. For the samples of material A, the ratio sv/sz was always close to 100%. However, for material B, sv/sz varies from 27% to 77%. Obviously, the main deformation mechanism for material A was flow, but for material B, another deformation mechanism occurred during compaction. The deformation caused by the compaction of entrapped air bubbles from the lay-up is most likely the cause of the additional vertical strains observed, particularly with material B. Material B was dry (Section 4.1), making the debulking of the plies during the lay-up more difficult compared to material A. The debulking of the specimen after lay-up was done at room temperature (Section 4.2.2). At this temperature, the high resin viscosity dramatically decreases the deformation capacity of the prepreg. For a system such as material B, it would imply that the specimen may contain air bubbles entrapped between the plies before the compaction test. When the sample is heated, the compaction of the voids in the laminate is then possible to complete the debulking of the laminate. -99-Chapter 4 Material Properties and Fibre Bed Compaction Curve Characterization Table 4.5 compares the volumetric strains predicted by the flow-compaction model with the experimental data. The agreement is good for all material A samples. However, for material B, the flow-compaction overestimated the amount of flow except for the 140°C test (sample 5B02). Although the general trend was reproduced with the model (i.e. sv increased from 4B02 to 5B02 and decreased from 5B02 to 9B01), the magnitude of the variation did not correspond to the experiments. 4.4.2.1 Temperature effect In Figures 4.15 and 4.16, the compaction predictions are compared with the experimental results for material A at 100°C and 140°C. In both cases, the agreement between the numerical and the experimental data is very good. The load predicted by the model for the test at 100°C (Figure 4.15) is slightly higher in the early stages of compaction (uz<0.2 mm). The actual fibre bed compaction curve was added to the graph for reference. As expected, the first part of the compaction, where the fibre bed elastic stiffness is very low, the behaviour is dominated by viscous effects (i.e. the difference between the compaction curve and the load-displacement curve is important). During this phase, the majority of the flow is taking place as indicated by the large displacement change. The final stage of the compaction is controlled by the fibre bed elastic response as the fibre bed stiffness increases dramatically. The displacement change is not important as the fibre bed reaches its maximum compaction deformation. By increasing the temperature, the viscous effects become less important. This is shown by the smaller difference between the compaction curve and the load-displacement curve for the 140°C test (Figure 4.16) compared to the 100°C test (Figure 4.15). The experimental results confirm that as the resin -100-Chapter 4 Material Properties and Fibre Bed Compaction Curve Characterization viscosity decreases, the load-displacement curve of the sample approaches the load-displacement curve of a purely elastic fibre bed. It is clear that the present flow-compaction model adequately describes the compaction behaviour of flow dominated materials such as AS4/3501-6 composites. In Figures 4.17 and 4.18, the compaction predictions are compared with the experimental results for material B at 100°C and 140°C. As seen in these figures, the load-displacement curve from the simulations were shifted along the displacement axis to fit the experimental results. The initial part of the experimental load-displacement curves of Figures 4.17 and 4.18 more likely corresponded to the compaction of the previously discussed air bubbles (i.e. debulking phase). The present flow-compaction model does not consider the debulking mechanism and we must therefore make a manual correction. As observed for both tests, once the load-displacement curve from the model is shifted in the region of the compaction corresponding to the resin flow regime, the numerical prediction is in relatively good agreement with the experimental results. Again, an increase in the test temperature decreased the magnitude of the viscous effects. Compared with material A, material B exhibits more important viscous effects as shown by the difference between the load-displacement curve and the compaction curve. For material B, this difference is still important even at 140°C. Finally, as the temperature of the test is increased, the displacement corresponding to the onset of the resin flow regime decreases. At 100°C, this displacement is 0.06 mm compared to 0.04 mm at 140°C. Thus, higher loads and more time are required at 100°C to compact the voids in the specimen before the beginning of resin flow. -101-Chapter 4 Material Properties and Fibre Bed Compaction Curve Characterization 4.4.2.2 Complete cure Figure 4.19 shows the compaction behaviour of the materials studied in typical compaction conditions. The load was increased to a pressure corresponding to typical autoclave pressures and held constant until the resin reached the gel point. To compare the two materials, the stress-strain curves obtained are shown in Figure 4.19. Again, the curve for material B was shifted as explained previously. Very good agreement was obtained for both materials. Thus, the compaction curves shown in Figure 4.13 describe adequately the actual compaction of the materials in typical processing conditions. 4.5 Summary • The load-hold technique was simple and directly provided a compaction curve for material A, and for this material, the agreement with the validation runs was excellent. • For material B, a fitting technique was required to finally obtain a compaction curve that would give good agreement with the validation run. • The following conclusions can be drawn from the compaction experiments: 1. The initial stage of compaction is dominated by viscous effects. Most of the flow occurs at this stage and the viscosity of the resin can significantly affect the load-displacement response of the material during the compaction. These observations are consistent with previous work from Springer (1982) and Gutowski et al. (1986a). -102-Chapter 4 Material Properties and Fibre Bed Compaction Curve Characterization 2. The region corresponding to the final stage of the compaction is mainly controlled by the sharp increase in the fibre bed stiffness. This behaviour confirms the assumptions stated by Gutowski at al. (1986a). 3. Material A exhibits more flow than material B. A lower initial fibre volume fraction combined with better fibre alignment and a lower viscosity resin are the major reasons. 4. For material B, the early stages of compaction correspond to the collapse of air bubbles (i.e. debulking phase) introduced during the lay-up operation. -103-Chapter 4 Material Properties and Fibre Bed Compaction Curve Characterization 4.6 Tables Table 4.1 Typical fibre and resin properties for the materials studied: AS4/3501-6 (material A) and AS4/8552 (material B). Property AS4 fibre 3501-6 resin 8552 resin Density (kg/m ) 1790 1265 1300 Specific heat (J/kgK) 904 1260 1025 Thermal conductivity (W/mK) Long. 8.02 Trans. 25 0.167 0.128 Min. viscosity at 2°C/min. (Pa.s) - 0.4 3 Gel time at 177°C(min.) - 9 13 Table 4.2 Prepreg properties for AS4/3501-6 (material A) and AS4/8552 (material B). Property AS4/3501-6 AS4/8552 Ply thickness (urn) 155 200 Initial fibre volume fraction 55.81 (0.83)* 57.41 (0.81)* * standard variations of the fibre volume fraction for three samples are indicated in parentheses. Table 4.3 Total in-plane strains and volumetric strain measured after the compaction tests. Sample 7A01 0.00 0.00 -0.18 7A02 0.00 0.01 -0.17 7B01 0.00 -0.01 0.00 7B02 0.00 -0.01 -0.04 -104-Chapter 4 Material Properties and Fibre Bed Compaction Curve Characterization Table 4.4 Total in-plane strains, volumetric strain and ratio of volumetric to total vertical deformation measured after the validation compaction tests. Sample £ * fcz EV/EZ (%) 4A01 0.00 -0.02 -0.17 -0.20 86 4B02 0.00 -0.02 -0.02 -0.07 27 5A01 0.00 -0.02 -0.18 -0.20 91 5B02 0.00 -0.01 -0.09 -0.12 77 9A01 0.00 0.00 -0.19 -0.18 103 9B01 0.01 0.00 -0.05 -0.15 33 * £z correspond to the maximum vertical strain measured during the compaction. Table 4.5 Comparison between predicted and measured specimen volumetric strains for the validation compaction tests. Sample Experiment COMPRO 4A01 -0.17 -0.19 4B02 -0.02 -0.04 5A01 -0.18 -0.19 5B02 -0.09 -0.09 9A01 -0.19 -0.19 9B01 -0.05 -0.08 -105-Chapter 4 Material Properties and Fibre Bed Compaction Curve Characterization 4.7 Figures Figure 4.1 Experimental setup for the fibre bed compaction test. -106-Chapter 4 Material Properties and Fibre Bed Compaction Curve Characterization ' 2 Displacement Displacement Total load Fibre bed load (a) (b) Figure 4.3 Compaction curve computation for the load-hold test method. From the master loading curve (a), the fibre bed load is directly obtained from the load-displacement value when the total load has fully relaxed (b). (a) (b) Figure 4.4 Photograph of the compaction test setup, (a) the fixture as installed in the temperature controlled chamber and (b) a close-up view of the compaction fixture. -107-Chapter 4 Material Properties and Fibre Bed Compaction Curve Characterization -108-Chapter 4 Material Properties and Fibre Bed Compaction Curve Characterization Material A Material B Figure 4.7 Plan view photograph of typical specimens after a compaction test. Resin can be seen at the edges of the specimen. 2500 2000 z fa-N 1500 I 1000 500 Figure 4.8 Applied load and displacement variation with time for load-hold compaction test (material A, 7A01) showing the load relaxation at the different loading increments (1 to 8). -109-Chapter 4 Material Properties and Fibre Bed Compaction Curve Characterization 2500 uz (mm) Figure 4.9 Load-displacement curve for the load-hold test method (material A, 7A01) showing the points (1 to 8) extracted to build the fibre bed compaction curve. 0 0.02 0.04 0.06 0.08 0.1 0.12 0.14 0.16 0.18 0.2 0.22 0.24 e3 (mm/mm) Figure 4.10 Compaction curves obtained for material A obtained with the load-hold method for samples 7A01 and 7A02. A comparison with Gutowski's model (Equation 2.3) is presented with p=350, Va=0.81, Vro=0.558 and Ef=230 Gpa. -110-Chapter 4 Material Properties and Fibre Bed Compaction Curve Characterization z 6w" 500 1000 1500 Time (sec) 2000 2500 Figure 4.11 Applied load and displacement variation with time for load-hold compaction test (material B, 7B01) showing the load relaxation at the different loading increments (1 to 6). 2500 IB 2000 4 1500 1000 500 0 &• - Sample 7b02 •Gutowski's model - Final compaction curve Points rejected (Steps 5 and 6), the load was not completely relaxed (see Fig. 4.11) 0.02 0.04 0.06 0.08 e3 (mm/mm) 0.1 0.12 Figure 4.12 Compaction curves obtained for material B. A comparison with Gutowski's model (Equation 2.3) is presented with p=350, Va=0.68, Vro=0.574 and Ef=230 GPa. The experimental result for sample 7B02 is shown as a reference. -Ill-Chapter 4 Material Properties and Fibre Bed Compaction Curve Characterization D 2500 2000 1500 1000 500 0 a 0 0.02 0.04 0.06 0.08 0.1 0.12 0.14 0.16 0.18 0.2 0.22 0.24 E3 (mm/mm) • Material A —A— Material B Figure 4.13 Comparison of the compaction curves for the materials studied. Piston FLOW (P=0) node used for displacement ouputs Material properties Specimen: K,=Eqn. 2.8, rf=4um and k=0.7 K.2=Eqn. 2.8, rf=4um and k=l 1 u= see Table B.2 E,=100GPa E3=from compaction curve (Fig. 4.13) G13=0.5 MPa Piston: K,=K2=lxl0-16m2 u=1000Pa.s E= 100 GPa v=0 Figure 4.14 Finite element model used for the compaction curve validation runs. -112-Chapter 4 Material Properties and Fibre Bed Compaction Curve Characterization 1000 0 0.02 0.04 0.06 0.08 0.1 0.12 0.14 0.16 0.18 0.2 0.22 0.24 0.26 u, (mm) Figure 4.15 Flow-compaction model prediction of the load-displacement behaviour compared with the experimental results of a load controlled compaction test of material A at 100°C (sample 4A01). The fibre bed elastic compaction curve is shown for reference. 1000 0 0.02 0.04 0.06 0.08 0.1 0.12 0.14 0.16 0.18 0.2 0.22 0.24 0.26 uz (mm) Figure 4.16 Flow-compaction model prediction of the load-displacement behaviour compared with the experimental results of a load controlled compaction test of material A at 140°C (sample 5A01). The fibre bed elastic compaction curve is shown for reference. -113-Chapter 4 Material Properties and Fibre Bed Compaction Curve Characterization Figure 4.17 Flow-compaction model prediction of the load-displacement behaviour compared with the experimental results of a load controlled compaction test of material B at 100°C (sample 4B02). The fibre bed elastic compaction curve and the onset of resin flow are also shown for reference. uz (mm) Figure 4.18 Flow-compaction model prediction of the load-displacement behaviour compared with the experimental results of a load controlled compaction test of material B at 140°C (sample 5B02). The fibre bed elastic compaction curve and the onset of resin flow are also shown for reference. -114-Chapter 4 Material Properties and Fibre Bed Compaction Curve Characterization 700 Ez (mm/mm) Figure 4.19 Flow-compaction model prediction of the stress-strain behaviour compared with the experimental data of a load controlled compaction test of material A and material B at 170°C (samples 9A01 and 9B01). -115-Chapter 5 Compaction of Angle Laminates: A Numerical and Experimental Study This chapter focuses on the study of the compaction behaviour of angle laminates. In the first section, a sensitivity analysis using the flow-compaction model developed in Chapter 3 is presented. The effect of the material properties on the compaction behaviour is studied with this sensitivity analysis. The second section presents results from the experimental study of the compaction of angle laminates having different lay-ups and cured under different processing conditions. The final quality, the resin loss and the thickness profile of the laminates are investigated. Finally, the flow-compaction model is used to simulate the laminates studied, and used to understand the compaction of angle laminates. 5.1 Percolation flow model sensitivity analysis The variables associated with the flow-compaction model can be classified in three categories: geometry, material properties and boundary conditions. The geometry of the laminate directly affects the resin pressure gradients in the laminate. The material properties consist of the numerous parameters required to characterize the behaviour of the resin and the fibre bed. Finally, the boundary conditions include the bagging methods, the tool interface and the cure cycle used. A sensitivity analysis can have two main goals: investigate the effect of a parameter on the final results given by the model or study the effect of a variation in parameters that are not defined to a satisfactory level of accuracy. Sensitivity analyses on flat panels have been conducted by previous researchers with flow-compaction models (Section 2.3.1), but the study of curved shapes has never been addressed for autoclave processing. Therefore, the present -116-Chapter 5 Compaction of Angle Laminates: A Numerical and Experimental Study sensitivity analysis focuses on the effect of material properties on the compaction of an angle laminate. The following properties are investigated: - resin viscosity - fibre bed permeability (longitudinal and transverse) - fibre bed constitutive law (longitudinal, transverse and shear moduli). The resin viscosity and fibre bed transverse modulus are characterized to a good level of accuracy in Chapter 4. Thus, the effect of small variations of these properties on the compaction of the laminate is studied. For the fibre bed permeability, the range of longitudinal and transverse permeability is obtained from the literature (Appendix B, Section B.3). Finally, the fibre bed longitudinal and shear moduli have never been characterized nor has their effect on the compaction behaviour of angles been addressed in the literature. Thus the sensitivity analysis for these parameters covers a wide range to assess their effect. 5.1.1 Finite element model and runs definition The laminate geometry for the sensitivity analysis is a 90° angle (L-shaped) laminate with material A (AS4/3501-6) and unidirectional fibres [0°]. The laminate is defined in Figure 5.1. Assuming symmetry and plane strain conditions (sy=0), the finite element mesh represents one half of the laminate as illustrated in Figure 5.1. The model dimensions and applied boundary conditions are shown in Figure 5.2. The autoclave pressure acts on the top and side surfaces of the laminate. Flow of resin is allowed by imposing a boundary resin pressure equal to the bag pressure. The presence of a rigid tool is simulated by applying a sliding displacement condition at the bottom surface of the laminate. The symmetry boundary condition is satisfied at the right edge of the laminate. For the simulation, the laminate surface temperature is assumed equal to -117-Chapter 5 Compaction of Angle Laminates: A Numerical and Experimental Study the air temperature of the autoclave. The cure cycle shown in Figure 5.2 is used for all the simulations. This cure cycle is a standard cure cycle suggested by the manufacturer of material A. The material properties for the nominal case (SANOM) are given in Figure 5.2 and are taken from the results found in Chapter 4 for material A. The fibre bed longitudinal modulus (E]) is based on the longitudinal elastic modulus of the fibres1. The fibre bed shear modulus (G13) is set at 1 MPa for the nominal case. This value is based on the average fibre bed transverse modulus calculated from the compaction curve for material A. In the pressure range of the analysis (i.e. 0-700 kPa), the average transverse modulus is approximately 2 MPa. Thus, the estimated shear modulus is set to one half of the transverse modulus. Figure 5.3 shows the finite element mesh used for the simulations. A total of 464 elements are used with a constant time step of 1 minute. The flow-compaction module is run when the resin viscosity drops under 1000 Pa.s. Figure 5.3 indicates the location of the nodes where the displacement normal to the surface (un) is extracted to obtain the laminate compaction behaviour. The change of the resin viscosity profile (SAVIS1, SAVIS2 and SAVIS3) was obtained by setting a different resin initial degree of cure (a0) or by using different values of constants (u.^ and K) for the viscosity relation (Equation B.6). The range of change in the longitudinal fibre bed permeability (SAPER1 and SAPER2) is given in Figure B.8. The range of change in the 1 The fibre bed longitudinal modulus is estimated at 100 GPa from the rule of mixture (i.e. E,=0.5 E), where E=200 GPa (fibre longitudinal modulus), for a fibre volume fraction of approximately 50%. -118-Chapter 5 Compaction of Angle Laminates: A Numerical and Experimental Study transverse fibre bed permeability (SAPER3 and SAPER4) is given in Figure B.9. The parameters for the fibre bed constitutive law used are defined in Section 3.2.4 and consist of: - the fibre bed longitudinal modulus (E]) - the fibre bed transverse modulus (E3) obtained from the fibre bed compaction curve (relation of a3 vs s3) - the fibre bed shear modulus (G13). Ej and G13 are assumed constant but E3 varies with the transverse strain (s3). The fibre bed longitudinal modulus is varied from a high value of 200 GPa (SAE11) to a low value of 1 GPa (SAE12). The fibre bed shear modulus is varied from a high value of 10 MPa (SAG131) to a low value of 10 kPa (SAG132). The change of E3 is obtained by changing the shape of the compaction curve in the transition region from a low fibre bed modulus to the final very high modulus (0.1<s3<0.25). The lower curve (SACUR1) and higher curve (SACUR2) are compared with the nominal case in Figure 5.4. 5.1.2 Results of the sensitivity analysis Table 5.1 summarizes the results from the sensitivity analysis. The compaction time and the thickness change in the flat section and at the corner of the laminate are shown. As expected, a change of the resin viscosity or the fibre bed permeability affects the full compaction time but not the final thickness of the laminate. On the other hand, the variation of the parameters of the constitutive law influences the final laminate thickness but not the full compaction time. Similar results were obtained by Smith and Poursartip (1993). Figure 5.5 illustrates this result with the effect of a change in K2 on the laminate compaction. As reported by Loos and Springer (1983), the processing conditions must be selected such full -119-Chapter 5 Compaction of Angle Laminates: A Numerical and Experimental Study compaction of the laminate is achieved before the gel time of the resin. For the case studied (geometry, material and boundary conditions), the laminate compaction time occurs before the gel time of the resin as shown in Figure 5.5. However, under different circumstances, a change of the resin viscosity and the fibre bed permeability could have a significant effect. Some conditions are listed below: - increase in resin viscosity - increase in laminate dimensions (thickness for K2 and length for K{) - increase in resin curing rate by changing the cure cycle . These issues were discussed in detail in previous work (Loos and Springer, 1983; Ciriscioli et al., 1992; Loos and William, 1985; Dave et al., 1987b and Smith and Poursartip, 1993). The effect of the shape of the compaction curve on the laminate compaction behaviour is presented in Figure 5.6. The laminate final deformation is affected particularly in the flat section of the laminate (points A, B and C). The maximum laminate compaction is reached when the applied load is entirely carried by the fibre bed (i.e. when a= a, see Figure 2.10). In the present analysis, the maximum applied stress is 700 kPa which corresponds to a fibre bed strain of «0.19 (Figure 5.4, SANOM). Since full compaction of the laminate is achieved in all cases, for a given applied stress there will be a different compaction strain for a different compaction curve. This is true if the applied stress is in the region of the compaction curve that is varied in the sensitivity analysis (for 0.1<s3<0.25). The flat section of the laminate is compacted in this range (point A s3=0.19 and point C, E3=0.16) but not the corner (point D, s3=0.1). This explains why the corner 2 This would change the gel time of the resin. -120-Chapter 5 Compaction of Angle Laminates: A Numerical and Experimental Study deformation is not affected by the change in the compaction curve. These results stresses the importance of an accurate measurement of the fibre bed compaction curve. This material property affects directly the accuracy in the prediction of the laminate final thickness. The effect of the fibre bed longitudinal modulus is presented in Figure 5.7. Increasing E[ has no effect, while decreasing E, increases the thickness change at the corner (Point D). The difference in normal displacement from the corner region (points C and D) compared to the flat section (points A and B) is explained by the presence of the fibres oriented in the [0°] direction. In the curved section of the laminate, normal deformation of the fibre bed gives rise to a tangential deformation component. The presence of very stiff fibres prevents any tangential deformations and consequently any normal or radial deformation. This behaviour is discussed in detail in Section 5.3.6. On the other hand, in the flat section, the geometry allows for normal deformations without any tangential deformation. This explains why the flat section of the laminate can reach the full compaction and why the curved section can not. By reducing E] (SAE12), more tangential deformation is possible which increases the ability of the corner to compact. The effect of the fibre bed shear modulus is presented in Figure 5.8. The variation of G13 has a significant effect particularly at the coiner (Point D) and in the transition area between the flat and the corner section (Point C). This is best shown in Figure 5.9 where the final deformation of the angle predicted by the various simulations are compared. A low value for G13 (SAG132) leads to a laminate with a constant thickness allowing the corner section to reach full compaction. A high value for G13 (SAG131) decreases the ability of the corner to compact. -121-Chapter 5 Compaction of Angle Laminates: A Numerical and Experimental Study A comparison of the fibre bed shear strain (y13) distribution for the different simulations is shown in Figure 5.10. For all cases, the shear deformation is uniform and negative in the flat section. There is a high gradient to a maximum positive shear strain at the transition between the flat and curve section for runs SANOM and SAG131. For run SAG132, the shear deformation is in the same direction in the entire laminate. The negative strains in the flat section are caused by the shearing induced by the action of the fibres being pushed away from the corner. The positive shear deformation at the corner (SANOM and SAG131) is caused by the difference in the normal compaction between the flat section and the corner. The maximum strain is at the top surface of the laminate where the thickness difference of the laminate is maximum. A variation of G13 directly influences the magnitude of the shear deformation as shown in Figure 5.10. A decrease of G13 (SAG132) increases the ability of the fibre bed to shear as indicated by an increase in the maximum shear deformation compared to the nominal case (Yi3=-0.13 for SAG132 vs y13=-0.09 for SANOM), while an increase of G13 (SAG131) has the opposite effect (y13=-0.02 for SAG131 vs y13=-0.09 for SANOM). The actual value of G13 in unknown, thus the values for the sensitivity analysis were chosen to highlight the importance of the fibre bed shear behaviour for curved laminates. 5.2 Experimental investigation This section presents a study of the compaction behaviour of 90° angle laminates under different processing conditions. The results from the experimental tests are compared to the results obtained with the processing model COMPRO in Section 5.3. As discussed in Section 4.1, the parameters studied reflect the major changes in thermoset composite processing methods over -122-Chapter 5 Compaction of Angle Laminates: A Numerical and Experimental Study recent years. Therefore, the effect of the following parameters on angle laminate compaction behaviour is investigated: - materials: A and B - bagging condition: no-bleed and bleed - tool geometry: convex tool and concave tool - lay-up: [90°]n, [0°]n and [90°,0°,+45o,-45°]n where n is the number of layers or group of layers. Table 5.2 presents the test matrix and the sample definition used for the experimental investigation. The sample geometry is the same in all cases. The unidirectional laminates [90°]n and [0°]n are designated as [90] and [0] respectively, while the quasi-isotropic laminate [90o,0°,+45o,-45°]n is designated as [QJ. The combination of the different parameters were chosen to obtain a wide range of processing conditions and to induce as much variation as possible in the final results. It is important to emphasize that the severity of the problems and defects that are described in subsequent sections do not occur under normal manufacturing conditions. 5.2.1 Testing procedure The sample dimensions are presented in Figure 5.11 (a). The total number of plies used is adjusted so that the initial thickness of the samples is similar for the two materials . Thus, the samples with material A and B have respectively 32 and 24 plies. The angles were moulded on two types of tool: a convex and a concave tool. The tool dimensions are shown in 3 Individual plies of material A are thinner than material B. -123-Chapter 5 Compaction of Angle Laminates: A Numerical and Experimental Study Figure 5.11 (b). The convex tool is made from a solid block of aluminium and the concave tool is made of an 'L' shape aluminium extrusion. The tools were coated with a release agent that allows for easy removal of the part after processing. Up to six samples were laid-up on one tool. The laminates were prepared by cutting individual ply of prepreg and stacking the prepreg directly on the tool according to the appropriate orientation. The laminates were debulked at room temperature in a vacuum bag after every group of four plies was laid-up. Once the lay-up was completed, dams were placed around the laminate to prevent any resin flow in the in-plane directions as shown in Figure 5.12. The side dams were made of silicone rubber and the edge dams were made with sealant tape. When bleed conditions were desired, a bleeder cloth was placed on top of the laminate to absorb the squeezed resin. Otherwise, for no-bleed conditions, a teflon impermeable film was placed on top of the laminate to prevent resin flow out of the laminate. Figure 5.12 shows a typical bagging configuration with the different bagging elements mentioned above. A convex and concave tool were enclosed in a single vacuum bag as shown in Figure 5.13. A layer of breather cloth was placed around the tools and the bag was connected to the autoclave vacuum through a single vacuum connector. The curing was conducted in an experimental autoclave having a chamber diameter of 0.90 m and a length of 2.13 m (Figure 5.14). The autoclave temperature and pressure were controlled by a computer that also acquired the signals from the thermocouples and the pressure sensors connected to the bag or placed inside the autoclave. Figure 5.15 shows the location of the different sensors used to monitor the temperature and the pressure during the cure. A total of -124-Chapter 5 Compaction of Angle Laminates: A Numerical and Experimental Study fifteen thermocouples4 were used to monitor the temperature. The temperature in the autoclave was controlled based on thermocouples placed at different locations in the bag and the part. The controlling system uses a lead-lag controller algorithm. With this approach, the cure cycle is defined by a series of segments consisting of a ramp or a hold. For the ramp, the heating rate and a target temperature or pressure are specified. When the lagging5 thermocouple reaches a certain criteria, the cure cycle continues to the next segment. This method differs from a cure cycle where the target values are given as a function of the cure cycle time. With a lead-lag controller, the timing of the events depend on the temperature history of the part or the actual pressure in the autoclave. Figure 5.16 shows the definition of the segments for the cure cycle chosen in this experiment. This cure cycle is a typical processing cycle for the material used. At the end of the cure, the specimens were removed from the tool and trimmed as indicated in Figure 5.17. The trimming consisted of removing approximately 12.7 mm of material around all edges of the sample. The trimmed specimens were cut in two to allow observation of the cross-section. 5.2.2 Measurements and data analysis A series of measurements were taken on the samples before and after cure. The measurements consisted of mass and thickness profiles of the laminate. These parameters are directly compared 4 9 part thermocouples, 4 tool thermocouples and 2 bag thermocouples. 5 Defined as the thermocouple having the minimum temperature. -125-Chapter 5 Compaction of Angle Laminates: A Numerical and Experimental Study with the results from the numerical simulations in Section 5.3. From these mass measurements, the resin mass loss ratio was be computed as follows: Mrloss = - (5.1) mc-mcO V mco J where mc is the laminate mass after cure and mc0 is the laminate mass before cure. The laminate thickness was measured with calipers at different stations defined in Figure 5.18. From the thickness measurements, the laminate deformation is calculated. The laminate normal strains at the measured stations is defined as follows: ^=^~- (5-2) where i is the station number (Figure 5.18) and H; is the thickness after cure and H0i is the thickness before cure. Assuming that the in-plane deformations (sx and sy) are small compared to the out of plane deformations (sni), the laminate percolation strain is defined as follows: ^Cation = ^(VF0PF + (l " Vf0)pR) (5.3) PR where pR is the resin density, pF is the fibre density and Vro the initial fibre volume fraction of the composite. Assuming that the normal deformations are uniform in the flat section of the laminate, the total laminate deformation is defined as: ^=-4- i = 1.2,4,5 (5.4) -126-Chapter 5 Compaction of Angle Laminates: A Numerical and Experimental Study where eni is the deformation measured at the stations corresponding to the flat section of the angle (Figure 5.18). stotal is a measure of the total laminate compaction while £percoiation is a measure of the compaction caused by resin percolation flow. 5.2.3 Temperature profiles The temperature profiles in the part and the tool measured during the cure are presented in Figure 5.19. A significant lag between the air temperature in the autoclave and the tool and laminate temperatures is observed particularly during the heating and cooling phases of the cure cycle. This behaviour is attributed to the tool thermal mass. During the hold periods, the temperature is uniform in the tool and the part. No exotherm was observed which is expected given the small thickness of the laminate. The pressure of the autoclave and the bag pressure were constant during the entire cure cycle. 5.2.4 Defects and problems induced by the experimental method The external defects of the laminate are localized at the corners and are classified in three main categories defined in Figure 5.20. Defect I is a blunt internal wrinkle, defect II is a sharp internal wrinkle, while defect III is an external wrinkle. Table 5.3 lists the defects found in all the specimens tested. From this table, the following statements can be made: 1) the laminates moulded with the concave tool contain more defects compared to the convex tool 2) the laminates with material A have more defects compared to material B 3) the laminates in bleed conditions have more defects compared to no-bleed conditions 4) the [90] lay-up have more defects compared to the [0] and [Q] lay-ups. -127-Chapter 5 Compaction of Angle Laminates: A Numerical and Experimental Study The defects observed are located on the side of the laminate exposed to the bag. A number of soft material layers are present between the laminate surface and the bag. These layers (i.e. teflon film, bleeder, breather) can form wrinkles due to the curvature of the mould surface. If the layers cannot slip during the application of the pressure, the wrinkle is not eliminated and can affect the surface of the laminate exposed to the bag. The wrinkles were typically more difficult to eliminate with a concave tool. A material having a low resin viscosity such as material A is more susceptible to being affected by a wrinkle in the bag. The presence of the additional layers of the bleeder (i.e. used in the bleed condition) increases the possibility of forming wrinkles and makes the operation of removing the wrinkle more difficult. Finally, the low transverse viscosity of the fibres offers no resistance to the local pressure caused by a wrinkle. Therefore, the [90] lay-up is more susceptible to wrinkle formation and this problem is discussed in Section 5.3.8. Table 5.4 presents the level of voids found in the laminates. The void level is graded from no voids (0) to many voids (3). The following trends are found from the analysis of Table 5.4: 1) more voids are present for the bleed condition compared to the no-bleed condition 2) more voids are present for material A compared to material B 3) more voids are present at the corner compared to the flat section of the laminate The void formation in composite materials is attributed to the following factors: entrapped air during the lay-up, moisture in the material and volatiles released during the cure (Loos and Springer, 1983). The resin pressure in the laminate can affect the formation of voids during cure (Loos and Springer, 1983; Dave et al., 1987a). For example, if the local vapor pressure of the void is greater than the resin pressure, a void is created. Thus, the presence of voids indicates a -128-Chapter 5 Compaction of Angle Laminates: A Numerical and Experimental Study low resin pressure area in the laminate. In bleed conditions, the resin flows out of the laminate. Thus it is expected from the compaction theory that the resin pressure will drop to zero if the laminate reaches full compaction (Figure 2.10, Full compaction). On the other hand, for a no-bleed condition, the resin is prevented from flowing out of the laminate. Thus, it is expected that the resin pressure is approximately equal to the applied pressure (Figure 2.10, Pressurization). Therefore, this would explain the presence of numerous voids in the bleed conditions compared to the no-bleed conditions. Since material A has a lower resin viscosity, the chances of reaching full compaction are higher compared to material B. This would explain the observed higher void level in material A compared to material B. Finally, the larger number of voids in the corner section compared to the flat section is an indication that the pressure at the corner could be lower and this issue is discussed in Section 5.3.5. As shown in Figure 5.21, the presence of the dams around the laminates did not prevent the resin from flowing in the in-plane direction. Local resin flow is observed at the corner of some samples particularly with the concave tool. For the concave tool, the silicone rubber did not perfectly seal the tool surface and a small gap were the resin could flow was created. Error in the measured resin loss is expected from these observations and should be considered in the analysis of the results. The results for all parameters calculated from the measured information are presented in Appendix C. 5.2.5 Resin mass loss At the end of the cure, significant resin flow in the bleeder was noticed in the bag containing the material A laminates as seen in Figure 5.22. The resin flow out of the laminate was so -129-Chapter 5 Compaction of Angle Laminates: A Numerical and Experimental Study significant that the resin even bled in the breather. On the other hand, no visible resin flow was observed for the bag containing the material B laminates. After removing the bag, the bleeders for material A were fully saturated with resin. The bleeders for material B were only partially saturated with resin. Table 5.5 presents the resin mass loss ratio calculated using Equation 5.1. The results clearly show the larger amount of resin flow obtained for material A compared to material B. The orientation of the laminate did not affect significantly the amount of resin flow. This is believable since the flow is mainly occurring in the out-of-plane direction. The permeability in this direction is independent of the fibre orientation which affects only the in-plane permeability of the fibre bed. Similar results were obtained by Loos and William (1985) with the compaction of flat laminates. 5.2.6 Thickness profiles The thicknesses measured at the stations defined in Figure 5.18 before and after cure are presented in Figures 5.23 to 5.26. The thickness of the laminates before cure is indicated by the location of the error bar horizontal marker. The initial thickness profile results from the lay-up and the debulking operations described in Section 5.2.1. The following statements about the initial thickness of the laminate can be made from the results presented: Convex tool (Figures 5.23 and 5.24) 1) for material A (Figure 5.23), the thickness is fairly uniform except for the [90] where the laminate is thinner at the corner 2) for material B (Figure 5.24), the laminate is thicker at the corner in most cases. Concave tool (Figures 5.25 and 5.26) 1) for material A (Figure 5.25), the thickness is uniform -130-Chapter 5 Compaction of Angle Laminates: A Numerical and Experimental Study 2) for material B (Figure 5.26), the thickness is uniform except for the [0] where the laminate is thicker at the corner. In general, the initial thickness of the laminates with material B is less uniform. Material B is more difficult to conform to the.corner of the tool. The prepreg for material B is thicker than material A (Table 4.2) which makes it more difficult to bend in the corner. Furthermore, the room temperature resin viscosity for material B is higher than material A, which decreases the ability of the material to deform at the corner. The debulking during the lay-up process was very effective for material A. However, this operation was not capable of compacting the layers of prepreg at the corner for material B. An indication of the better formability at room temperature of material A is the corner thinning observed for the [90] on the convex tool. In this case, the local pressure at the corner is sufficient to deform the material locally. This behaviour was not observed with material B. The presence of defects at the corner sometime makes the thickness measurements after cure difficult. When a defect is present at the corner, the thickness measurement is taken adjacent to the defect. The presence of a defect at the corner is indicated in Figures 5.23 to 5.26 by a symbol (*) for a minor defect and (*^) for a major defect. The following statements for the final thickness of the laminate can be made from the results presented: Convex tool (Figures 5.23 and 5.24) 1) for both materials, the [90] are thinner at the corner 2) for both materials, the [0] are thicker at the corner in a bleed condition Concave tool (Figures 5.25 and 5.26) 1) for both materials, the [90] are thicker at the corner -131-Chapter 5 Compaction of Angle Laminates: A Numerical and Experimental Study The thickness in the fiat section (STN1,2,4 and 5) is in most cases uniform. Thus, the thickness gradient is localized at the corner of the laminate. Figure 5.27 shows the complete thickness profile for representative samples with and without thickness variation. On the left side of Figure 5.27, samples 5AM3 and 5CF3 have a uniform thickness. On the right side of Figure 5.27, samples with corner thinning (5BM7) and corner thickening (5DF7) are presented. This behaviour at the corner of angle laminates was described by O Bradaigh (1994) for thermo-formed thermoplastic matrix laminates and was attributed to the transverse flow of the material. A driving force is present at the corner that causes the laminate local thickness change. This force acts differently for the convex and the concave tool as corner thinning and thickening are associated with the convex and concave tool respectively (Section 5.3.6). The ply orientation greatly affects the deformation behaviour at the corner. The composite transverse viscosity (Section 2.3.2.1) is very low. Thus, for the [90] laminates, the material can shear, creating the thickness gradient observed at the corner. For most of the [0] and [Q] laminates, the presence of very stiff fibres prevents the local deformation of the laminate. The presence of defects also influences the thickness profile of the laminate. Figure 5.28 shows micrographs illustrating the defects found at the corner of the laminates. The presence of a wrinkle in the bag contributes to the higher thickness at the corner measured for the specimens shown in Figure 5.28 (a) and (b). Bag bridging at the corner explains the presence of the resin at the surface exposed to the bag for the sample shown in Figure 5.28 (c). At this point, the bag bridges creating a small gap were resin can be seen to have accumulated by percolation and -132-Chapter 5 Compaction of Angle Laminates: A Numerical and Experimental Study increased the local thickness of the laminate. The bridging of the bag occurs typically with concave tools when the plastic film used for the bag cannot conform to the small radius of curvature of the tool. The opposite of bag bridging would be bag indentation shown in Figure 5.33 (d). In this case, the bag wedged into the laminate inducing a bulge of the material on either sides. The presence of [90°] layers in the lay-up for sample 5DF9 (i.e. [Q] lay-up) allowed the local deformation of the laminate. Similar behaviour was reported by O Bradaigh (1994) where corner thickening and thinning for thermo-formed thermoplastic matrix cross-ply laminates (i.e. [0°/90°]n) was entirely attributed to the deformation of the [90°] plies. 5.2.7 Strains The change in the laminate thickness is investigated in this section. In Figures 5.29 to 5.32, the normal strains (sni) measured at the different stations are presented. On the same graphs, the total strain (£tota|) and percolation strain (sperc0|ation) are plotted. The total strain can be expressed as follows: Etotal ~ ^percolation £shear + £ debulking £ other (5-5) where sshear is the strain caused by-shear flow and Sdebuiking is the strain caused by the compaction of the voids present in the laminate before cure. Other strains6 can also contribute to the thickness change and they are included in eother. From Equation 5.5, a difference between stotai and ^percolation 15 attributed to the other deformation mechanisms. The following statements for the laminate strains can be made from the results presented: 6 E.g. strains caused by resin cure shrinkage. -133-Chapter 5 Compaction of Angle Laminates: A Numerical and Experimental Study Convex and concave tools (Figures 5.29 to 5.32) 1) for material A, £percoIation * stota, 2) for material B, spercolation < etotai 3) bleed conditions increased the magnitude of the strains, particularly with material A Convex tool (Figures 5.29 and 5.30) 1) high thinning strains at the corner occur for material B [90] laminates Concave tool (Figures 5.31 and 5.32) 1) high thickening strains at the corner occur for both materials [90] laminates The results indicate that for material A, the laminate normal strains are primarily caused by resin flow out of the laminate. This is not the case for material B where the difference between stotai and Spercolation ls attributed partially to sdebulking. This result is consistent with the compaction tests on simple laminates presented in Chapter 4, Section 4.4. The magnitude of the strains in the flat section depends on whether it is a bleed condition. As expected, material A is more sensitive than material B to the change in the bagging condition. This is explained by the low viscosity of the resin in material A. The magnitude of the strains at the corner is more a function of the ply orientation and the presence of defects, while the sign of the strains at the corner depends of the type of tool used. The high deformation measured at the corner for the [90] laminates is principally caused by the intraply shear flow of the composite. The percolation flow mechanism cannot alone cause the observed strains. The magnitude of the predicted compaction strains at the corner caused by -134-Chapter 5 Compaction of Angle Laminates: A Numerical and Experimental Study resin percolation are typically 0.05 (Section 5.3.2). The maximum measured strains at the corner for this material is 0.20. Thus, the difference must be caused by the shear flow of the material . 5.2.8 Discussion From the result of these experiments, the best combination to obtain a good angle laminate is to use a convex tool with material B and a quasi-isotropic lay-up in a no-bleed condition. This combination is logical considering that the problems encountered (i.e. resin loss, voids, defects and thickness gradients) are related to the resin flow out of the laminate, the ply orientation, the tool used or the effect of the bag on the laminate surface. A material having a lower resin viscosity is more sensitive to imperfections in the bagging which would cause severe resin mass losses out of the laminate. Even though high viscosity materials are more difficult to conform to a tool having sharp corners, the voids created during the lay-up process are eliminated during cure. The ply orientation has a significant effect on the compaction behaviour at the corner regardless of the material used. The presence of stiff fibres oriented in the appropriate direction strongly prevents the significant thickness gradient observed at the laminate corner. However, local deformations in some of the laminate plies can still occur under the action of local forces induced by the bagging element imperfections (i.e. wrinkles). The choice of the tool used can have a significant effect on the final part quality. The lay-up operation is more difficult with the concave tool, where the removal of small wrinkles induced 7 Some strain at the corner is probably caused by Sdebuiking or eother--135-Chapter 5 Compaction of Angle Laminates: A Numerical and Experimental Study during lay-up is more difficult. The bag can also bridge at the corner and resin rich regions can be created. In the event of introducing an automatic lay-up process machine, the use of a convex tool is therefore recommended . 5.3 Numerical investigation The objective here is to model the angle laminates considered previously in the experimental studies. With the processing model, it is possible to take into account all the components used during the manufacturing process of the composite laminate. For example, the consideration of the tool in modelling has a significant effect on the predicted temperature profile in the part (Hubert etal., 1995). A model taking into account the tool and the laminate for a specimen moulded with a convex tool was used to study the viscosity profiles for materials A and B (Figure 5.33). The cure cycle definition used for the experiment (Figure 5.16) was applied to the model. The appropriate heat transfer coefficient for the autoclave (Johnston and Hubert, 1995) was used where convection boundary conditions were applied. The temperature profiles predicted by the model are in very good agreement with the measured temperature profiles as shown in Figure 5.34. The viscosity profiles are also shown in Figure 5.34. The cure cycle chosen gave a long processing window for flow by maintaining the resin viscosity at its minimum for about one hour. As expected, the viscosity of material A is lower than material B. The gel point is reached at 170 minutes and 150 minutes for materials A and B, respectively. The model incorporating the tool shown in Figure 5.33 is not adequate for the flow-compaction model. The number of elements used to mesh the laminate is not sufficient to ensure accuracy of -136-Chapter 5 Compaction of Angle Laminates: A Numerical and Experimental Study the non-linear solution used by the flow-compaction model. Thus, the compaction simulations consider one half of the laminate without the tool. The symmetry condition is adequate since the experiments showed a symmetric compaction for most angles. The temperature profile of the part shown in Figure 5.34 is applied directly to the boundary of the model to make sure that the curing behaviour of the resin is similar to the experiments. 5.3.1 Finite element models definition The geometry of the finite element models used for the numerical investigation is presented in Figure 5.35. The samples modelled are presented in Table 5.6. Only the specimens in bleed conditions were modelled for this analysis since the formulation currently implemented in the flow-compaction model considers percolation flow only. Two geometries were used, one for the specimens on the convex tool and one for the specimens on the concave tool (Figure 5.35). The dimensions of the models are presented in Table 5.6. The condition at the tool interface was simulated by fixing the displacements at the boundary. This condition is equivalent to the assumption of no-slip at the tool-laminate interface. In reality, slip is probably present at the tool-laminate interface. However, for this analysis, assuming infinite friction was judged acceptable compared to assuming no-friction or sliding conditions at the tool-laminate interface. The latter would result in large in-plane deformations. The experiments showed very little in-plane deformation which is only simulated by no-slip conditions. At the axis of symmetry, a sliding displacement condition was applied. The pressure was applied on the top and left surfaces of the laminate as shown in Figure 5.35. Impermeable conditions were maintained at all surfaces expect for the top surface of the laminate where the resin pressure was set to the bag -137-Chapter 5 Compaction of Angle Laminates: A Numerical and Experimental Study pressure. This surface represents the bleeder where the resin is allowed to flow freely during cure. The temperature profile of the part was applied to the surfaces except for the symmetry surface where adiabatic conditions were maintained. The material properties for the different runs are presented in Figure 5.35. For the [0] lay-up, the fibres are in the in-plane longitudinal direction (1 direction). Thus, the fibre bed modulus E[ is assumed constant at 100 GPa for materials A and B. The out-of-plane response is given by the fibre bed compaction curve shown in Figure 5.35. For the [90] lay-up, the fibres are in the in-plane transverse direction (2 direction). Therefore, the fibre bed elastic behaviour in the 1 and 3 directions corresponds to the out-of-plane response given by the fibre bed compaction curve. Finally, the fibre bed shear modulus is assumed constant for all cases at a value of 0.5 MPa. This value was chosen based on the results of the model compared to the actual experiments. The mesh size for the finite element models used is presented in Figure 5.36. The convex tool specimen mesh contains 464 elements while the concave tool specimen mesh contains 448 elements. The time step was kept constant during the solution at 1 minute. The flow model was run when the resin viscosity is below 1000 Pa.s. Figure 5.37 shows the location of the nodes used to extract the normal displacements and the resin pressure used in the analysis of the results. 5.3.2 Resin mass losses and laminate thickness predictions The resin mass losses predicted by the model are compared with the experimental results in Table 5.7. Very good agreement is obtained for both materials under the different conditions. Expressed as the resin mass loss ratio (Equation 5.1). -138-Chapter 5 Compaction of Angle Laminates: A Numerical and Experimental Study This confirms that the interaction between the viscosity model, the fibre bed permeability model and the constitutive law chosen is adequate for the materials studied. The predicted final thicknesses of the laminate are compared to the measured values in Figures 5.38 and 5.39. The thickness of the flat section (Figure 5.37) is compared to the average thickness measured at stations 1,2,4 and 5 (Figure 5.18). The thickness at the corner is directly compared to the measured value (H3). The initial thickness of the laminate is indicated as reference by the location of the error bar horizontal marker in Figures 5.38 and 5.39. For all simulations, the initial thickness of the laminate was assumed uniform. As discussed in Section 5.2.6, the initial thickness of the laminate was found to be non-uniform. Thus, the comparison between the predictions and the experiments have to be interpreted from this perspective. The general trends observed in the experiments are captured reasonably by the model. The thickness change predicted by the model (sn) is compared to the experimental results (etotai) in Figures 5.40 and 5.41. The agreement between the simulations and the experiments is better for material A than material B. This is consistent with the results found in Section 5.2.7 (etotai~£percoiation f°r material A). Based on the assumptions of the flow-compaction model, the thickness change from the simulations corresponds mainly to £percoiation- Tne model cannot simulate the exact magnitude of other strains observed in the experiments (Sdebuiking ^d sshear). The disagreement with the experiments is particularly noticeable for the [90] lay-up. Typically, these specimens have severe defects at the corner. -139-Chapter 5 Compaction of Angle Laminates: A Numerical and Experimental Study 5.3.3 Final shape of the laminates The predicted final shape of the laminates are presented in Figure 5.42. The results shown are for material A only since similar, but smaller magnitude results are obtained for material B. The laminate lay-up has a significant effect on the deformation at the edge of the laminate. The [0] laminates have small lateral deformation and the tool geometry (convex vs concave) influences the sign of the shear deformation in the flat section. This behaviour is not observed for the [90] lay-up where the deformation is more important and always in the direction of the pressure at the edge. The applied pressure caused this deformation and similar deformation profiles were observed on the test specimens as shown in Figure 5.43. The edge of the laminates were cut square before cure. The good agreement between the predicted and observed edge profiles indicates that the value chosen for G13 is reasonable. 5.3.4 Compaction of the laminates during cure The compaction of the laminates is studied by comparing the normal displacement at the flat section and the corner. The results are presented in Figures 5.44 to 5.47. From these figures the following statements can be made: 1) Full compaction is reached at the minimum viscosity for material A. 2) The compaction of material B is stopped at the resin gel point. 3) The compaction of the flat section is similar for all cases. 4) The compaction at the corner is faster with the convex tool. -140-Chapter 5 Compaction of Angle Laminates: A Numerical and Experimental Study The difference between the two materials comes mainly from the resin type used. The difference in the compaction behaviour between the corner and the flat section indicates that the flow of the resin is affected by the presence of the corner. This issue is discussed in detail in Section 5.3.6. 5.3.5 Resin pressure variation during cure One way of investigating the flow behaviour of the resin is to look at the resin pressure variation during the compaction of the laminate. The resin pressure gradient in the laminate is the driving force for resin flow. For the simple unidirectional compaction of flat laminates, the resin pressure should drop as the laminate compacts. When full compaction is reached, the resin pressure is equal to zero (Section 2.3.1.3). The predicted variation of the resin pressure during compaction is presented in Figures 5.48 to 5.51. The resin pressure is monitored at two points on the tool surface as indicated in Figure 5.37. The following observations are made from the pressure variation at these points during compaction: 1) The resin pressure drops close to zero in all cases for material A. 2) The pressure drops by a maximum of 40 kPa for material B. 3) The pressure at the corner drops more quickly than in the flat section for the [0°]. 4) For the convex tool, the pressure at the corner is initially higher compared to the flat section. 5) For the concave tool, the pressure at the corner is initially lower compared to the flat section. The significant pressure drop for material A is consistent with the compaction behaviour observed previously for this material (Section 5.3.4). The resin pressure in material B laminates could explain why the laminates made with material A contained in general more voids (Section 5.2.4). The higher pressure with material B may be enough to prevent the formation of vapor bubbles from the entrapped moisture in the laminate (Loos and Springer, 1983; Dave et al., -141-Chapter 5 Compaction of Angle Laminates: A Numerical and Experimental Study 1987a). The faster pressure drop observed at the corner for the [0] lay-up normally implies that the corner reaches full compaction before the flat section of the laminate. However, the final thickness at the corner was higher compared to the flat section which is in contradiction with the theory of consolidation. The pressure gradient observed at the corner (items 3 and 4) is discussed in the next section. 5.3.6 Corner compaction behaviour The final normal strain distribution in the corner is shown in Figure 5.52. The normal strain is uniform in the flat section of the laminate, while gradients are present at the corner. In most cases as seen in Figure 5.52, the normal strains are lower at the corner except for the [90] lay-up on the convex tool. The resin pressure for all the laminates of material A dropped to zero at the end of the compaction of the laminate (Section 5.3.5). Thus, from the classical theory of compaction for flat laminates, the normal strain should be uniform at any point in the laminate. However, for curved laminates, the fibres support the load in the corner by a combination of shear and longitudinal loads as shown in Figure 5.53. This behaviour is particular to curvilinear shapes and is significantly different from the simple compaction behaviour of flat panels where shear stresses can be neglected under the loading conditions found during autoclave processing. The presence of very stiff fibres in the longitudinal direction (i.e. [0] lay-up) is blocking the normal deformation of the fibre bed at the corner. For the convex tool, longitudinal compressive stresses are generated by the compaction of the fibre bed. For the concave tool, tensile stresses are induced by the compaction as shown in Figure 5.53. In both cases, the ability of the fibre to shear determines the ease with which the fibres slide to enable compaction at the corner. If the -142-Chapter 5 Compaction of Angle Laminates: A Numerical and Experimental Study fibres are constrained from sliding, they can bridge creating a wrinkle, as with the sample shown in Figure 5.54. Thus, in this case, the resin pressure drop is not caused by the transverse load bearing capability of the fibres but by the high compression stresses transmitted along the fibres. For the [90] lay-up, the fibre bed longitudinal and transverse behaviour is identical, since the material is essentially isotropic in the plane considered. With the convex tool, the corner is thinner, while with the concave tool, the corner is thicker (Figure 5.52). Thus, the stress at the tool interface at the corner is higher for the convex tool while the stress is lower with the concave tool. The applied pressure for the convex tool acts on a larger surface compared to the concave tool as shown in Figure 5.55. Thus to have equilibrium, the reaction stress at the tool surface is higher for the convex tool compared to the concave tool. This pressure gradient constitutes the driving force causing the corner thinning or thickening observed with the [90] laminates. In the flat section, the surface exposed to the pressure is equal to the reaction surface at the tool which leads to a uniform compaction. 5.3.7 Resin flow behaviour during cure The resin flow behaviour is studied by looking at the resin velocity distribution. The results presented in Figure 5.56 are for material A at 50 minutes. At this time, the compaction accelerates (e.g. Figure 5.44) and large pressure gradients are present. In general, the resin flow is normal in the flat section and longitudinal close to the tool surface (Figure 5.56). For most cases, resin flow out of the laminate is higher at the corner. However, for the [90] with the convex tool, the resin flows away from the corner. -143-Chapter 5 Compaction of Angle Laminates: A Numerical and Experimental Study Figures 5.57 and 5.58 present the pressure distribution and the fibre volume fraction distribution corresponding to Figure 5.56. The resin pressure gradient is greater in the direction normal to the tool for most cases. However, a gradient in the longitudinal direction is present except for the [90] with the convex tool. Combined with the lower fibre volume fraction in the corner, the flow direction observed for these cases is explained. For the [90] with the convex tool, the higher fibre volume fraction at the surface of the corner region creates a low permeability zone compared to the surface of the laminate in the flat section. Given that the resin pressure is uniform, the flow is directed towards regions of higher permeability as seen in Figure 5.58. 5.3.8 Discussion The flow-compaction model developed in this work predicts adequately the deformation of curved laminates caused by percolation flow. The fibre bed constitutive law currently implemented assumes a constant elastic shear modulus (Section 3.2.4). Allowing for G13 is a way of evaluating the shear deformation behaviour of the laminate. However, the magnitude of the shear deformation is not predicted which indicates that a better constitutive law is required for the composite. Nevertheless, the current model provides valuable information in understanding the compaction behaviour at the corner. The presence of fibres oriented in the longitudinal direction ([0]) restricts the deformation behaviour of the material. The fibres oriented in the transverse direction ([90]) offer little resistance to deviatoric stresses caused by the moulding geometry (convex vs concave tool) or any pressure intensifier induced by bag imperfections (i.e. wrinkles, gaps, etc,). In some cases, the deformations involved are very large as shown in Figure 5.59, where one can see the sharp wrinkle created by the bagging material. -144-Chapter 5 Compaction of Angle Laminates: A Numerical and Experimental Study 5.4 Summary Flow-compaction model sensitivity analysis • The fibre bed longitudinal and shear modulus significantly affect the compaction behaviour in the corner section of the curved laminates. • Accurate measurement of the fibre bed compaction curve is critical for accurate prediction of the laminate final thickness. • As shown previously (e.g. Loos and Springer, 1983; Smith and Poursartip, 1993), the resin viscosity and fibre bed permeability affect the compaction rate of the laminate. Angle laminate experiments • The laminate defects (i.e. voids, wrinkles, etc,) are localized at the corner. • The laminates with material A (low viscosity) exhibit more resin loss compared to material B (high viscosity). • The final thickness of the laminate is uniform in the flat section. • In the flat section, the total strain in bleed conditions are principally caused by percolation flow for material A. For material B the total strain is a combination of percolation and debulking strain. • At the corner, high strains are observed for the [90] lay-up which create corner thinning for the convex tool and corner thickening for the concave tool. These gradients are caused by shear flow of the composite. -145-Chapter 5 Compaction of Angle Laminates: A Numerical and Experimental Study Angle laminate simulations • The percolation flow-compaction model predicts the amount of resin mass loss during the compaction of angle laminates in a bleed condition. • The final thickness profiles obtained by the model follows the trends observed in the experiments. • The magnitude of the calculated strains at the corner for the [90°] are lower than the measured strains. The difference is caused by shear flow. • The flow-compaction model with the current fibre bed constitutive law aids in understanding the effect of the shear deformations at the corner. -146-Chapter 5 Compaction of Angle Laminates: A Numerical and Experimental Study 5.5 Tables Table 5.1 Run definition and results for the sensitivity analysis. Result Run Parameter Full Thickness Thickness compaction change in change at time flat section corner (min.) (mm) (mm) Nominal case SANOM |Sge:iFjig|5|2|||||i^ 135 -0.95 -0.52 Resin viscosity SAVIS1 iilpjiiiiiiiiiiisii: 140 (+5) -0.95 (0) -0.52 (0) SAV1S2 uK=3.5xlO""Pa.s 135 (0) -0.95 (0) -0.52 (0) SAVIS3 150(+15) -0.95 (0) -0.52 (0) Fibre bed longitudinal permeability SAPER1 Ll (Fig.B.8) 135 (0) -0.95 (0) -0.52 (0) SAPER2 L3 (Fig. B.8) 140 (+5) -0.95 (0) -0.52 (0) Fibre bed transverse permeability SAPER3 TI (Fig. B.9) 125 (-10) -0.95 (0) -0.52 (0) SAPER4 T4 (Fig. B.9) 145 (+10) -0.95 (0) -0.52 (0) Fibre bed compaction curve shape SACUR1 see (Fig. 5.4) 135 (0) -0.99 (-0.04) -0.52 (0) SACUR2 see (Fig. 5.4) 135 (0) -0.91 (+0.04) -0.52 (0) Fibre bed longitudinal modulus SAE11 E,=200 GPa 135 (0) -0.95 (0) -0.52 (0) SAE12 lll|:;GP|||||;ssl:|| 135 (0) -0.95 (0) -0.70 (-0.18) Fibre bed shear modulus SAG131 G,3=10MPa 130 (-5) -0.95 (0) -0.05 (+0.47) SAG 132 Gl3=10kPa 135 (0) -0.95 (0) -0.95 (-0.43) * Note: Value in parentheses represents the variation from the nominal case. Table 5.2 Sample definition for angle processing experiments and test matrix. Convex tool Material A Material B Lay-up No-bleed Bleed No-bleed Bleed [90] 5BM7 5BM10 5 AM1 5AM4 [0] 5BM8 5BM11 5AM2 5AM5 [Q] 5BM9 5BM12 5AM3 5AM6 Concave tool Material A Material B Lay-up No-bleed Bleed No-bleed Bleed [90] 5DF7 5DF10 5CF1 5CF4 [0] 5DF8 5DF11 5CF2 5CF5 [Q] 5DF9 5DF12 5CF3 5CF6 -147-Chapter 5 Compaction of Angle Laminates: A Numerical and Experimental Study Table 5.3 Type of defects observed after cure of the angles. Typical defects are shown in Fig. 5.20. Convex tool Material A Material B Lay-up No-bleed Bleed No-bleed Bleed [90] NONE III NONE NONE [0] NONE III NONE NONE [Q] NONE III NONE NONE Concave tool Material A Material B Lay-up No-bleed Bleed No-bleed Bleed [90] II II II II [0] I I NONE I [Q] II I NONE II Table 5.4 Level of voids in the flat section and at the corner of the laminates. Obtained from the visual inspection of the angles after the cure. The void level is ranked on a scale of 0 to 3 corresponding to no voids (0) to large number of voids (3). Convex tool Material A Material B No-bleed Bleed No-bleed Bleed Lay-up Flat Corner Flat Corner Flat Corner Flat Corner [90] 0 0 3 2 0 0 0 0 [0] 1 0 0 3 1 0 1 1 [Q] 0 0 2 3 0 0 0 1 Concave tool Material A Material B No-bleed Bleed No-bleed Bleed Lay-up Flat Corner Flat Corner Flat Corner Flat Corner [90] 1 0 3 2 0 0 0 0 [0] 1 0 3 3 0 1 1 2 [Q] 0 0 3 3 0 1 2 3 Table 5.5 Resin mass loss ratio calculated from the mass of the laminates before and after cure (Equation 5.1). Convex tool Material A Material B Lay-up No-bleed Bleed No-bleed Bleed [90] 2% 17% 0% 4% [0] 1% 16% 0% 3% [Q] 3% 15% 0% 3% Concave tool Material A Material B Lay-up No-bleed Bleed No-bleed Bleed [90] 6% 16% 1% 4% [0] 7% 16% 0% 3% [Q] 9% 13% 0% 2% -148-Chapter 5 Compaction of Angle Laminates: A Numerical and Experimental Study Table 5.6 Finite element model dimensions and material input used for the simulations of the angle laminates. The models and the material input are defined in Figure 5.35. Sample Mesh L (mm) H (mm) R (mm) Material Lay-up 5BM10 Convex 63 4.96 4.57 A [90] 5BM11 Convex 63 4.96 4.57 A[0] 5AM4 Convex 63 4.8 4.57 B [90] 5AM5 Convex 63 4.8 4.57 B[0] 5DF10 Concave 63 4.96 6.35 A [90] 5DF11 Concave 63 4.96 6.35 A[0] 5CF4 Concave 63 4.8 6.35 B [90] 5CF5 Concave 63 4.8 6.35 B[0] Table 5.7 Comparison of the resin mass loss ratio obtained from the experiments and the predictions with the finite element program (COMPRO). Convex tool Material A Material B Lay-up Experiments COMPRO Experiments COMPRO [90] 17% 17% 4% 4% [0] 16% 14% 3% 4% Concave tool Material A Material B Lay-up Experiments COMPRO Experiments COMPRO [90] 16% 16% 4% 3% [0] 16% 15% 3% 3% -149-Chapter 5 Compaction of Angle Laminates: A Numerical and Experimental Study 5.6 Figures Meshed area Figure 5.1 Angle laminate geometric definition for modelling. FLOW (P=Pb) FLOW (P=Pb) Material properties Cure cycle Material: AS4/3501-6 or Material A u=see Table B.2 K,=Equation2.8k=0.7 K2=Equation 2.9 k'=0.2, Va'=0.81 E,=100 GPa E3=Figure 4.13 material A G13=l MPa 2hr. at 177°C / 2°C/min lhr. at 107°c/ \ 2°C/min 700 kPa atm i 70 kPa/min atm Cure time Figure 5.2 Finite element model dimensions, boundary conditions and material properties input for the nominal case of the sensitivity analysis (SANOM). -150-Chapter 5 Compaction of Angle Laminates: A Numerical and Experimental Study Figure 5.3 Finite element mesh used for the sensitivity analysis. The location for the normal displacement (un) outputs is shown. Figure 5.4 Compaction curves used for the sensitivity analysis to investigate the effect of shifting the fibre bed effective stress in the stiffening region (0.1<s3<0.25). -151-Chapter 5 Compaction of Angle Laminates: A Numerical and Experimental Study Figure 5.5 Effect of the variation of the transverse permeability on the angle compaction behaviour. The viscosity profile is also shown indicating the gel time of the resin. 0T Point D \ \ N. Point C A \ \ Point B \ V i ~—v A Point A - \V, A v^- — \\, w - -YV Xs — - \\" - s-m n .-i. 1 1 1 1 0 20 40 60 80 100 120 140 160 Time (min) SANOM SACUR1 SACUR2 I Figure 5.6 Effect of the compaction curve shape on the angle compaction behaviour. -152-Chapter 5 Compaction of Angle Laminates: A Numerical and Experimental Study -1.2 J 1 1 —4 j 1 1 ! 1 0 20 40 60 80 100 120 140 160 Time (min) SANOM SAE11 ------ SAE 12 Figure 5.7 Effect of the fibre bed longitudinal modulus (Ej) on the angle compaction behaviour. -1.2 -I 1 1 1— 1 1 i 1 1 0 20 40 60 80 100 120 140 160 Time (min) SANOM SAG131 SAG132 Figure 5.8 Effect of the fibre bed shear modulus (G13) variation on the angle compaction behaviour. -153-Chapter 5 Compaction of Angle Laminates: A Numerical and Experimental Study Figure 5.9 Effect of the fibre bed shear modulus (G13) on the final shape of the angle. The deformation behaviour at the corner is enlarged. -154-Chapter 5 Compaction of Angle Laminates: A Numerical and Experimental Study Shear deformation definition Figure 5.10 Effect of the fibre bed shear modulus (G13) on the final shear deformation (Yi3) distribution in the laminate, (a) SANOM, (b) SAG131 and (c) SAG132. -155-Chapter 5 Compaction of Angle Laminates: A Numerical and Experimental Study 72 mm ' 76 mm1 Convex tool Concave tool (b) Figure 5.11 Angle laminate compaction experiments, (a) laminate dimensions and fibre orientation definition, (b) tool dimensions. -156-Chapter 5 Compaction of Angle Laminates: A Numerical and Experimental Study sealant tape No-bleed bagging Bleed bagging Figure 5.12 Typical bagging configurations for no-bleed and bleed conditions. Configuration for the convex tool is shown in this figure. -157-Chapter 5 Compaction of Angle Laminates: A Numerical and Experimental Study Figure 5.14 Photograph of the autoclave and the computer controlling the cure cycle. -158-Chapter 5 Compaction of Angle Laminates: A Numerical and Experimental Study Autoclave Part Inside tool Part thermocouples Figure 5.15 Definition of the processing parameters measured for the autoclave and the bag (top) and typical location of the thermocouples on the tool and in the part (bottom). The part thermocouples are embedded about 5 mm inside the part. -159-Chapter 5 Compaction of Angle Laminates: A Numerical and Experimental Study Segment Room temperature. Curing time Segments definition Segment Hold Temperature Rate Pressure Vacuum Criteria * (min) (°C) (°C/min) (kPa) gauge (kPa) (°C) 1 121 2 540 101** 115 2 30 3 163 2 157 4 120 5 25 50 6 0 * The criteria is based on the lagging thermocouple (the coolest during heating and the hottest during cooling). ** The bag is initially under full vacuum. The bag is vented to the atmosphere when the autoclave pressure reaches 200 kPa Figure 5.16 Cure cycle used and segment definition for the autoclave control system for the angle compaction experiment. -160-Chapter 5 Compaction of Angle Laminates: A Numerical and Experimental Study 12.7mmTYP trimmed specimens Figure 5.17 Laminate trimming after the cure. STN1 H0i»Hj I 12 mm TYP. t STN2 H02, H2 | STN3 *~ 12mmp^ „TYP' H03 »H3 T I V Y? H04, H4 STN4 H05, H5 STN5 Figure 5.18 Angle thickness measurement stations. -161-Chapter 5 Compaction of Angle Laminates: A Numerical and Experimental Study Figure 5.19 Temperature and pressure variation recorded during the cure showing the temperature gradients between the autoclave, tool and part temperatures. The tool and part temperatures shown are representative of the results for all thermocouples located in similar areas. I II III 2 mm Figure 5.20 Photographs of the cross-section of samples showing the aspect of the defects found. The defects distribution is presented in Table 5.3. -162-Chapter 5 Compaction of Angle Laminates: A Numerical and Experimental Study Convex tool Material A Convex tool Material B [Q] [0] [90] [Q] [0] [90] 50mm H I Bleed No-bleed Figure 5.21 Photographs of the samples after removal of the bagging elements. Resin can be seen at the edges of the samples. -163-Chapter 5 Compaction of Angle Laminates: A Numerical and Experimental Study Convex tool Material A Convex tool Material B Concave tool Material A Concave tool Material B 50mm mmk [Q] [0] [90] Bleed [Q] [0] [90] No-bleed Figure 5.22 Photographs showing the exterior aspect of the bags after cure. Resin is seen mainly with material A. -164-Chapter 5 Compaction of Angle Laminates: A Numerical and Experimental Study 7.5 7 6.5 6 5.5 5 4.5 4 3.5 H|H2H3H4Hs(typ.) No-bleed Bleed [90] [0] [Q] [90] Ply orientation [0] [Q] Figure 5.23 Thickness measurements after cure for material A with convex tool. The top of the error bar corresponds to the initial thickness of the laminate. The symbol ¥ indicates the presence of minor defect at the corner. 7.5 6.5 5.5 H,H2H5H4H5(typ.) No-bleed Bleed 4.5 -I 4 3.5 ± [90] [0] [Q] [90] Ply orientation [0] [Q] Figure 5.24 Thickness measurements after cure for material B with convex tool. The top of the error bar corresponds to the initial thickness of the laminate. -165-Chapter 5 Compaction of Angle Laminates: A Numerical and Experimental Study 7.5 7 6.5 6 5.5 5 4.5 4 3.5 H,H2 H, H4H5(typ.) No-bleed Bleed [90] [0] [Q] [90] [0] [Q] Ply orientation Figure 5.25 Thickness measurements after cure for material A with concave tool. The top of the error bar corresponds to the initial thickness of the laminate. The symbols • and + * indicate the presence of minor and major defects at the corner respectively. 7.5 7 6.5 6 5.5 5 4.5 4 3.5 Hi H2 H3 H4 H5 (typ.) No-bleed Bleed i A [90] [0] [Q] [90] Ply orientation [0] [Q] Figure 5.26 Thickness measurements after cure for material B with concave tool. The top of the error bar corresponds to the initial thickness of the laminate. The symbols * and indicate the presence of minor and major defects at the corner respectively. -166-Chapter 5 Compaction of Angle Laminates: A Numerical and Experimental Study Convex tool Tool side (typ.) Comer thinning 5AM3 5BM7 Concave tool Corner thickening Tool side (typ.) 5CF3 5DF7 Figure 5.27 Angle profiles obtained from image analysis of photographs of the specimen cross-sections. Good quality samples are shown on the left (5AM3 and 5CF3). On the right, thickness gradients at the corner for [90] samples (5BM7 and 5DF7) are exemplified by corner thinning and thickening. -167-Chapter 5 Compaction of Angle Laminates: A Numerical and Experimental Study (c) (d) 2 mm Figure 5.28 Microphotographs of the cross-section of samples with defect at the corner for convex tool ((a) and (b)) and concave tool ((c) and (d)), (a) [0] sample (5BM11), (b) [Q] sample (5BM12), (c) [0] sample (5DF8) and (d) [Q] sample (5DF9). -168-Chapter 5 Compaction of Angle Laminates: A Numerical and Experimental Study No-bleed * Bleed — n — - i if — o * • eni en2 en3 en4 e„5 (typ) A Total o Percolation [90] [0] [Q] [90] [0] [Q] Ply orientation Figure 5.29 Laminate strains for material A with convex tool. The strains at the measuring points are shown by the white bars. The total strain (stota|) and the percolation strain (£pei-coiation) are also shown. The symbol ^ indicates the presence of minor defect at the corner. The strain sign is inverted so that positive indicates compression. 0.30 0.20 0.10 0.00 -0.10 • -0.20 -0.30 • -0.40 No-bleed Bleed a enl e„2 en3 en4 en5 (typ.) A Total o Percolation [90] [0] [Q] [90] • Ply orientation [Q] Figure 5.30 Laminate strains for material B with convex tool. The strains at the measuring points are shown by the white bars. The total strain (etota,) and the percolation strain (sperC0|ati0n) are also shown. The strain sign is inverted so that positive indicates compression. -169-Chapter 5 Compaction of Angle Laminates: A Numerical and Experimental Study 0.30 0.20 0.10 0.00 -0.10 -0.20 -0.30 -0.40 -0.50 No-bleed Bleed • em e„2 e„3 en4 en5 (typ.) & Total o Percolation [90] [0] [Q] [90] Ply orientation [0] [Q] Figure 5.31 Laminate strains for material A with concave tool. The strains at the measuring points are shown by the white bars. The total strain (£tota|) and the percolation strain (eperco|ation) are also shown. The symbols ^ and ^ ^ indicate the presence of minor and major defects at the corner respectively. The strain sign is inverted so that positive indicates compression. 0.30 0.20 0.10 0.00 -0.10 -0.20 -0.30 -0.40 No-bleed Bleed •e„i e„2 e„3 en4 en5 (typ.) & Total o Percolation [90] [0] [Q] [90] Ply orientation [0] [Q] Figure 5.32 Laminate strains for material B with concave tool. The strains at the measuring points are shown by the white bars. The total strain (£totai) ai,d the percolation strain (£percoiation) are a'so shown. The symbols * and * • indicate the presence of minor and major defects at the corner respectively. The strain sign is inverted so that positive indicates compression. -170-Chapter 5 Compaction of Angle Laminates: A Numerical and Experimental Study Tool assembly o Convection o Figure 5.33 Finite element mesh including the tool and the laminate used for temperature predictions. Curing time (min) • Autoclave temp. (Exp.) • Part temp. (Exp.) Autoclave temp. (COMPRO) Part temp. (COMPRO) Viscosity (Material A) Viscosity (Material B) Figure 5.34 Temperature profiles predicted by COMPRO compared to the experiments. The viscosity profiles predicted for the two materials are also shown indicating the gel time of the resin. -171-Chapter 5 Compaction of Angle Laminates: A Numerical and Experimental Study FLOW (P=PB) EZI H T Convex tool specimen FLOW (P=PB) I 1 T H R Concave tool specimen Material properties Compaction curves Material: A u=see Table B.2 K^Eqn. 2.8 k=0.7 K2=Eqn. 2.9 k'=0.2, Va'= [0°] E,=100 GPa E3=see compaction curve G13=0,5 MPa [90°| 0.81 Material: B u=see Table B.2 K,=Eqn. 2.8 k=0.7 K2=Eqn. 2.9 k'=0.2, Va'=0.68 [0°] E,=100GPa E3=see compaction curve G13=0.5 MPa [90°| £,=£3=566 compaction curve E|=E3=see compaction curve 2500 2000 « 1500 1000 500 0.05 Gl3=0.5 MPa Gl3=0,5 MPa 0.1 0.15 £3 (mm/mm) 0.2 0.25 Figure 5.35 Finite element models definition and material properties for angle laminate simulations. -172-Chapter 5 Compaction of Angle Laminates: A Numerical and Experimental Study Convex tool specimen Concave tool specimen Figure 5.36 Finite element meshes for convex tool specimens (464 elements) and concave tool specimens (448 elements). • Displacement (un) O Resin pressure L/2 Tool side Flat Convex tool specimen L/2 •! Corner ' \ Flat Tool side Concave tool specimen Figure 5.37 Location of node outputs of COMPRO simulations for the normal displacement and the resin pressure. -173-Chapter 5 Compaction of Angle Laminates: A Numerical and Experimental Study 5.50 [90] [0] [90] Ply orientation [0] • Flat (Exp.) • Corner (Exp.) :: Flat (COMPRO) 0 Corner (COMPRO) Figure 5.38 Comparison between the predicted and measured final thickness for the convex tool laminates. The top of the error bar corresponds to the initial thickness of the laminate. The symbol * indicates the presence of a minor defect at the corner. 7.00 6.50 6.00 1 5.50 I 5.00 e -t '1 4.50 H 4.00 3.50 3.00 -! Material A .1. Material B .IT; [90] [0] [90] Ply orientation [0] • Flat (Exp.) • Corner (Exp.) :: Flat (COMPRO) O Corner (COMPRO) Figure 5.39 Comparison between the predicted and measured final thickness for the concave tool laminates. The top of the error bar corresponds to the initial thickness of the laminate. The symbols * and indicate the presence of minor and major defects at the corner respectively. -174-Chapter 5 Compaction of Angle Laminates: A Numerical and Experimental Study 0.25 0.20 0.15 0.10 0.05 0.00 Material A * r Material B [90] [90] [0] Ply orientation • Flat (Exp.) ED Corner (Exp.) :: Flat (COMPRO) O Corner (COMPRO) Figure 5.40 Comparison between the experimental (stota() and predicted (sn) normal strain for convex tool laminates. The symbol * indicates the presence of a minor defect at the corner. The strain sign is inverted so that positive indicates compression. M atcris iIA * .... Materia IB * # 1 * * [90] [0] [90] [0] Ply orientation • Flat (Exp.) EJ Corner (Exp.) :: Flat (COMPRO) H Corner (COMPRO) Figure 5.41 Comparison between the experimental (stota)) and predicted (sn) normal strain for concave tool laminates. The symbols # and * # indicate the presence of minor and major defects at the corner respectively. The strain sign is inverted so that positive indicates compression. -175-Chapter 5 Compaction of Angle Laminates: A Numerical and Experimental Study Concave tool [90] Figure 5.42 Predicted deformed shape at the end of the compaction for material A laminates. The original shape of the laminate is shown by the solid line. Bag side Figure 5.43 Photograph of the edge profile of the laminates after cure for sample moulded with concave tool. The cross-sections shown are in the x-z plane (Figure 5.11 (a)). -176-Chapter 5 Compaction of Angle Laminates: A Numerical and Experimental Study 30 60 90 120 Curing time (min) 150 F 10000 I 1000 180 -Flat[0] - Corner [0] -a- Flat [90] Corner [90] Viscosity O U > Figure 5.44 Angle laminate compaction behaviour predicted by COMPRO for material A, convex tool. The viscosity profile for the resin is also shown. 0.0 -« -0.1 --0.2 --0.3 -0.4 -E E_ -0.5 -c 3 -0.6 --0.7 --0.8 --0.9 --1.0 0 10000 30 60 90 120 Curing time (min) 150 180 •Flat[0] -•-Corner [0] -a- Flat [90] -A- Corner [90] Viscosity Figure 5.45 Angle laminate compaction behaviour predicted by COMPRO for material B, convex tool. The viscosity profile for the resin is also shown. -177-Chapter 5 Compaction of Angle Laminates: A Numerical and Experimental Study 0.0 • -0.1 ---0.2 --0.3 ---0.4 -B S, -0.5 -c 3 -0.6 --0.7 --0.8 --0.9 --1.0 -30 60 90 120 Curing time (min) 150 F 10000 1000 180 o u CA •Flat[0] -•-Corner [0] •Flat [90] •Corner [90] Viscosity Figure 5.46 Angle laminate compaction behaviour predicted by COMPRO for material A, concave tool. The viscosity profile for the resin is also shown. 0.0 -0.1 -0.2 ---0.3 ---0.4 --E -0.5 --e S -0.6 ---0.7 ---0.8 ---0.9 -1.0 --0 F 10000 30 60 90 120 Curing time (min) 150 180 -Flat[0] -•- Corner [0] -a- Flat [90] Corner [90] Viscosity Figure 5.47 Angle laminate compaction behaviour predicted by COMPRO for material B, concave tool. The viscosity profile for the resin is also shown. -178-Chapter 5 Compaction of Angle Laminates: A Numerical and Experimental Study Curing time (min) Flat [0] -•- Corner [0] -a- Flat [90] Corner [90] Figure 5.48 Resin pressure variation at the tool surface (Figure 5.37) predicted by COMPRO for material A, convex tool. Figure 5.49 Resin pressure variation at the tool surface (Figure 5.37) predicted by COMPRO for material B, convex tool. -179-Chapter 5 Compaction of Angle Laminates: A Numerical and Experimental Study 600 £ 400 20 25 30 35 40 45 50 55 Curing time (min) 60 65 70 75 80 -Flat [0] -•-Corner [0] -a-Flat [90] Corner [90] Figure 5.50 Resin pressure variation at the tool surface (Figure 5.37) predicted by COMPRO for material A, concave tool. 600 , a. a. OS 35 50 65 80 95 110 125 Curing time (min) 140 155 - Flat [0] -•- Corner [0] -a- Flat [90] -*- Corner [90] Figure 5.51 Resin pressure variation at the tool surface (Figure 5.37) predicted by COMPRO for material B, concave tool. -180-Chapter 5 Compaction of Angle Laminates: A Numerical and Experimental Study Concave tool[90] Figure 5.52 Contours for the normal strain e3 at the end of compaction predicted by COMPRO for laminates with material A. -181-Chapter 5 Compaction of Angle Laminates: A Numerical and Experimental Study Compression Pressure side Pressure side Tool side Tool side Convex tool Concave tool Figure 5.53 Longitudinal and shear stresses generated by the compaction of a curvilinear fibre bed for convex and concave tool configurations. The original shape is shown by the dotted lines. The fibres are oriented along s and are assumed to be very stiff in that direction. 2 mm Figure 5.54 Photograph of a wrinkle at the corner of a [0] lay-up with material A on a convex tool. The fibres are bridging at the corner creating voids (dark lines). -182-Chapter 5 Compaction of Angle Laminates: A Numerical and Experimental Study sp>st —> a*>a Convex tool sp<st -» a*<rj Concave tool Figure 5.55 Reaction stress at the corner (rj*) for the different tool configuration, convex and concave, a is the applied pressure, sp is the surface exposed to the pressure and st is the surface exposed to the tool. -183-Chapter 5 Compaction of Angle Laminates: A Numerical and Experimental Study Convex tool [90] 2e-6 m/s 3> 2e-6 m/s Concave tool [0] Concave tool [90] Figure 5.56 Resin velocity vector plot predicted by COMPRO during the compaction of the laminates at t=50 minutes for material A. -184-Chapter 5 Compaction of Angle Laminates: A Numerical and Experimental Study 58 273 182 91 Concave tool [0] 178 89 Concave tool [90] Figure 5.57 Resin pressure (kPa) contours predicted by COMPRO during the compaction of the laminates at t=50 minutes for material A. -185-Chapter 5 Compaction of Angle Laminates: A Numerical and Experimental Study Concave tool [0] —0.58. Concave tool [90] Figure 5.58 Fibre volume fraction contours predicted by COMPRO during the compaction of the laminates at t=50 minutes for material A. -186-Chapter 5 Compaction of Angle Laminates: A Numerical and Experimental Study Figure 5.59 Photograph of a wrinkle at the corner of a [90] lay-up with material A on concave tool. The bag wedged the laminate at the corner. The bleeder stayed included in the laminate as shown. -187-Chapter 6 Aspects of Shear Flow and the Interaction with Percolation Flow The study of the compaction of angle laminates presented in Chapter 5 shows that part of the local deformation of the laminate at the corner is caused by shear flow. This behaviour is mainly observed when the fibres are oriented in the direction perpendicular to the flow direction (i.e [90] lay-up). In this chapter, shear flow behaviour and its interaction with percolation flow of the resin is investigated for a simple laminate geometry. In the first section, results from the direct observation of the deformation behaviour of a laminate during compaction are presented. In the following section, the analysis of results of shear flow and percolation flow for different compaction conditions is presented. 6.1 Shear flow experimental investigation The shear flow modelling is based on assumptions regarding the behaviour of the material during the flow process. The analytical approach for shear modelling was presented in Section 2.3.2.1. The composite is assumed to behave as a highly anisotropic viscous fluid with: - incompressibility and inextensibility in the fibre direction - straight fibres that remain perfectly aligned during flow. From these assumptions, the velocity components for planar flow (i.e. flow in the x-z plane) of the laminate shown in Figure 6.1 can be expressed as follows (Rogers, 1989): dv vx = -x—-, vv = 0 and vz = f(z,t) (6.1) dz y -188-Chapter 6 Aspects of Shear Flow and the Interaction with Percolation Flow where f(z,t) is a function defining the velocity variation in the laminate. For the case studied in the shear flow experiments, the fibres are all oriented in the y direction, perpendicular to the flow direction (Figure 6.1). Thus the velocity in the y direction is zero because the fibre are assumed inextensible in this direction. The function for the velocity distribution f(z,t) has the form (Rogers, 1989): where A and B are a function of time. The functions A and B are determined from the following boundary conditions: - vx=0 at x=0 - vz=0 at z=0 and vz=±dH/dt at z=±H - xxz=±axvx at z=±H where xxz is the shear stress and ax is a slip constant. The condition of the shear stress (xxz) at the boundary is to simulate the possible effect of friction at the tool-laminate interface. The slip constant (ax) is expressed as a function of the composite transverse viscosity (nT): where Xx is a slip coefficient. For the no-slip condition, A.x—»oo, for the zero friction condition, A,x=0 and for an intermediate friction condition, 0<Xx<oo. Balasubramanyam et al. (1989) gave the expression for A and B for the velocity profile function: f(z,t) = Az3 + Bz (6.2) ax - ^x^T (6.3) A = -dH/dt and B = -3AH(2/XX + H) (6.4) 2U 2(H + 3/Xx) -189-Chapter 6 Aspects of Shear Flow and the Interaction with Percolation Flow where dH/dt is the loading rate and H is defined in Figure 6.1. Using Equations 6.1-4, the longitudinal velocity (vx) profile is plotted for different boundary conditions in Figure 6.2. As seen in Figure 6.2, the boundary condition at the laminate-interface affects the velocity profile through the thickness of the laminate. A no-slip condition leads to a parabolic profile with vx=0 at the tool surface (z/H=l). A zero friction condition gives a uniform velocity distribution and in this case, the material deforms as a plug. The friction condition still results in a parabolic velocity profile but with a slip velocity at the tool-laminate interface. Therefore, the choice of proper assumptions becomes critical in any attempt to model the shear flow of composites. The present experiment is designed to observe the material deformation during the flow process. The displacement of markers embedded in the laminate are monitored during the application of a normal deformation to the specimen. From the displacement profile observed at different location in the laminate, it is possible to deduce the velocity profile. This is done by using functions having the same form as the velocity functions (Equations. 6.1 and 6.2) to fit the measured displacement. Thus, the displacements profile would have the following form: ux =-x(AV+B*), UZ = A*Z3 + B'Z (6.5) where A* and B* are constants used for the fit. The magnitude of the displacements at the boundary will indicate the presence of slippage at the tool-laminate interface. 6.1.1 Experimental procedure The test configuration for the shear flow experiment is shown in Figure 6.3. The compression load was applied by two parallel plates. A sample with the fibres oriented in the y direction is placed between two aluminium shims coated with a release agent. A teflon film is placed as -190-Chapter 6 Aspects of Shear Flow and the Interaction with Percolation Flow shown to retain any resin drops that could flow out of the laminate and cause potential damage to the testing jig. The specimen is loaded by applying a deformation in the z direction causing the material to flow in the x direction. The deformation of the material is observed from the edge of the specimen as illustrated in Figure 6.3. This is done by placing the specimen assembly in a loading jig adapted to the chamber of an environmental scanning electron microscope (ESEM). A photograph of the loading jig is shown in Figure 6.4. The specimen is compacted by two aluminium parallel plates driven by two stepper motors at a constant loading rate of about 0.4 mrn/min.. The specimen is heated1 in order to trigger resin flow. This is done by a small heater placed beneath the plates. As the composite is heated, volatiles are released by the curing reaction. Therefore, a perfect vacuum would be very difficult to obtain and the observation of the specimen could not be possible in a conventional electron microscope . However, the ESEM can work when the chamber is maintained at a weak vacuum (30 torrs). The experiments were conducted at the Electron Microscopy Center of Texas A&M University with an ElectroScan ESEM E-3 environmental scanning electron microscope. The magnification used during the test was 50X. The samples were prepared using material B. This material, in the present testing configuration, flows mainly by shear without any significant amount of percolation flow in the direction of the fibres. This is very important because the flow of resin in the y direction can cover the markers. A test temperature of 50°C was chosen to minimize percolation flow. 1 At room temperature, the composite transverse viscosity is too high. 2 A conventional electron microscope requires a high vacuum (10~5 torr). -191-Chapter 6 Aspects of Shear Flow and the Interaction with Percolation Flow Tungsten wires having a diameter of 25 jam were used for the markers. Tungsten has a much higher atomic mass than the average mass of the elements composing the composite (mainly carbon). Thus, the contrast between the markers and the composite is enhanced, particularly with the use of the backscatter electron detector. The marker diameter was chosen to avoid any major disturbance to the flow and to be easily seen in the ESEM. The markers were embedded between the prepreg plies during the lay-up. Figure 6.5 shows the location of the markers. Four samples were prepared for the experiments: two samples of 10 plies (101 and 10_2) and two of 20 plies (20_1 and 20 2). The samples were compacted before the test in a vacuum bag at 50°C for 15 minutes. This procedure removed any entrapped air bubbles in the sample and ensured that the markers were surrounded with material. Finally, the sample were trimmed to have straight edges and the viewing surface was polished3 to obtain a good image quality. The samples dimensions are presented in Table D. 1 of Appendix D. The test procedure consisted of loading the specimen in increments of plates displacement (upiate). The deformation of the specimen during the compaction was recorded on a video tape. Still images of the markers were taken before and after the load increments4. The procedure to obtain the position of the markers from the video recording and the still images is presented in detail in Appendix D. From the original position of the markers, the displacements (ux and uz) of the markers after each load increment were computed. 3 Using 600 grit polishing paper. 4 The images were taken when the compaction load stabilized to a constant value. -192-Chapter 6 Aspects of Shear Flow and the Interaction with Percolation Flow 6.1.2 Resin percolation The success of the experimental procedure relied mainly on whether the markers remained visible during the test. On average, half of the markers were covered with resin by the end of the test. However, most of the markers were still visible after the first load increment. Therefore, the specimen displacement analysis was conducted principally at this load increment (Load 1). Figure 6.6 illustrates the percolation of the resin observed at the sample surface at different load increments. The amount of resin flow at the surface increased as the specimen was loaded. During the loading of the specimen, the compaction load increased to reach a maximum (i.e. the peak load) when the loading was stopped. Then, the load relaxed and eventually stabilized to a constant value (i.e. the relaxed load). The relaxation time was about 3-4 minutes. The magnitude of the peak and relaxed load for the different loading increments is presented in Table 6.1. For an ideal fluid (as assumed by the shear flow theory), the load should relax to zero. However, for all the specimens, the relaxed load increased with the applied displacement (Upiate). The relaxed load corresponds to the elastic load carried by the fibre bed induced by the resin percolation. In general, more resin percolation is observed for thin specimens compared to thick specimens. As seen in Table 6.1, the thin specimens have higher relaxed loads compared to the thick specimens. The increase of the relaxed load with the amount of percolation clearly supports the importance of the elastic response of the fibre bed. -193-Chapter 6 Aspects of Shear Flow and the Interaction with Percolation Flow 6.1.3 Displacement profiles The deformation at the edge surface of the sample is shown in Figure 6.7. For the thin specimen, the surface was irregular and non-symmetric as seen in Figure 6.7 (a). Different conditions at the plate-tool interface for the top and bottom plates could explain this behaviour. For the thick specimen, the edge surface had a symmetric parabolic shape (Figure 6.7 (b)). The displacement profiles obtained for a thick specimen are presented in Figures 6.8-6.10. The following statements can be made for the displacement profiles: 1) The longitudinal displacement profile is parabolic as seen in Figure 6.8. 2) The longitudinal displacement increases linearly from the laminate middle (x=0) to the edge (x=L) as shown in Figure 6.9. 3) The vertical displacements are uniform along the length of the laminate as shown in Figure 6.10. In all cases, good agreement with the fit functions for ux and uz of Equation 6.5 was obtained. This confirms that the kinematic expressions developed (Equations 6.1-6.4) represent adequately the deformation of the material. 6.1.4 Condition at the plate-laminate interface The observation of the deformation of the sample at the plate interface is presented in Figure 6.11. In this figure, images from the video recording were taken at different times during the loading of the sample. The deformation of the material at the interface with the plate can be seen by following the deformation of a small patch of resin outlined on Figure 6.11. Initially, the patch had almost a regular round shape. As the specimen was loaded, the shape of the patch stretched in the flow direction. This indicates that a velocity (vx) gradient exists through the -194-Chapter 6 Aspects of Shear Flow and the Interaction with Percolation Flow sample thickness. This will cause the shearing action which is precisely the assumed deformation mode of the material. Furthermore, the point in contact with the plate translated in the direction of the flow (Figure 6.11). Thus, the material is slipping at the interface between the plate and the laminate. The velocity gradient combined with the slippage at the plate interface is only obtained with a friction condition (0<Xx<oo). The variation of displacement of the markers close to the surface of the laminate was studied during the specimen loading. The position of a surface defect of the sample at the plate-laminate interface (z/H=l) was also measured. The results for the variation of ux and u, with time are presented in Figure 6.12. The following observation can be made from this figure: During the loading: • variation of uz The marker close to the surface (z/H=0.8) and the surface defect (z/H=l) responded instantaneously with the application of the load. However, the marker located at z/H=0.5 started to move in the z direction at about 20 seconds after the application of the load. Initial compaction of the specimen explains the lag observed for this marker. • variation of ux A lag is observed for the marker at the center (z/H=0.5) which corresponds to the initial compaction of the laminate (i.e. debulking). The longitudinal displacement observed at the surface clearly indicates the presence of slippage at the plate-laminate interface. However, the lag for the surface defect indicates that in the early stage of the loading, a no-slip condition is present at the interface. -195-Chapter 6 Aspects of Shear Flow and the Interaction with Percolation Flow When the load is stopped: The normal displacement (uz) of the markers stopped instantaneously. However, the markers continued to move in the x direction before they eventually stop. This behaviour is attributed to the viscoelastic nature of the material. The variation of the longitudinal displacement (ux) profile during the loading of thin and thick specimens is presented in Figures 6.13 and 6.14. The development of a parabolic displacement profile is seen by looking at the transient position of the markers. The movement of the surface defect confirms the slippage at the plate-laminate interface. In the early stages of the loading, no-slip conditions are present5. Therefore, a critical shear stress at the boundary is clearly present at the plate-laminate interface. From the assumptions stated in Section 6.1, the following condition is present at the boundary: Txz=axvxwall (6-6) where vxwa„ is the longitudinal velocity at the plate-laminate interface. Replacing the slip constant ax in Equation 6.6 by the expression given in Equation 6.3, yields: txz = ^-xrlTvxwall (6-7) From the constitutive relations (Equation 2.23), the shear stress is related to the strain rate as follows6: 5 ux at the surface is zero at t=17 seconds (Figure 6.13) and at t=35 seconds (Figure 6.14). 6 For the fibres oriented in the y direction, a=(0,1,0) and plane-strain is assumed. -196-Chapter 6 Aspects of Shear Flow and the Interaction with Percolation Flow xxz = rlT(5vx/9z + 5vz/9x) (6-8) From the loading conditions, dvz/dx = 0, since the vertical velocity profile is uniform along the specimen (Figure 6.10). Combining Equation 6.7 and 6.8 gives a relation between <3vz/<9zand ^xwall-f3vx/az = Xxvxwall (6.9) Values for <3vz/dzand vxwan were calculated from the transient displacement of the markers shown in Figures 6.13 and 6.14. Figure 6.15 shows the variation of vxwal| and dvz/dz with time for a thin specimen. The curves have similar shapes which indicates that a linear relationship exists between the two variables. In Figure 6.16, dvz/dz is plotted against vxwall for the thin and the thick specimens. A linear regression in the data leads to a value for Xx of 4000 which corresponds to a friction condition at the plate-laminate interface (0<Xx<oo). Furthermore, the results presented in Figure 6.16 show that a critical value of strain rate, (dvz/3z)0, must be exceeded before flow occurs. In fact, this value corresponds to a critical shear stress, (xxz)0, at the plate-laminate interface (Equation 6.8). Thus below this value of (TXZ)0, no-slip conditions are essentially present at the plate-laminate interface. 6.2 Experimental investigation of flow mechanisms The objective of the flow mechanisms tests is to investigate the conditions that favor percolation or shear flow during the laminate compaction. A schematic of the setup is presented in Figure 6.17. The test configuration is identical to the compaction curve experiments presented in Section 4.2. A normal compaction load was applied to a rectangular specimen by a solid piston -197-Chapter 6 Aspects of Shear Flow and the Interaction with Percolation Flow (Figure 4.1). The in-plane transverse deformation was blocked (ey=0). In this configuration, the vertical deformation of the material (e2) imposed by the piston caused the material to flow in the longitudinal direction as illustrated in Figure 6.17. Therefore, the possible flow mechanisms corresponding to a given vertical deformation of the specimen are: 1) the resin flows in the x direction relative to the fibre bed by percolation (Figure 6.18 (a)) 2) the resin and the fibre shear together in the x direction by shear (Figure 6.18 (b)) 3) a combination of 1) and 2). In light of the above, percolation flow can be measured by the volumetric strain calculated from the resin mass loss during the test. Furthermore, shear flow can be measured by the magnitude of the longitudinal strain obtained from the change in the specimen length. The effect of a given parameter on the different flow mechanisms can be studied by comparing the magnitude of these two primary variables (i.e. volumetric strain and longitudinal strain). In the following section, details of the experimental technique and the data analysis are given. Then the results for the different testing conditions selected are presented and discussed. 6.2.1 Experimental procedure The test matrix for the experiments was determined from the parameters affecting the flow behaviour of the laminate. Among them, the fibre orientation and the resin viscosity play a significant role. The effect of fibre orientation was studied by comparing the compaction behaviour between a [0°] and a [90°] lay-up. The effect of the resin viscosity was given by comparing material A and B. The test was also conducted at two different temperatures to -198-Chapter 6 Aspects of Shear Flow and the Interaction with Percolation Flow investigate the viscosity change for one material. Table 6.2 presents the test matrix and the sample definition used. The temperatures chosen for the test were based on the flow number variation with temperature for the material studied. The flow number (FN) is proportional to the amount of resin flow possible at a given temperature and is defined as follows: FN = J*- l/u(t)dt (6.10) where tgel is the time at gelation and u.(t) is the resin viscosity change with time at a given curing temperature. Figure 6.19 compares the variation of FN with the curing temperature between material A and B. Those curves were computed from experimental viscosity variation for isothermal cures. According to Figure 6.19, the temperature of 100°C corresponds to a maximum flow number for material A and a low flow number for material B. A temperature of 140°C corresponds to the maximum flow number for material B while the flow number of material A is still very high. Thus, the test were conducted at a temperatures of 100°C and 140°C. The experimental setup used for the flow mechanism tests is shown in Figure 4.a. The specimen geometry and measurements are defined in Figure 4.6. The specimen dimensions were W0=25 mm x L0=50 mm and 8 ply thick. The samples were prepared following the same procedure used for the compaction tests (Section 4.2.2). For each condition, a minimum of three samples were tested. The specimen loading condition corresponded to a typical autoclave pressure cycle. The specimen was loaded under load control to a pressure of 700 kPa at a rate of 70 kPa/min. At the maximum load, the specimen was rapidly unloaded to stop the flow process. -199-Chapter 6 Aspects of Shear Flow and the Interaction with Percolation Flow 6.2.2 Extraction of the results The specimens were measured and weighed before and after the test. From these measurements, the specimen deformation was computed. Since the magnitude of the strains measured were important, finite strain relations were used to calculate the strains from the measured displacements. For a deformed body, the Green strain tensor e^ is defined as (e.g. Karasudhi, 1991): eij = ^[uij + ui,i+uk,iuk,j] (6.11) where i,j and k=l-3 and u is the displacements vector of the body. Using this notation, the finite strains of the specimen in the different directions can be expressed as function of the specimen dimensions: 1 ez = f T- T ^2 -l i+ w-w0 w, o ; V H o ; (6.12) (6.13) (6.14) where L', L0, W, W0, H' and H0 are the specimen dimensions defined in Figure 4.5. For the volumetric strain (ev) calculation, Equation 4.1 was used. As discussed in Section. 6.2, sv is associated with percolation flow and ex with shear flow. Therefore, these variables can be used to investigate the presence of either flow mechanisms with a good level of accuracy. -200-Chapter 6 Aspects of Shear Flow and the Interaction with Percolation Flow The contribution of each flow mechanism to the vertical deformation of the sample is more difficult to evaluate. Consider the specimen shown in Figure 6.17. The specimen volumetric strain can be expressed in term of the deformations: ~ = £ v = (ex + ey + ez) + (exey + exez + eyez) + exeyez (6-15) v0 Depending of the flow mechanism, the following assumptions can be made: Percolation flow 1) resin movement relative to the fibre bed 2) resin mass loss (Sy^O) 3) no deformation of the fibre bed in the x-y plane (ex«0 and e^O) Shear flow 1) resin and fibre bed move together 2) no resin mass loss (the material is assumed incompressible and sv=0) 3) deformation of the fibre bed in the x-y plane (ex*0 and ey*0). From these assumptions and Equation 6.15, the vertical deformation caused by a particular flow mechanism can be expressed as follows: • for vertical strains caused by percolation flow only: = (6.16) l + ey • for vertical strains caused by shear flow only: gS -(ex+ey + exey) ^ (l + ex+ey + exey) -201-Chapter 6 Aspects of Shear Flow and the Interaction with Percolation Flow Equations 6.16 and 6.17 would represent the contribution of percolation and shear flow to the vertical deformation of the specimen. For a general case, the principle of superposition cannot be applied and therefore: ez+ez*ez (6.18) where ez is the total measured vertical strain. Therefore, the deformation from the different flow mechanisms cannot be isolated. However, even if the samples were not perfectly blocked in the y direction (ey^0), the transverse in-plane deformation (ey) was very small compared to the strains in the other directions. Thus, Equations 6.16 and 6.17 can be simplified and new expressions for ezP and ezs are: e£=ev and 4=^- for ev«0 (6.19) l + ex With Equation 6.19, the contribution of the different flow mechanisms to the specimen vertical strain can be approximately determined. This approach is adequate here, since the objective of the present test was to conduct a qualitative investigation of the parameters controlling the flow mechanisms. The results from the measurements on all the specimens tested are presented in Appendix E. 6.2.3 General observations Typical samples after testing are shown in Figure 6.20. The elongation in the x direction for the [90°] specimens is clearly seen in Figure 6.20. In most cases, the fibers remain straight after the deformation of the sample. The resin flow front at the edge of the sample was non-uniform particularly for the samples having a ply orientation of [90°]. The resin flows preferentially -202-Chapter 6 Aspects of Shear Flow and the Interaction with Percolation Flow along the interface between the specimen and wall of the mould. The dimension of the sample is smaller in the y direction compared to the x direction. Therefore, if a gap exists between the sample and the mould wall, percolation flow in that gap would be preferred instead of the expected flow in the entire section. Before the test, the samples did not match exactly the width of the mould providing a small gap between the sample boundary and the mould wall. This experimental deficiency was more critical for [90°] samples, because the sample could not deform to fill the gap. Nevertheless, the experiment helped understanding the major effects influencing the flow mechanisms. 6.2.4 Percolation and shear strain analysis PS The average values for the strains (sv, ex, ey, ez and ex ) and the standard deviation are given in Table E.5 of Appendix E. The average variation of ex (shear) and sv (percolation) is presented in Figure 6.21 and the following observations can be made: • sv (percolation) 1) sv^0 for all testing conditions. 2) sv for material A is larger compared to material B. 3) An increase of temperature increases £v particularly for material B. • ex (shear) 1) ex«0 for a ply orientation of [0°]. 2) ex>0 for a ply orientation of [90°]. 3) An increase of temperature increases ex particularly for material A The ply orientation has a small effect on the magnitude of the percolation strain. However, the effect of the ply orientation on the shear strain is very important. For a [0°] orientation, the -203-Chapter 6 Aspects of Shear Flow and the Interaction with Percolation Flow presence of very stiff fibres prevent any deformation in the x direction. This result confirms the assumption of the fibres inextensibility discussed in Section 2.3.2. For a [90°] orientation, the deformation of the sample in the x direction is not prevented by the presence of the fibres. This deformation mode is known as transverse flow or squeeze flow and has been investigated mainly on thermoplastics (Section 2.3.2.1). The difference in sv observed between materials A and B can be caused by two factors. The first factor is the resin viscosity difference between material A and B. The second factor is the difference in the fibre bed compaction curve between the two materials. As seen in Figure 4.13, for a given applied pressure, the corresponding compaction strain is larger for material A. 6.2.5 Flow mechanisms contribution The contribution of percolation and shear flow on the total laminate deformation is presented in Figure 6.22. Percolation flow is the dominant mechanism with the [0°] ply orientation, while the [90°] ply orientation is characterized by the presence of percolation and shear flow. The fibre orientation in the direction of flow totally prevents the material from shearing. As expected, the magnitude of ezP for the [0°] ply orientation is a function of the fibre bed compaction curve and the resin viscosity. The difference in the fibre bed compaction curve for materials A and B (Figure 4.13) explains the difference in ezP between the two materials. Furthermore, the effect of resin viscosity is shown by increase of ezP for both materials from 100°C to 140°C (ezP increases by 13% for material A and by 87% for material B). For the [90°] lay-ups, the interaction between the two mechanisms clearly influences the P s magnitude of ez and ez . Shear flow is the dominant deformation mechanism for material B -204-Chapter 6 Aspects of Shear Flow and the Interaction with Percolation Flow which exhibit little percolation flow. However, percolation is equally or more dominant compared to shear flow for material A. The effect of temperature on shear flow is different for material A and B. For material A, an increase in temperature significantly increases the shear flow contribution as the percolation flow remains constant. However, for material B, an increase in temperature decreases the shear flow contribution while the percolation flow increases. This behaviour shows again the complex interaction between the two flow mechanisms. 6.2.6 Discussion By looking at the material properties characterizing the two flow mechanisms, it is possible to understand the interaction between them. The key material properties influencing percolation and shear flow are: • Percolation flow - resin viscosity - fibre bed permeability - fibre bed compaction curve • Shear flow - composite viscosity The resin viscosity has a more significant effect on percolation flow compared to shear flow. The resin viscosity coupled with the fibre bed permeability are the key material properties controlling the percolation flow of the composite. The fibre bed elastic behaviour is important for the interaction between the two flow mechanisms. As seen in Equation 2.24, the total stress applied to the sample is divided into -205-Chapter 6 Aspects of Shear Flow and the Interaction with Percolation Flow reaction stresses and stresses related to the material deformation and the composite viscosity. Percolation flow introduces an elastic component to the stress tensor, which must be included in the stress equilibrium equation. As discussed in Section 4.4.2.1, viscous effects are dominant in the initial stage of laminate compaction,. Thus, it is at this stage that the shear flow mechanism would more likely occur since the elastic stresses transferred to the fibres are very small. For a material with a low viscosity resin (material A), the load is rapidly carried by the fibre bed giving little time for the shear flow to occur. However, for a material with a high resin viscosity (material B), percolation is very slow allowing more time for the material to shear. The composite viscosity is a function of the resin viscosity and the fibre volume fraction (Equation 2.26). If the fibre volume fraction of the composite increases (i.e. due to percolation flow), the composite viscosity increases accordingly. This effect explains the decrease in the shear flow magnitude when the percolation flow increases. It is clear that there is a continuous competition between the two flow mechanisms at all times during the compaction of the laminate. 6.2.7 Flow mechanism map The concept of processing maps is presented in Ashby (1992). These maps are a very useful method of presenting information, identifying the different mechanisms and their interaction for a given problem. For the testing geometry considered in these experiments, a schematic flow mechanism map is presented in Figure 6.23. For this map, the parameters are the resin viscosity -206-Chapter 6 Aspects of Shear Flow and the Interaction with Percolation Flow and the laminate elastic modulus7 in the direction of flow. The zones indicate the dominant flow mechanisms observed during the experiment. The map presented is a qualitative representation of the observed flow behaviour. At low resin viscosity, percolation is dominant, while at high viscosity, shear flow more likely occurs when the fibres are oriented in the transverse direction. It is important to note that this map was constructed based on tests at [0°] and [90°] orientations. Thus, point I assumes that at a certain intermediate fibre orientation, shear flow become significant compared to no-flow and percolation flow conditions. 6.3 Summary Shear flow experiments • The displacement profiles obtained from the position of the markers are in good agreement with the kinematic relations assumed by a shear flow modelling approach. • The analysis of the transient displacement profiles indicates that friction is present at the plate-laminate interface after a critical shear stress at the interface is exceeded. Prior to that critical shear stress, no-slip condition is present. • Observations of the sample surfaces during loading indicates the presence of resin percolation at a local level. The non-zero residual load measured after each loading increments is attributed to the elastic response of the fibre bed. 7 This parameter is influenced by the laminate lay-up (i.e. the fibre orientation). -207-Chapter 6 Aspects of Shear Flow and the Interaction with Percolation Flow Flow mechanisms experiments • An interaction exists between percolation and shear flow which depends on the state of the material (i.e. resin viscosity, fibre orientation and fibre bed elastic stresses). • For the test configuration chosen, the resin viscosity is the major parameter influencing percolation flow. • For the test configuration chosen, the fibre orientation is the principal factor influencing shear flow. -208-Chapter 6 Aspects of Shear Flow and the Interaction with Percolation Flow 6.4 Tables Table 6.1 Shear flow experiments loading increments (up|ate) with corresponding peak and relaxed load. The peak load corresponds to the load measured as the loading is stopped. The relaxed load corresponds to the stable load measured after the load is stopped. Load step Uplate Peak load Relaxed load (mm) (N) (N) Thin sample (10_2) 1 0.17 89 23 2 0.36 178 66 3 0.43 298 169 Thick sample (20_2) 1 0.27 32 18 2 0.48 67 39 3 0.66 94 63 Table 6.2 Flow mechanisms test matrix and sample definition. The variable n corresponds to the specimen number tested in the condition specified. Fibre orientation 100°C 140°C Material A B Material A B [0°] 4A0n 4B0n 5A0n 5B0n [90°] 4A90n 4B90n 5A90n 5b90n -209-Chapter 6 Aspects of Shear Flow and the Interaction with Percolation Flow 6.5 Figures z-+H z=-H 2H T fibre orientation (y direction) dH/dt 0S0 Flow direction 2L x=-L x=+L Figure 6.1 Dimensions and variables definition for the shear flow model. l v 0.9 0.8 0.7 0.6 0.5 0.4 0.3 0.2 4-0.1 0 . Tool-laminate interface Flow direction No-slip ^=00 -Friction 0<A,«» Laminate center Zero friction ^=0 -t-0 10 20 30 40 50 \x (|xm/s) 60 70 80 90 Figure 6.2 Effect of the tool-laminate interface boundary conditions on the predicted longitudinal velocity (vx) profile shape with Equation 6.1. -210-Chapter 6 Aspects of Shear Flow and the Interaction with Percolation Flow ESEM observation Marker Sample Applied displacement (uplate) Fibre orientation Aluminium shims Figure 6.3 Shear flow test configuration. Figure 6.4 Photograph of the loading jig for the shear flow experiments showing the principal components. -211-Chapter 6 Aspects of Shear Flow and the Interaction with Percolation Flow 2Hn o Ply n 6 O O o • o O O o • c- • -• o O o Ply 2 o X o O o Ply 1 o o O Row D Row A Row B RowC 1 2L0 ^ 1 n is the total number of ply Marker 5 Marker 4 Marker 3 Marker 2 Marker 1 Row x (mm) A 0.0 B 6.0 C 11.0 D -11.0 Marker Interface ply* 1 1-2 2-3 2 3-4 6-7 3 5-6 10-11 4 7-8 14-15 5 9-10 18-19 * values in italic are for 20 ply samples. Figure 6.5 Definition of the marker positions before the test. -212-Chapter 6 Aspects of Shear Flow and the Interaction with Percolation Flow Figure 6.6 Micrographs (50X) of sample 102 (markers 2, 3,4,5 - Row C) at different load increment, (a) no load, (b) Load 1, (c) Load 2 and (d) Load 3. The percolation of the resin becomes visible as the load applied increases. -213-Chapter 6 Aspects of Shear Flow and the Interaction with Percolation Flow Figure 6.7 Micrographs (50X) comparing the specimen edge surface profile after Load 1 for (a) thin sample 102, (b) thick sample 20_2. 2500 -2500 Mum) • Row A o Row B & RowC Eqn. 6.5 fit Figure 6.8 Markers displacement (ux) profiles of a thick sample 201, Load 1 (Rows A, B and C) compared with the displacement profile using the function for ux in Equation 6.5 to fit the experimental points. -214-Chapter 6 Aspects of Shear Flow and the Interaction with Percolation Flow 1200 2400 3600 4800 6000 7200 8400 9600 10800 12000 13200 x(nm) • z/H=0.0 o z/H=0.5 A z/H=0.9 Eqn. 6.5 fit Figure 6.9 Markers displacement (ux) profiles along the length of a thick sample 201, Load 1 (Rows A, B and C) compared with the displacement profile using the function for u„ in Equation 6.5 to fit the experimental points. 2500 -r -2500 -L ux (um) o Row A o RowB a Row C Eqn. 6.5 fit Figure 6.10 Markers displacement (uz) profiles of a thick sample 201, Load 1 (Rows A, B and C) compared with the displacement profile using the function for uz in Equation 6.5 to fit the experimental points. -215-Chapter 6 Aspects of Shear Flow and the Interaction with Percolation Flow Patch original position t=0 sec t=34 sec t=51 sec t=77 sec Unedited Edited 200um Flow direction Figure 6.11 Micrographs (50X) taken from a video recording showing the plate-laminate interface at different time intervals during Load 2 increment of sample 10_2 (Row C). Images on the left are untouched, images on the right are overlaid to illustrate the deformation of a surface patch of resin as the specimen is loaded. -216-Chapter 6 Aspects of Shear Flow and the Interaction with Percolation Flow Figure 6.12 Variation of the marker displacements (ux and with time during and after loading for sample 201, Load 1 (markers 1,2 and surface - Row C). -1200 1 A Markers - final A Markers-transient • Surface - transient Eqn. 6.5 fit Figure 6.13 Markers displacement (ux) profiles of thin sample 102, Load 1 (Row C). The final displacement profile is compared with the displacement profile using the function for ux in Equation 6.5 to fit the experimental points. The transient markers displacement are obtained from a video tape recording taken during compaction. -217-Chapter 6 Aspects of Shear Flow and the Interaction with Percolation Flow Sample surface -1500 -2000 T Sample surface -2500 Slip at plate-laminate interface 600 • Markers - final * Markers - transient • Surface - transient Eqn. 6.5 fit Figure 6.14 Markers displacement (ux) profiles of a thick sample 20_1, Load 1 (Row C). The final displacement profile is compared with the displacement profile using the function for ux in Equation 6.5 to fit the experimental points. The transient markers displacement are obtained from a video tape recording taken during compaction. 4.0E-06 T 3.5E-06 3.0E-06 2.5E-06 2.0E-06 4 1.5E-06 1.0E-06 5.0E-07 0.0E+00 4 Loading stopped 0 0.025 0.020 0.015 0.010 0.005 0.000 Figure 6.15 Variation of the slip velocity at the plate-laminate interface (Vxwan) and the shear strain rate close to the surface (dvx/dz) with time for a thin specimen (10_2). -218-Chapter 6 Aspects of Shear Flow and the Interaction with Percolation Flow Figure 6.16 Variation of the slip velocity at the plate-laminate interface (Vxwan) with the shear strain rate close to the sample surface (dvx/dz) for a thin and thick sample. The critical shear strain rate (5vx/5z)0 is shown which correspond to a critical shear stress (xxz)0 after which the sample starts to slip. Applied load Blocked and impermeable boundary Flow direction Figure 6.17 Specimen configuration for the flow mechanisms experiments. -219-Chapter 6 Aspects of Shear Flow and the Interaction with Percolation Flow (b) Figure 6.18 Possible flow mechanisms, (a) percolation and (b) shear. The initial sample dimension is indicated by the dashed line. Figure 6.19 Flow number variation with curing temperature for material A and B. -220-Chapter 6 Aspects of Shear Flow and the Interaction with Percolation Flow Material A 100°C Material B 100°C Material A 140°C Material B 140°C Ply orientation Figure 6.20 Plane view photograph of typical specimens after testing. -221-Chapter 6 Aspects of Shear Flow and the Interaction with Percolation Flow Material A 100°C Material B 100°C [0°] [90°] 0.40 0.35 0.30 0.25 0.20 0.15 0.10 0.05 0.00 ci T H Percolation 1 Ply orientation [0°] [90°] Ply orientation 0.40 0.35 0.30 0.25 0.20 0.15 0.10 0.05 0.00 - • Shear g Percolation Material A 140°C [0°] [90°] Ply orientation 0.40 -, 0.35 0.30 0.25 0.20 0.15 0.10 0.05 0.00 Materials 140°C • Shear (D Percolation [0°] [90°] Ply orientation Figure 6.21 Effect of ply orientation on ex (shear) and sv (percolation). The results shown are the average for three samples and the error bars represent the standard variation. The strain sign is inverted so that positive indicates compression. -222-Chapter 6 Aspects of Shear Flow and the Interaction with Percolation Flow Material A 100°C Material B 100°C 0.40 0.35 0.30 0.25 0.20 0.15 0.10 0.05 0.00 • Percolation ii Shear [0°] [90°] Ply orientation 0.40 -0.35 -0.30 -0.25 -0.20 -0.15 -0.10 -0.05 -0.00 -H Percolation HShear [0°] [90°] Ply orientation Material A 140°C Material B 140°C 0.40 0.35 0.30 0.25 0.20 0.15 0.10 0.05 0.00 11 Percolation • Shear [0°] [90°] Ply orientation 0.40 -0.35 -0.30 -0.25 -0.20 -I 0.15 -0.10 -0.05 -0.00 -H Percolation 11 Shear [0°] [90°] Ply orientation Figure 6.22 Effect of ply orientation on ezP (percolation) and ezs (shear). The results shown are the average of three samples. The strain sign is inverted so that positive indicates compression. The strains are added to obtain the total strain of the sample ez. -223-Chapter 6 Aspects of Shear Flow and the Interaction with Percolation Flow Figure 6.23 Flow mechanisms map for a uniaxial loading condition. The range of viscosity and laminate elastic modulus (Ex) in the flow direction for material A and B is shown as a reference. For [0°] and [90°], the fibres are oriented in the x and y direction respectively. -224-Chapter 7 Conclusions and Further Work The main objective of this work was to investigate the flow and compaction of complex shape laminates. To achieve this objective, the work was subdivided into numerical and experimental investigations. Two second generation composite prepregs with significant rheological differences were studied. The following conclusions can be drawn from this work: 1) A 2-D flow-compaction finite element model has been developed A flow-compaction model was developed based on the effective stress formulation coupled with a percolation flow approach. The flow-compaction model was integrated in a general process model where other physical issues involved during composites processing such as heat transfer and cure kinetics were implemented. The current formulation successfully describes the compaction behaviour of complex shape laminates caused by resin percolation. 2) A new method to measure the fibre bed compaction curve has been developed Accurate measurements of the fibre bed compaction curve are essential for any attempt to predict the final thickness of the laminate. A direct, accurate and quick method has been developed to obtain the fibre bed compaction curve without disturbing the fibre arrangement. 3) The fibre bed shear response controls the compaction of curved laminates The fibre bed shear response has a significant effect on the compaction of curved laminates. This parameter of the constitutive law controls the ability of the fibres to slide in order to conform to a curved shape. -225-Chapter 7 Conclusions and Further Work 4) The compaction of curved laminates involves percolation and shear flow The curved laminate deformation is a combination of percolation and shear flow. The large deformations observed at the corner of the [90°] lay-up are caused by shear flow. The presence of fibres oriented in other directions such as [0°] or [±45 °] prevents local deformation at the corner. The interaction between percolation and shear flow depends on the relationship between the material properties and the stress distribution in the laminate. Furthermore, the resin viscosity is the major parameter controlling percolation flow. For shear flow, the fibre orientation is the dominant parameter controlling the laminate deformation. 5) Direct observations of shear flow have been conducted The observations of the displacement of markers embedded in a laminate are consistent with the functions used in the shear flow theory. Thus the assumed kinematic relations correctly describe the deformation of the material. Moreover, friction exists at the plate-laminate interface above a critical stress at the interface. The interaction between the part and the tool is a major source of the development of residual stresses during cure. 7.1 Further work A significant advance would be to upgrade the flow-compaction model with a better description of shear flow. In the current constitutive law, the shear deformation behaviour is purely elastic. A solution would be to consider shear deformation as plastic flow which involves plastic deformation of the material. Thus the work would consist of developing a constitutive law that incorporates the plastic behaviour of the material. Furthermore, using an incremental solution method, one would update the mesh after each time step to take into account the permanent -226-Chapter 7 Conclusions and Further Work deformation of the material. This would solve one of the problems with the current method of solution where the small strain approach is used. The use of embedded markers to monitor the laminate deformation was very useful and provided valuable information. It would be very useful to apply this technique to study the compaction of curved laminates. Thus a special compaction fixture could be designed to load the specimen while the movement of the markers are observed at the corner. 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The derivation of the composite continuity equation is first presented in Section A.l followed by the development of the Galerkin residual equations in Section A.2. Then, the shape functions used and their derivatives are presented in Section A.3. The numerical integration method used and the computation of the element load vector is presented in Section A.4. The element fibre bed properties (i.e. permeability and elastic modulus) calculations are discussed in Section A. 5. Finally, details on the computation of the state variables are presented in Section A.6. A.1 Composite continuity equation For a given representative element containing fibres and resin, the conservation of mass has to be satisfied. The mass conservation relations for each of the composite constituents can be written: • The mass conservation for the fibres is: (PF(1-+K),+^~P^ = 0 (A.l) where pF is the fibre density, § is the fibre bed porosity and ui is the fibre bed velocity. Performing the time and spatial derivatives, Equation A.l is reduced to: uu (1 - <>) + (pF (1 - 40). ^ _ <j> + fiz*) pp = o (A.2) PF PF -234-Appendix A Flow-Compaction Model Details • The mass conservation for the resin is: (MuRi)i+^ = o (A.3) where uRi is the resin velocity. Equation A.3 can be reduced to: ^/MPR^ — + <)> + — PR=0 ' PR PR (A.4) To obtain the mass conservation for an element of the composite, Equations A.2 and A.4 are combined: K (!-•) + (pF(l - 40), ^ - (j) + ^ pF + uRi.+ + (pR4>). ^ + (j) + ±- pR = 0 (A.5) ' PF PF ' ' PR PR The resin velocity can be expressed in terms of the Darcy's velocity (the resin velocity relative to the fibre bed) using the following relation: 4» (A.6) where Vj is the relative velocity between the fibres and the resin. Substituting Equation A.6 in Equation A.5 the continuity equation becomes: PF ' PF V<tVi PR V* J PR PR Equation A.7 can be simplified by assuming that the fibres and the resin are incompressible: (pR). =0 and pR=0 (pF) =0 and pF = 0 (A.8) -235-Appendix A Flow-Compaction Model Details With the assumptions of Equation A.8, Equation A.7 simplifies to: 4> $ = 0 (A.9) v T y Assuming spatial variation of the porosity to be negligible ((j^j-O), the continuity equation becomes: O^i+^i),^0 (A-10) A.2 Residual equations development This section presents the details of the integration of the residual equations. • Stress equilibrium The Galerkin residual equation for the stress equilibrium relation (Equations 3.13 and 3.14) is: J((aij-6ijP). + Fi)WkdQ = 0 (A.11) n Equation A.l 1 is rearranged as follows: J osjWkdQ - JWkdQ = - J FjWkdQ (A. 12) The first term of the LHS1 of Equation A. 12 can be rewritten as: Jo^dQ = Jfow^dD - JagWk jdfl (A.13) 1 Left Hand Side -236-Appendix A Flow-Compaction Model Details 2 Applying Green's theorem, the first integral of the RHS of Equation A. 13 becomes: J(a1JWk).dC. = J(aijnJ)Wkdr (A.14) n ' r where nj is the unit normal vector to the boundary of the domain T. The second term of the LHS of Equation A. 12 can be rewritten as: j(8aP) WkdQ = | (§ijPWk) dQ - J8sPWkjdfl (A. 15) n n n After applying Green's theorem, the first integral of the RHS of Equation A. 15 becomes: J(8,jPWk) .dQ = jS^W.dr (A.16) n ' r Replacing the LHS terms of Equation A.12 with Equations A.13-16, the stress equilibrium residual equation becomes: J^Wk/Q-j5ijPWk/Q = JFiWkdQ + J(aijnj)Wkdr-j5ijPnjWkdr (A.17) n n n r r The two boundary integrals of Equation A. 17 are combined together: JainWkdr = J(ajJnJ)Wkdr-j5ijPnJWkdr (A.18) r r r where a" is the applied traction normal to the boundary of the domain defined as: G:=dlinr6..Pni (A. 19) 2 Right Hand Side -237-Appendix A Flow-Compaction Model Details Substituting Equation A. 18 in Equation A. 17, the residual equation for the stress equilibrium simplifies to: | ^WkjdQ - |5ijPWkjdQ = J FiWkdQ + J a;n Wkdr (A.20) Continuity The Galerkin residual equation for the continuity (Equations 3.13 and 3.15) is: -(uOi+p(P + pRgh). WkdQ = 0 (A.21) Equation A.21 can be rearranged as follows: -J(ui).WkdQ + Jp(P + pRgh). WkdQ = 0 (A.22) The second term of the LHS of Equation A.22 can be written as: jf— (P + PRghJjl WkdQ = jf^(P + pRgh).Wkl dQ-J^(P + pRgh).WkiidQ (A.23) After applying Green's theorem, the first integral of the RHS of Equation A.23 becomes: jp(p+pRgh).wkl dQ = J^(p+pRgh)jn,wkdr (A.24) Replacing the LHS terms of Equation A.21 with Equations A.23-24, the continuity residual equation becomes: -J(u1).WkdQ-J^(P + pRgh)jWkidQ = -J^(P + pRgh)jniWkdr (A.25) n n M- r r4--238-Appendix A Flow-Compaction Model Details The pressure head component in the second term of the LHS of Equation A.25 can be extracted, thus: - j (u,). WkdQ -1 ^ P. Wk ;dQ = J 5s. (pRgh). WkidQ-J^(P + pRgh). n, WkdT Furthermore, the boundary integral of Equation A.26 can be written as follows: K, (A.26) J^(P + pRgh) .niwkdr = JqnWkdr r M- r (A.27) where qn is the applied flux normal to the boundary of the domain. Substituting Equation A.27 in Equation A.26, the residual equation for the continuity simplifies to: -J(us), Wkdfi - J 5lL p.WkJdQ = J^(pRgh) . Wk .dfl - JqnWkdr (A.28) n n r1 n H- r A.3 Element shape functions and their derivatives The element used is a plane bilinear isoparametric element shown in Figure A. 1. For this type of element, the shape functions are (Cook et al, 1989): N = X(IHXI-TI) X (1-4X1 +1) (A.29) where £ and r| are the natural coordinates defined in Figure A. 1. The derivatives of the shape functions in the \, r\ coordinate system are: -239-Appendix A Flow-Compaction Model Details N, -X(i--n)" X(l-r|) X(l + Tl) and N „ = (A.30) To obtain the shape function derivatives in the real coordinate system (x-z) the following relation is used: N. (A.31) where J is the Jacobian matrix defines as: J = i=l,4 i=l,4 ,i=l,4 i=l,4 (A.32) with Xj and Zj representing the nodal coordinates of the element. The matrices B and G containing the shape functions derivatives in the system of residual equations (Equations 3.24-3.29) are defined as follows: B = N.,x 0 N2,x 0 N3,x 0 N4,x 0 0 N.,z 0 N2,z 0 N3,z 0 N4,z N.,x N2,z N2,x N3,z N3,x N4,z N4,x (A.33) and G = ^l,x ^2,x ^3,x -^4,x N N N N /M.z iN2,z iN3,z iN4,z (A.34) The Kronecker vector 8 is defined as follows: -240-Appendix A Flow-Compaction Model Details 5 = (A.35) A.4 Element spatial integration and load vector calculation The element spatial integration is applied to the domain and the boundary integrals. Both are solved numerically using the Gaussian quadrature technique. The integrals in Equations 3.24-3.29 are expressed in a general form. The present problem is solved in the x-z plane and the integrals can be rewritten as: Jf(Q) dQ = Ijji^pld^ (A.36) n I I X where | J| is the determinant of the Jacobian matrix. For each element, the matrices S, L, L and H are evaluated using Gaussian quadrature. The integrals are solved as follows: J* J,fU,ri)|J|dyT1 = 2:ZfUk,r,I)|J|wkw1 (A.37) k=l 1=1 where k and 1 are integrating Gauss points, wk and W| are Gauss point weights and t,k and n, are the coordinates of the Gauss points. The number of Gauss points used depends on the type of element. For a bilinear element, four Gauss points are required and they are located as shown in Figure A.l. The Gauss point locations are at c^ = ±l/V3and r| = ±l/V3and the weights are w=1.0 (Cooketal., 1989). The relation presented in Equation A.37 is also used to evaluate the body load integrals in Fs and Fp (Equations 3.28 and 3.29). The composite body load integral in Equation 3.28 is given by: -241-Appendix A Flow-Compaction Model Details JN TFgdQ (A.38) Q where Fg is a vector representing the gravity forces acting over a unit volume of the composite element. Since gravity acts in the z direction only, the term F8 is given by: where gz is the gravitational acceleration and pc is the density of the composite. The integration of Equation A.38 over an element is equivalent to distributing the body load of the element to its nodes. The matrix containing the pressure head in Equation 3.29 can be expressed by: where h is the z coordinate at the element nodes above a reference line or datum (Figure A.2). The boundary integrals in Equations 3.28 and 3.29 contain non-essential boundary conditions: external traction a" and external mass flux or resin flux qn. The applied consistent force is simply divided equally between the two nodes defining the boundary (Figure A.2). This force is calculated by multiplying the element face stress by the length of the element edge on which the stress acts. The mass flux at a boundary is naturally set to zero (i.e. for the cases studied, no prescribed resin fluxes are applied at the boundary of the domain and qn=0). The only situation when resin is flowing through a boundary is when a set resin pressure is applied at the boundary (i.e. free flow boundary condition). F§ = 0 (A.39) Pcgz (A.40) -242-Appendix A Flow-Compaction Model Details A.5 Element fibre bed properties calculation The fibre bed properties are calculated in the element coordinate system (x', z') defined in Figure A.3. Then, the properties are transformed to the global coordinate system (x, z). First, the fibre bed permeability matrix (K) computation is presented followed by the fibre bed tangent modulus matrix calculation (DT). A.5.1 Fibre bed permeability matrix The permeability matrix is obtained from the fibre volume fraction calculated at a Gauss point. The permeability in the z' direction is directly obtained from the ply transverse permeability K2. The permeability in the x' direction is obtained by a weighted average technique from the ply permeabilities K, and K2, and the ply orientation 9. The following procedure is used: • At a given Gauss point 1. Calculate fibre volume fraction (Vf) (Section A.6.2). 2. Calculate K] and K2 for each ply of the element using a given permeability model. 3. Calculate K'x- for each ply using the relation: 1 _ cos2 8; sin2 8; + (A.41) 4. Calculate the element longitudinal permeability Kex- with: K! Ae i=l (A.42) where Ae is the element area and Aj is the ply area within the element. -243-Appendix A Flow-Compaction Model Details 5. Calculate the element transverse permeability Kez- as follows: (A.43) 6. Build the element permeability matrix in the local element coordinate system (x',z') as follows: Kx. 0 0 K£ (A.44) 7. Transform the element permeability matrix to the global coordinate system with: K = TTKeT (A.45) where T = cos p sin p - sin p cos P (A.46) and p is the angle between the local and global coordinate system (Figure A.3). A.5.2 Fibre bed tangent modulus matrix The tangent modulus matrix is obtained from the strains calculated at a Gauss point. The constitutive law used to compute the tangent modulus matrix was introduced in Section 3.2.4. The tangent modulus matrix is written as follows: E, 0 0 E, 0 0 0 0 G, (A.47) where the input properties are the fibre bed: - longitudinal elastic modulus, E] -244-Appendix A Flow-Compaction Model Details - transverse elastic modulus E3 in compression calculated from the fibre bed compaction curve - transverse elastic modulus E3' in tension - shear modulus G13 The variation of G3 versus e3 is non-linear (Figure A.4). Therefore, Dx has to be updated during the solution based on the actual fibre strain because E3 is not constant. The non-linear relationship between a3 and s3 is present when the fibre bed is in compression, thus E3=f(s3) if £3<0. If the fibre bed is in tension, the fibre bed transverse modulus is assumed constant, thus E3=cte if e3>0. The procedure to calculate the tangent modulus matrix is the following: • At a given Gauss point 1. Calculate strain vector C from the element nodal displacements using Equation 3.20. 2. Transform 8 to the local coordinate system of the element to get SE (Equation A. 5 8). 3. Extract the transverse strain s3'. 4. If e3' is in tension then E3=E3' 5. If s3" is in compression then calculate the slope of the compaction curve as illustrated in Figure A.4 to obtain E3. 6. Build the element tangent modulus matrix in the local element coordinate system (x',z') as follows: E 0 0 0 E 0 (A.48) 0 0 G 13 -245-Appendix A Flow-Compaction Model Details 7. Transform DXE to the global coordinate system with: DT=TETD^TE (A.49) where 7 o cos (3 sin (5 2 2 sin (3 cos P -2 cos p sin p 2 cos P sin p 2 2 cos p-sin p cos p sin p -cospsinp (A.50) and p is the angle between the local and global coordinate system (Figure A.3). A. 6 Element state variables computation The element state variables are calculated during the iterative solution loop or at the end of the solution when the problem has converged. During the iterative solution, the element effective stresses are computed at the integration Gauss points for the calculation of the element internal load vector (Equation 3.39). When the problem has converged, the fibre bed effective stresses, the element strains, the element fibre volume fraction and the resin velocity are calculated at the centroid of the element. Finally, the total laminate mass loss is calculated. A.6.1 Fibre bed effective stresses and element strains The element strains are calculated from the nodal displacements of the element at a given time during the solution. From the strains calculated, the effective stresses are computed based on the fibre bed constitutive law. The element strains and effective stresses are computed according the following procedure: -246-Appendix A Flow-Compaction Model Details • At a given Gauss point 1. Calculate strain vector £ from the element nodal displacements using Equation 3.20. 2. Transform S to the local coordinate system of the element to get Se (Equation A.58). 3. Calculate element effective stresses based on the fibre bed constitutive law: a) Calculate oY using a/ =E1s11 b) Calculate a 13' using a13' =G13y131 c) If s3' is in tension then a3'=E3te31 d) If s3' is in compression a3' is obtained from the compaction curve as illustrated in 4. Transform ae to global coordinate to obtain a (Equation A.59). A.6.2 Fibre volume fraction The element fibre volume fraction is computed from the element strains. The fibre volume fraction is defined as: where vf and vc are respectively the volume of fibre and the volume of the composite. The fibre volume is assumed to remain constant in the element. Therefore the volume of fibres for a given element is expressed as: Figure A.4. V, = (A.51) vf = Vfovco = cte (A.52) -247-Appendix A Flow-Compaction Model Details where Vffl is the initial fibre volume fraction and vc0 is the initial volume of the element. At a given time during the solution, the element volumetric strain is defined as: Ev=^ = ^^ (A.53) Replacing vc (Equation A.53) and vf (Equation A.52) in Equation A.51, the relation for the fibre volume fraction is obtained as function of the element volumetric strain as: Vf=-^a- (A.54) sv +1 The element fibre volume fraction is computed as followed: • At a given Gauss point 1. Calculate strain vector 8 from the element nodal displacements using Equation 3.20. 2. Calculate the volumetric strain using: sv=sx+sz (A.55) 3. Calculate the fibre volume fraction using Equation A.54. A.6.3 Resin velocity The resin velocity v is computed at the centroid of the element using the following relation: v = — Gap (A.56) -248-Appendix A Flow-Compaction Model Details p where a is the pressure at nodes of the element and G is defined from Equation A.34. The resin velocity is a vector having a component in the x and z directions. The following procedure is used to calculate the resin velocity: • At the centroid of the element 1. Get element pressure at node aP. 2. Calculate element permeability (Section A.5.1). 3. Get the element resin viscosity. 4. Compute v using Equation A.56. A.6.4 Laminate mass loss The laminate mass loss is computed from the element volumetric strains. This assumption is valid for a fully saturated porous medium. Any volumetric strains are caused by a resin volume loss. The total mass loss of the laminate is calculated by doing the summation of the mass loss for all the element forming the laminate: where sve is the element volumetric strain calculated at the element centroid (Equation A. 5 5), pRe is the resin density at the element and Ae is the element area. A.6.5 Stresses and strains coordinate transformation The element effective stresses and strains are transformed from the local (x',z') to global (x,z) coordinate system and vise versa (see Figure A.3). The following transformation are used: (A.57) -249-Appendix A Flow-Compaction Model Details • from global to local 8e=Te S and ae =Te"T a with setting (3=+p to define Te (Equation A.50) (A.58) • from local to global 8=Te 8e and a =Te T cre with setting (3=-(3 to define Te (Equation A.50) (A.59) -250-Appendix A Flow-Compaction Model Details A. 7 Figures z 4 (Xi,Z,) X Figure A.l Bilinear quadrilateral element: isoparametric transformation and Gauss points location. Figure A.2 Computation of equivalent nodal load vectors due to the applied external pressure. -251-Appendix A Flow-Compaction Model Details General view z" X Plane view Figure A.3 Element coordinate system. -252-Appendix A Flow-Compaction Model Details Figure A.4 Tangent modulus and effective stress calculation from the fibre bed compaction curve. -253-Appendix B Material Properties and Characterization This appendix presents the cure kinetics models (Section B.l), the viscosity models (Section B.2) and the fibre bed permeability models (Section B.3) used for the materials studied. The results from the load-unload method used to measure the fibre bed compaction curve are presented in Section B.4. B.1 Resin cure kinetics The resin degree of cure and the temperature are the two state variables that fully describe the resin state at any time during the curing process. The cure kinetics model predicts the rate of cure of the resin as a function of time and temperature. The determination of the cure kinetics constants for the model requires a series of DSC (Dynamic Scanning Calorimetry) runs at constant or variable temperature (i.e. isothermal or dynamic runs). From the measured variation of the heat generated during curing, the rate of cure is calculated as follows: da = dq/dt dt Hr • { • ) where dq/dt is the rate of heat generation and Hr is the total heat of reaction for a complete cure. The resin degree of cure is then calculated by integrating Equation B.l with respect to time. The choice for a particular cure kinetics equation depends on the type of the curing reaction of the resin studied. The accuracy of the prediction of resin dependent properties such as viscosity is strongly related to the accuracy of the cure kinetics model. -254-Appendix B Material Properties and Characterization The cure kinetics equation for 3501-6 (i.e. resin in material A) was obtained from Lee et al. (1982). This resin has two different reactions occurring during the cure. Therefore, two different equations are used to describe the curing behaviour of this resin: da dt" da = (C, + C2a)(l - a)(B - a) a < 0.3 (B.2) = C,(l-a) a>0.3 dt 3V ' where C, = A,e -AE./RT -AE2/RT C2 = A2e-flt2/K1 (B.3) C3 = A3e -AE3/RT Ai, A2, A3 are coefficients, AEb AE2, AE3 are the reaction activation energies, R is the universal gas constant, T is the temperature and B is a constant. The values of the model constants for 3501-6 are presented in Table B.l and were obtained by a non-linear least-squares curve fit to the da/dt versus a relation obtained from Equation B.l. The cure kinetics equation for 8552 resin was obtained from Johnston and Hubert (1995). The curing process of this resin can be described by a single modified autocatalytic equation: da_Ae-E^RTam(l-a)n (B 4) DT ^1+eC(a-(aco+acrT))j where Ea is the activation energy, T the temperature and m, n, A, C, aco and aCT are experimentally determined constants. The standard autocatalytic equation was modified to take into account the decrease in the curing rate at high degrees of cure. This phenomenon is attributed to the change of the rate controlling mechanism from kinetics to diffusion, and occurs -255-Appendix B Material Properties and Characterization as the resin glass transition temperature approaches the cure temperature. The value of the model constants for 8552 are presented in Table B.l and were obtained using a weighted least-squares curve fit to the doc/dt versus a relation obtained from Equation B.4. The model is in good agreement with the experimental data within the temperature range found in typical processing conditions (Johnston and Hubert, 1995). The determination of the resin degree of cure (a) consists of integrating Equation B.2 or B.4 with respect to time. In the present model, this task is performed by the thermochemical module as described in Section 3.1. The initial degree of cure, a0, has to be provided for the determination of a at a given time and temperature. For material A, a value of a0=0.01 was arbitrarily chosen. Since material B was slightly more advanced in cure (Section 4.1), a value of a0=0.06 was selected. B.2 Resin viscosity The resin viscosity is an essential material property for the flow model. As seen in Section 2.1, the resin viscosity can be determined by empirical equations assuming that the resin temperature and degree of cure are known at any time during the curing process. To determine the constants for the viscosity models, the viscosity of the resin is measured at different curing stages. This is commonly done with an oscillatory rotational rheometer. With this apparatus, the resin sample is sheared in torsion between two parallel discs (Figure B.l). The torque T(t) applied to the specimen and the resulting angular displacement 9(t) are monitored. The resin viscosity is approximated as the complex viscosity r|*(co) defined by (Collyer and Clegg, 1988): -256-Appendix B Material Properties and Characterization *(©) = -Y *(<*>) (B.5) where a* is the complex stress, y*(co) is the complex strain rate and co is the oscillations frequency. The complex stress is calculated from the applied torque and the sample geometry. The complex strain rate is obtained from the angular displacement, the oscillations frequency and the sample geometry. The use of complex functions for n, a and y is more convenient when dealing with harmonic functions. The real and imaginary parts of the complex functions are associated to the elastic and viscous behaviour of the material respectively. In its fluid phase, the resin response is dominated by viscous behaviour. Thus, the resin viscosity correspond mainly to the imaginary part of the complex viscosity (i.e. u.«n", for n"»n' where n' and n" are respectively the real and imaginary part of n*). For low shear rates, the viscosity obtained from a oscillatory test can be approximated as the Newtonian fluid viscosity or steady state viscosity (Dealy and Wissbrun, 1990). B.2.1 Viscosity model for 3501-6 resin A viscosity model for 3501-6 resin was proposed by Lee et al. (1982): where u^, U and K are experimentally determined constants and T, a and R are respectively the temperature, the degree of cure and the universal gas constant. Equation B.6 is an Arrhenius type relation activated by temperature and degree of cure. The viscosity predictions from this model were compared with dynamic cure data provided by Hercules Advanced Materials & Systems Co. (Figure B.2). The model fails to predict the viscosity behaviour at temperatures below u, = p.x exp(U / RT)exp(ica) (B.6) -257-Appendix B Material Properties and Characterization 100°C. This suggests that the constants used by Lee do not describe adequately the temperature-viscosity relationship. Using the experimental data from Figure B.2, a new set of constants for Equation B.6 were computed. Equation B.6 can be rewritten as follows: lnu^lnu^+U/RT + Ka (B.7) For small values of a, in the early stages of the curing, the relation between lnu. and 1/T is linear and the constant U can be determined. This constant represent the temperature effect on the viscosity change and is referred to as the activation energy for the temperature. A plot of lnu. versus 1/T is presented in Figure B.3 for the experimental results of Figure B.2 for a range of temperatures from 50°C to 90°C. At this stage, the resin degree of cure is still relatively low (a<0.03). From a linear regression analysis of the data in Figure B.3, a value of the activation energy, U=l 14477 J/mol, is extracted. Since the value of U is changed from U=90800 J/mol (Lee et al., 1982) to U=l 14477 J/mol, new values for the other constants have to be determined. From a best fit to the results of Figure B.2, a new set of constants for Equation B.6 was determined and are listed in Table B.2. As shown in Figure B.2, the viscosity model with the new set of constant is in better agreement with the experimental data over the entire temperature range. However, the present model constants predicts a lower minimum viscosity for the run at 5°C/min. In a typical autoclave cure, the heating rates rarely exceed 4°C/min. Therefore, it is expected that the viscosity model predictions will be acceptable for most real processing conditions. -258-Appendix B Material Properties and Characterization B.2.2 Viscosity model for 8552 resin No viscosity model data was available from the literature for Hercules 8552 resin. Therefore, tests were performed to measure the viscosity for this resin and an empirical model was used to fit the data. B.2.2.1 Testing procedure The neat resin was supplied to The Boeing Company, by Hercules Advanced Materials & Systems Company. All the experiments were conducted at the Boeing Material Technology Laboratory in Seattle, WA. A Rheometric RMS-800 parallel plate rheometer was used to measure the neat resin viscosity. The viscosity model constants were determined by a series of isothermal cure runs. A series of dynamic cures and a typical cure cycle run were conducted to validate the viscosity model. Table B.3 lists the different runs for this set of experiments. The samples were sheared between two 50 mm parallel discs. A dynamic or sinusoidal wave torque signal was applied to the sample. The frequency of the signal was 10 rad/s at a maximum shear strain of 25%. The gap between the plates was about 0.6 mm and was measured precisely for each sample before the test. The following experimental procedure was typically followed: 1. New disks were installed on the apparatus 2. The disks were heated to the initial target temperature 3. The resin sample was poured between the disks 4. The disks were then brought together until a small compression load was measured 5. The sample was heated to the initial target temperature (this step took about five minutes) 6. The test was started 7. The test was stopped when the resin reached its gel point or if the test lasted more than two hours. -259-Appendix B Material Properties and Characterization B.2.2.2 Experimental results Figure B.4 shows the measured resin viscosity variation with time for the isothermal cure runs. For most of the runs, the expected trends were followed: as the cure temperature increases, the gel point1 time and the initial minimum viscosity decrease. For the runs at high cure temperatures (> 150°C), the initial sample heating can increase the degree of cure of the sample and hence the initial viscosity. This might explain the higher minimum viscosity measured for the run at 170°C. The results from the runs at temperatures over 150°C should be used with caution since one cannot guarantee that the initial degree of cure of the resin is near zero when the target temperature is reached. Figure B.5 shows the resin viscosity variation with temperature for the dynamic cure runs. As the cure temperature ramp rate increases, the minimum viscosity decreases since the resin cures at a higher temperature. Also, in the initial stages of the dynamic run, (< 130 °C) viscosity is a function of temperature only as the resin degree of cure is still very low. Figure B.6 shows the resin viscosity variation with time for a typical cure cycle. The viscosity curve has two minima: one after the first temperature ramp and one during the second temperature ramp just before gelation. During the hold time, the viscosity increases with time because of an increase in the degree of cure. Compared with the dynamic runs, the typical cure cycle gives a higher minimum viscosity and a lower gel point temperature. 1 Taken when the viscosity reaches 100 Pa.s. -260-Appendix B Material Properties and Characterization B.2.2.3 Viscosity model The viscosity model used by Lee et al. (Equation B.6) was unsuccessful in predicting the viscosity profile of 8552 resin (Hubert, 1995). Lee's model can predict the viscosity variation due to temperature and degree of cure up to a degree of cure of 0.35, but cannot predict the high viscosity change near the gel point. A more complex empirical model by Kenny (1992) gave better results for 8552 resin. The model is as follows: where A^, Eu, A and B are experimentally determined parameters, R is the universal gas constant and ccg is the degree of cure at gelation. Again, Equation B.8 is an Arrhenius type relation where temperature and degree of cure effects are uncoupled. The model for 3501-6 resin (Equation B.6) assumes only a constant relationship between the degree of cure and the logarithm of the viscosity. On the other hand, Equation B.8 attempts to represent more comprehensively the effect of the degree of cure on the resin viscosity by incorporating the degree of cure at gelation in the relation. One can see that as a approaches ag, the resin viscosity increases dramatically as the polymer becomes a three dimensional network. Equation B.8 can be rewritten as follows: (B.8) In p. = In AM + E^ / RT + (A + Boc) In a g (B.9) When the degree of cure is very small (a«0), Equation B.9 can be simplified to: ln|^ = lnAM+E^/RT (B.10) -261-Appendix B Material Properties and Characterization The slope of a linear regression through the data of lnu. versus 1/T yields the value of Eu. To cover a more complete range of variation of viscosity due to the temperature, the data from the dynamic runs at l°C/min, 2°C/min and 5°C/min results are used. The degree of cure remains very low in the initial stages of the cure (0.06<cc<0.07). Figure B.7 shows the variation of lnu. versus 1/T over a temperature range of 60-145°C. From a linear regression in the results of Figure B.7, the slope of the curve gives E^ = 76536 J/mol. The gel point degree of cure is evaluated to be 0.47 from the viscosity tests. To evaluate the other constants, a best fit was done by changing the constants AM, A and B to fit the experimental data from the isothermal and dynamic runs. The best fit constants are given in Table B.2. Figure B.4 shows the comparison of the viscosity model with the isothermal runs. Although there is an offset between the predicted and the measured viscosity, the model captures the increasing viscosity as the gel point is approached. The comparison with the dynamic runs (Figure B.5) confirms that the model describes the dramatic increase of viscosity as the resin reaches the gel point. The initial stage of the dynamic run is simulated well by the model. As with the 3501-6 viscosity model, the model for 8552 tends to predict a lower minimum viscosity particularly for the runs at 5°C/min and 10°C/min. Again, this is not too critical because in practice heating rates found in typical autoclave rarely exceed 4°C/min. Finally, the viscosity model predictions are compared with experiments for a typical cure cycle in Figure B.6. Excellent agreement is found between the viscosity model and the experimental results. -262-Appendix B Material Properties and Characterization B.3 Fibre bed permeability The fibre bed permeability is a very difficult property to measure and was the subject of numerous detailed investigations as outlined in Section 2.2.2. Rather then trying to measure the permeability of the materials used, models published in the literature are used. The permeability for the fibre bed is given by the longitudinal and the transverse direction (i.e. and K2) of an unidirectional fibre bed. To get bounds on the range of permeability values found in the literature (Table B.4), the longitudinal and transverse permeabilities were calculated for a fibre bed having a fibre volume fraction ranging from 55 to 80%. The fibres are assumed to have a constant diameter of 8.0 urn. Figure B.8 shows the prediction of the different models for the longitudinal permeability. The three sources for the longitudinal permeability follow the same trend and they define a zone of variation for K, bounded by LI and L3. Figure B.9 shows the predictions for the transverse permeability. The type of variation can be separated in two groups: TI and T2 are the Kozeny equation type and T3, T4 and T5 are the modified Kozeny type where K2 dramatically decreases as the fibre bed is compacted. A sensitivity analysis with the flow-compaction model is conducted in Section 5.1 to evaluate the effect of the permeability variation on the compaction of a typical laminate. The permeability variations used as nominal values for the materials studied were chosen from the literature. • longitudinal permeability, Kj The Kozeny equation is used (Equation 2.8): -263-Appendix B Material Properties and Characterization K, = 4k, Vf (B.H) with rf=4xl0~6m and kj=0.7 for material A and B. • transverse permeability The modified Kozeny equation from Gutwoski et al. (1987b), (Equation 2.9) is used: (B.12) with r=4xlO"6m, k'=0.2 for both materials, and Va'=0.81 for material A and Va'=0.68 for material B. The values used for Va' corresponds to the value for Va used to fit Gutowski's model to the results obtained from the compaction tests (Figure 4.10 for material A and Figure 4.12 for material B). B.4 Compaction curve characterization with the load-unload method With this method, the specimen was successively loaded and unloaded, and the maximum applied displacement was gradually increased for each loading-unloading step. During the loading phase, the applied load corresponds to a combination of the fibre bed elastic response and the resin viscous behaviour (Figure 4.2 (a)). The determination of the fibre bed elastic response requires the knowledge of the resin pressure at any time during the test. This is done by measuring the resin' pressure or by calculating the resin pressure from a simple analytical viscoelastic model of the actual test (Figure 4.2 (b)). Accurate measurements of the resin -264-Appendix B Material Properties and Characterization pressure are very difficult to obtain (Makenzie, 1993). Therefore, for the present analysis, the resin pressure load was calculated from a simple viscoelastic solution (Gutwoski et al., 1987a): uL dh/dt Fp=^ '— (B.13) P 3K hW where FP is the resin pressure load, u. is the resin viscosity, Kx is the longitudinal permeability of the laminate, dh/dt is the loading rate and L, h and W are the specimen dimensions. During the unloading phase, the fibre bed should deform elastically back to its original shape. In theory, the load measured during the unloading phase corresponds to the fibre bed effective stress. This is true only if the unloading is performed at a very slow rate so that the specimen remains in contact with the piston. In practice, nothing guarantees that this condition exists and therefore makes the interpretation of the data from the unloading phase difficult. Figure B.10 presents the procedure used in calculating the load-displacement curve for the fibre bed from the load-unload test. From the load-displacement curves for the different steps, a master loading curve is built. This process consists of shifting the loading curves from each load-unload increment until they form a master curve (Figure B.10 (a)). Then, the resin pressure load is computed using Equation B.13 (Figure B.10 (b)). Finally, the fibre bed load is extracted (Figure B.10 (c)) by subtracting the resin pressure load from the total applied load using the effective stress principle (Equation 2.19). This method was used only for material A and two specimens were tested (6A01 and 6A02). The test conditions and the sample measurements are summarized in Table B.5. -265-Appendix B Material Properties and Characterization B.4.1 Results A typical load-displacement curve obtained by the load-unload test method is presented in Figure B.l 1. The test consisted of five load-unload cycles from which the following observations can be made: 1) As expected, the loading and unloading curves for any one cycle cannot be superposed. This behaviour confirms that the material is not purely elastic and the measured load is a combination of the resin pressure load and the fibre bed load. 2) The loading and unloading curves from different cycles cannot be superposed. Resin lost during one cycle does not flow back in the laminate. Therefore, a permanent deformation is created after each load-unload cycle. As illustrated in Figure B.10 (a), the analysis of the test data consists of building a master loading curve. By taking the loading segments for each cycle, it is possible to shift the curves from cycles 2 to 5 in order to form a continuous loading curve from the curve of cycle 1 (Total load curve of Figure B.12). The testing parameters were used as input in Equation B.13 to calculate the resin pressure load. Finally, the fibre bed load was evaluated by simply subtracting the resin pressure load curve from the total load curve (Figure B.12). This procedure was repeated for sample 6A02 and the compaction curves obtained are compared with Gutowski's model (Equation 2.3) in Figure B.13. The compaction curves for the two specimens are similar: the effective stress is low ( G3 < 200 kPa ) for strains lower then 0.2. After that point, a3 increases dramatically as the maximum fibre bed compaction is reached. The parameters used in Gutowski's model (P, Va and Ef, Equation 2.3) were chosen such that the maximum compaction -266-Appendix B Material Properties and Characterization strain matches the experimental curves (Figure B.13). The shape of the compaction curves and the model are different, particularly between strains of 0.16 and 0.22. B.4.2 Comparison with load-hold method The fibre bed compaction curves obtained for materials A with the load-unload method and load-hold method (Section 4.3) are presented in Figure B.14. The predicted load-displacement curves using the compaction curves obtained from the two testing methods are compared with the experimental data from the validation tests (Section 4.4 ) in Figure B.l5. The compaction curve obtained by the load-hold method is in good agreement with the experimental data. However, the load-unload curve failed to predict the load-displacement behaviour after a displacement of 0.3 mm. The load-unload testing method, consisting of several loadings and unloadings of the specimen, could affect the fibre arrangement. A similar phenomenon was observed by Kim et al. (1991). They found that the shape of the compaction curve was affected by the number of loading-unloading cycles. The repetitive loading and unloading of the specimen could change the fibre arrangement or cause fibre breakage. This would imply that at each cycle, the fibre bed architecture is different. Therefore, the final compaction curve obtained by the load-unload method is in fact the compaction curve of a 'changing' fibre bed. On the other hand, with the load-hold method, the compaction curve is loaded to its maximum compaction strain in a single step. In this case, the fibre bed is compacted in a continuous monotonic manner. Next, the load-unload method required the calculation of the resin pressure in order to compute the fibre bed compaction curve. The introduction of a calculated parameter can lead to some -267-Appendix B Material Properties and Characterization errors in the determination of the actual fibre bed compaction curve. This problem is eliminated in the load-hold method where the fibre bed compaction curve is directly obtained from the experimental load-displacement curve. -268-Appendix B Material Properties and Characterization B.5 Tables Table B.l Constants for the cure kinetics models of the resins. Material A resin 3501-6 (Equation B.2) Material B resin 8552 (Equation B.4) A^.SOnxlO'sec"1 A2=-3.3567xl07 sec"1 A3=3.2667xl03 sec"1 AE!=80700 J/mol AE2=77800 J/mol AE3=56600 J/mol B=0.47 Ea=66500 J/mol A=1.53xl05 sec"1 m=0.813 n=2.74 C=43.1 aco=5.48xlO"3 aCT=-0.190/°C Table B.2 Constants for the viscosity models of the resins. Material A resin 3501-6 (Equation B.6) Material B resin 8552 (Equation B.8) 1^=4.6 xlO"wPa.s U=l 14477 J/mol K=14.8 A^=3.45xlO"'uPa.s E^=76536 J/mol A=3.8 B=2.5 ag=0.47 -269-Appendix B Material Properties and Characterization Table B.3 Test matrix for material B resin 8552 viscosity characterization. Sample Run type VH1101 Isothermal at 110°C VH1201 Isothermal at 120°C VH1301 Isothermal at 130°C VH1401 Isothermal at 140°C VH1501 Isothermal at 150°C VH1601 Isothermal at 160°C VH1701 Isothermal at 170°C VR2C1 Dynamic at 2°C /min VR5C1 Dynamic at 5°C /min VR10C1 Dynamic at 10°C /min VRKC1 Typical cure cycle * * The cure cycle is a ramp of l°C/min to 124°C, a hold of 60 min. and a ramp of l°C/min to 177°C. Table B.4 Summary of the fibre bed permeability variations for unidirectional fibre beds available from the literature. Variation Equation and constants Longitudinal Ll L2 L3 Equation 2.8 k=0.35 (Dave et al. (1987b) Equation 2.8 K=0.7 (Gutwoski et al. (1987a)) Equation 2.11 c=57 (Gebart (1992)) Transverse TI T2 T3 T4 T5 Equation 2.8 k=6 (Dave et al. (1987b) Equation 2.8 k=17.9 (Gutwoski et al. (1987a)) Equation 2.9 k'=0.2, Va'=0.82 (Gutwoski et al. (1987a)) Equation 2.9 k'=0.2, Va'=0.76 (Gutwoski et al. (1987a)) Equation 2.10 C=0.4, Vfmax=0.785 (Gebart (1992)) -270-Appendix B Material Properties and Characterization Table B.5 Test definition and measurement results for the determination of the fibre bed compaction curve tests. Test definition Measurements before test Measurements after test Sample Material Test method Temp. M0 L0 W0 H0 M' L' W H' (°C) (g) (mm) (mm) (mm) (g) (mm) (mm) (mm) 6A01 A Load-unload 142 4.30 47.75 24.96 2.51 3.61 48.58 24.84 2.19 6A02 A Load-unload 142 4.46 48.37 25.56 2.53 4.01 48.00 24.80 2.23 7A01 A Load-hold 105 4.79 52.01 24.96 2.56 4.05 52.43 25.03 2.30 7A02 A Load-hold 106 4.74 52.42 24.68 2.60 4.00 52.49 24.99 2.28 7B01 B Load-hold 143 5.98 52.30 25.41 3.27 5.98 52.78 25.22 2.97 7B02 B Load-hold 148 5.60 50.66 25.41 3.15 5.37 50.82 25.20 2.74 All tests are performed at a constant temperature and at a loading rate of 0.1 mm/min. Table B.6 Test definition and measurement results for the fibre bed compaction curve validation tests. Test definition Measurements before test Measurements after test Sample Material Pressure Temp. M0 L0 W0 H0 M' L' W H' , lay-up (°C) (g) (mm) (mm) (mm) (g) (mm) (mm) (mm) 4A01 A, 8 ply * 100 2.28 49.01 25.25 1.29 1.94 49.25 24.64 1.08 4B02 B, 8 ply * 100 2.86 48.93 25.21 1.63 2.80 49.17 24.77 1.49 5A01 A, 8 ply * 140 2.26 48.22 25.18 1.26 1.91 48.29 24.75 1.14 5B02 B, 8 ply * 140 2.77 47.80 25.03 1.64 2.49 49.62 24.77 1.32 9A01 A, 16 ply ** 170 4.73 52.42 25.11 2.55 3.92 52.33 25.15 1.97 9B01 B, 16 ply ** 170 5.55 51.98 25.41 3.14 5.27 52.62 25.22 2.62 * Load to 700 kPa at 70 kPa/min and unload to 0 kPa at 1000 kPa/min. ** Load to 700 kPa at 140 kPa/min, hold for 5 min and unload to 0 kPa at 140 kPa/min. *** All tests are performed at a constant temperature and under load controlled conditions. -271-Appendix B Material Properties and Characterization B.6 Figures Resin sample ^ T(t) Figure B.l Parallel plate viscosity test setup, torsional oscillation (6(t)) is applied to the specimen and the torque T(t) is measured by a load cell. 1000 q •—, 0.1 -I 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 40 60 80 100 120 140 160 180 200 Temperature (°C) • l°C/min o 2°C/min & 5°C/min Present work Lee et al. (1982) Figure B.2 Dynamic cure viscosity results (start temperature: 50°C) for material A resin (3501-6) and comparison with model predictions (Equation B.6) using constants from Table B.2 and constants in Lee et al. (1982). -272-Appendix B Material Properties and Characterization 5 0.5 -0 J 1 1 1 j 1 0.0028 0.00285 0.0029 0.00295 0.003 0.00305 0.0031 1/T (°K"') Figure B.3 Variation of lnu. versus 1/T (Equation B.7 with a«0) for material A resin (3501-6) over a range of 50°C to 90°C. A linear regression leads to a value of 114477 J/mol for the activation energy U. 1 1_ 1 1 H_ , 1 1 1 1 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 Cure time (min) | • U0°C o 120°C A 130°C x 140°C x 150°C o 160°C + 170°C Model Figure B.4 Isothermal viscosity results for material B resin (8552) and comparison with model predictions (Equation B.8) using constants from Table B.2. -273-Appendix B Material Properties and Characterization 1000 70 90 110 130 150 Temperature (°C) 170 190 210 • 2°C/min o 5°C/min A 10°C/min • Model Figure B.5 Dynamic viscosity results (start temperature: 60°C) for material B resin (8552) and comparison with model predictions (Equation B.8) using constants from Table B.2. 1000 • Experiment Model Temperature 20 40 60 80 100 Cure time (min) 120 140 180 160 140 a 120 « 100 H 80 60 160 Figure B.6 Typical cure cycle viscosity results (start temperature: 60°C) for material B resin (8552) and comparison with model predictions (Equation B.8) using constants from Table B.2. -274-Appendix B Material Properties and Characterization 7 0.0023 0.0024 0.0025 0.0026 0.0027 0.0028 0.0029 0.003 1/T CK"1) Figure B.7 Variation of lnu. versus 1/T (Equation B.10) for material B resin (8552) over a range of 60°C to 145°C. A linear regression leads to a value of 76536 J/mol for the activation energy E^. 1E-11 1E-14 -! i 1 1 1 i 0.55 0.6 0.65 0.7 0.75 0.8 V, Figure B.8 Longitudinal permeability prediction for a unidirectional fibre bed from different sources (Table B.4) as a function of the fibre volume fraction. -275-Appendix B Material Properties and Characterization Figure B.10 Compaction curve computation for the load-unload test method, (a) master loading curve built from load-unload cycles, (b) resin pressure is computed, (c) the fibre bed load is calculated by subtracting (b) from (a). -276-Appendix B Material Properties and Characterization 1800 7 0 0.1 0.2 0.3 0.4 0.5 0.6 0.7 uz (mm) Figure B.12 Load-displacement curves for load-unload compaction test (material A, 6A01) showing the different components of the total load: the resin pressure load calculated from Equation B.13 and the fibre bed elastic load. -277-Appendix B Material Properties and Characterization 2000 T 83 (mm/mm) Figure B.13 Compaction curve for material A obtained with the load-unload method for samples 6A01 and 6A02. A comparison with Gutowski's model (Equation 2.3) is presented with p=350, Va=0.81, Vro=0.558 and Er=230 GPa. 2500 2000 ~ 1500 a. 1000 500 0 0.02 0.04 0.06 0.08 0.1 0.12 0.14 0.16 0.18 0.2 0.22 0.24 83 (mm/mm) • Load-unload method -B— Load-hold method Figure B.14 Comparison of the compaction curves for the materials studied. For the material A, the curve obtained by both testing methods are shown. -278-Appendix B Material Properties and Characterization Figure B.15 Comparison of the load-displacement behaviour predictions using the compaction curves obtained by the load-unload and load-hold method respectively. The results are compared with specimen 9A01 (material A) experimental results. -279-Appendix C Results of Angle Laminate Compaction Experiments The thickness and laminate mass measured before and after cure are presented in Table Cl. The thicknesses are measured at the location shown in Figure C.1. From the measurements presented in Table Cl, the laminate strains are calculated using the following relations: • laminate normal strain H0i • laminate total strain e,o,a>=^- i = 1,2,4,5 (C.2) • laminate percolation strain S—on =(mC~mC°VF0PF+(l-Vf0)pR) (C3) PR where mc0 is the laminate mass before cure, mc is the laminate mass after cure, Vro is the initial fibre volume fraction, pR is the resin density and pF is the fibre density. Details on the assumptions for the Equations C.1-C.3 are discussed in Section 5.2.2. Table C.2 presents the laminate strains calculated for all the sample tested. -280-Appendix C Results of Angle Laminate Compaction Experiments C.1 Tables Table C.l Thickness and laminate mass measurements on the angle laminates before and after the cure. Sample mc0 H0i H02 H03 H04 H05 mc Hi H2 H3 H4 H5 (g) (mm) (mm) (mm) (mm) (mm) (g) (mm) (mm) (mm) (mm) (mm) 5AM1 49.85 4.84 4.93 5.46 4.80 4.84 49.78 4.64 4.67 4.33 4.69 4.62 5AM2 49.54 4.84 4.84 5.19 4.84 4.85 49.59 4.62 4.54 4.67 4.55 4.59 5AM3 49.83 4.90 4.84 5.08 4.86 4.85 49.96 4.53 4.51 4.63 4.50 4.53 5AM4 50.05 4.91 4.94 5.33 4.84 4.84 48.11 4.55 4.66 4.15 4.62 4.48 5AM5 48.94 4.80 4.80 5.18 4.81 4.80 47.65 4.49 4.35 4.65 4.33 4.40 5AM6 49.90 4.90 4.88 5.16 4.89 4.91 48.32 4.44 4.32 4.38 4.32 4.38 5BM7 52.73 5.02 5.22 4.41 5.12 4.99 51.72 4.89 4.92 3.97 5.00 4.95 5BM8 52.87 5.04 5.02 4.86 5.02 5.12 52.20 4.86 4.93 4.59 4.97 4.94 5BM9 52.82 4.97 5.02 5.02 4.94 4.97 51.01 4.68 4.61 4.61 4.71 4.65 5BM10 52.81 5.02 5.22 4.46 5.09 5.02 43.86 4.10 4.08 3.62 3.99 4.00 5BM11 52.51 5.02 5.02 4.71 4.91 4.94 43.90 4.20 4.08 4.40 4.11 4.20 5BM12 52.67 4.84 4.97 4.97 4.81 4.76 44.68 4.04 4.09 4.50 4.06 4.05 5CF1 42.71 4.88 4.84 4.57 4.84 4.88 42.37 4.58 4.34 5.60 4.24 4.58 5CF2 43.01 4.88 4.86 5.54 4.86 4.86 43.13 4.55 4.35 4.68 4.30 4.52 5CF3 42.97 4.84 4.89 5.23 4.89 4.90 42.93 4.51 4.45 4.84 4.44 4.55 5CF4 43.20 4.84 4.80 4.66 4.84 4.88 41.28 4.42 4.17 5.24 4.21 4.52 5CF5 42.72 4.90 4.81 5.32 4.85 4.85 41.56 4.35 4.10 4.03 4.17 4.36 5CF6 42.91 5.09 4.86 5.21 4.86 4.85 41.94 4.66 4.20 4.72 4.21 4.41 5DF7 45.22 5.12 5.17 4.97 4.94 5.09 42.45 4.40 4.80 7.37 4.47 4.45 5DF8 45.63 5.02 4.94 4.76 4.94 5.02 42.43 4.39 4.35 5.33 4.33 4.41 5DF9 45.43 4.89 4.94 4.94 4.91 4.91 41.30 4.27 4.30 5.34 4.24 4.23 5DF10 44.61 5.02 5.12 5.09 5.02 4.99 37.47 3.96 4.06 6.58 3.95 3.90 5DF11 45.66 4.99 4.94 4.84 4.91 4.99 38.18 3.92 3.93 4.11 3.82 3.91 5DF12 44.56 4.89 4.84 4.74 4.84 4.91 38.70 4.12 4.13 4.03 4.02 4.03 -281-Appendix C Results of Angle Laminate Compaction Experiments Table C.2 Laminate normal strains, total strain and percolation strain. Sample e-i E„2 e„3 En4 en5 Etotal ^percolation 5 AM1 -0.04 -0.05 -0.21 -0.02 -0.05 -0.04 0.00 5AM2 -0.05 -0.06 -0.10 -0.06 -0.05 -0.06 0.00 5AM3 -0.08 -0.07 -0.09 -0.07 -0.07 -0.07 0.00 5AM4 -0.07 -0.06 -0.22 -0.05 -0.07 -0.06 -0.05 5AM5 -0.06 -0.09 -0.10 -0.10 -0.08 -0.09 -0.03 5AM6 -0.09 -0.11 -0.15 -0.12 -0.11 -0.11 -0.04 5BM7 -0.03 -0.06 -0.10 -0.02 -0.01 -0.03 -0.02 5BM8 -0.04 -0.02 -0.06 -0.01 -0.03 -0.02 -0.02 5BM9 -0.06 -0.08 -0.08 -0.05 -0.06 -0.06 -0.04 5BM10 -0.18 -0.22 -0.19 -0.22 -0.20 -0.21 -0.21 5BM11 -0.16 -0.19 -0.07 -0.16 -0.15 -0.17 -0.20 5BM12 -0.17 -0.18 -0.09 -0.16 -0.15 -0.16 -0.19 5CF1 -0.06 -0.10 0.22 -0.12 -0.06 -0.09 -0.01 5CF2 -0.07 -0.11 -0.15 -0.12 -0.07 -0.09 0.00 5CF3 -0.07 -0.09 -0.07 -0.09 -0.07 -0.08 0.00 5CF4 -0.09 -0.13 0.12 -0.13 -0.07 -0.11 -0.05 5CF5 -0.11 -0.15 -0.24 -0.14 -0.10 -0.13 -0.03 5CF6 -0.08 -0.14 -0.09 -0.13 -0.09 -0.11 -0.03 5DF7 -0.14 -0.07 0.48 -0.10 -0.13 -0.11 -0.08 5DF8 -0.12 -0.12 0.12 -0.12 -0.12 -0.12 -0.09 5DF9 -0.13 -0.13 0.08 -0.14 -0.14 -0.13 -0.11 5DF10 -0.21 -0.21 0.29 -0.21 -0.22 -0.21 -0.20 5DF11 -0.21 -0.20 -0.15 -0.22 -0.22 -0.21 -0.20 5DF12 -0.16 -0.15 -0.15 -0.17 -0.18 -0.16 -0.16 -282-Appendix C Results of Angle Laminate Compaction Experiments C.2 Figures STN1 STN2 Figure C.l Angle thickness measurement stations. -283-Appendix D Results of Shear Flow Experiments This appendix presents the methodology used to calculate the position of the markers from the image analysis and the parameters measured during the test. Figure D.l (a) shows the parameters measured during the test from the image analysis and the actual stage position given by the ESEM. The position of the stage (xstage and zstage) was given in a coordinate system called the ESEM Coordinate System (Figure D.l (a)). For each image, the position of the stage was recorded. The marker position was measured by taking the position of the marker in pixel and is converted in microns to obtain the position of the marker in the local coordinate system of the image (xframe and zframe). Thus, the position of the marker is known in the coordinate system of the ESEM by a simple coordinate transformation illustrated in Figure D.l (a). The results presented in Chapter 6 are given in a local coordinate system with the origin located at the center of the sample as shown in Figure D.l (b). The position of the marker in this local coordinate system is obtained from the following measurements (Figure D.l (a)): - the marker position (xESEM, zESEM) - the plates position zTOP and zBOX - the sample edge surfaces position xLEFT and xRIGHT From the above, the following variables are extracted: • sample dimensions, length (2L) and thickness (2H) 2H = |zTOP — zB0T|- and 2L = |xRIGHT — xLEFT| (D.l) -284-Appendix D Results of Shear Flow Experiments • marker position, (xif z) Xi = XESEM _ (XRIGHT _ L) Zi = ZESEM _ (ZTOP _ ^) where i is for a given marker. The sample dimensions before the test are presented in Table D.l. The raw data obtained for the test is presented in Tables D.2-D.5. The plate position and the edge surface position in Table D.6. -285-Appendix D Results of Shear Flow Experiments D.1 Tables Table D.l Sample dimensions before the test. Sample 2L 2H W (mm) (mm) (mm) 10_1 24.34 1.93 14.62 10_2 24.09 1.90 15.68 20_1 24.70 3.76 16.53 202 24.96 3.74 14.77 -286-Appendix D Results of Shear Flow Experiments Table D.2 Marker positions for sample 101. Row A RowB RowC RowD Marker XESEM ZESEM XESEM ZESEM XESEM ZESEM XESEM ZESEM (um) (Um) (Um) (nm) (Um) (nm) (nm) (nm) Initial position 1 2300 -901 7163 -925 11348 -867 - -2 2165 -534 7288 -556 11398 -557 - -3 2167 -71 7348 -128 11493 -87 - -4 1970 318 7310 294 - - - -5 - - 7183 713 - - - -Load 1 1 2245 -782 7529 -772 - - - -lllllllll!!1 2225 -450 7821 -468 12425 -485 - -3 - - 8091 -170 12708 -82 - -4 - - 8114 232 - - - -5 - - - - - - - -Load 2 1 2215 -738 - - 13780 -814 - -2 2230 -403 8401 -412 14060 -454 - -3 - - 8851 -252 - - - -lllllllllll: - - 8891 138 - - - -5 - - - - - - - -Load 3 1 - - - - - - - -iiiiiiiiii!! 2423 -322 9387 -337 15015 -542 - - -3 - - 9962 -282 15420 -427 - -4 - - 9957 118 - - - -5 - - - - - - - --287-Appendix D Results of Shear Flow Experiments Table D.3 Marker positions for sample 10_2. Row A RowB RowC RowD Marker XESEM ZESEM XESEM ZESEM XESEM ZESEM XESEM ZESEM (um) (Hm) (um) (Um) (nm) (nm) (nm) Initial position 1 10758 -961 - -2 1355 -436 6695 -478 10950 -553 -9773 -532 3 1183 -186 6715 -88 11028 -113 -9990 -230 4 1753 244 7065 247 11478 150 -9363 235 5 1548 609 6960 602 11003 650 -9258 581 Load 1 l - - - - 11444 -888 - -2 1268 -147 7122 -522 11724 -536 -10867 -519 3 - - 7165 -130 11839 -136 - -4 1608 218 7480 217 - - -10329 257 5 1388 503 7195 529 - - -9887 593 Load 2 1 - - - - 12416 -770 - -2 1516 -412 7946 -532 12830 -497 -12432 -470 3 - - - - - - - -1111111111; 1501 199 - - - - -11757 225 1256 451 7891 433 - - - -Load 3 i - - - - 13404 -758 - -2 - - 8142 -523 13899 -508 -13797 -478 3 - - - - - - - -4 1395 157 - - - - -13079 212 5 - - 7987 382 - - - --288-Appendix D Results of Shear Flow Experiments Table D.4 Marker positions for sample 20_1. Row A RowB RowC RowD Marker XESEM ZESEM XESEM ZESEM XESEM ZESEM XESEM ZESEM (um) (um) (um) (um) (um) (um) (um) Initial position 1 1442 -1829 6777 -1841 10722 -1918 - -2 1498 -1094 7371 -1132 11321 -1049 -9939 -1096 3 1505 -170 7741 -117 11954 -88 -10355 -124 4 1522 746 7397 777 11316 700 -8924 1731 5 1355 1546 6713 1582 10645 1504 -9630 1552 Load 1 1 1436 -1630 6882 -1659 10969 -1698 - -2 1523 -960 7655 -1009 11781 -920 -10878 -918 3 1501 -147 8202 -98 12536 -81 - -4 1487 650 7731 715 11761 615 -9321 842 5 1339 1394 6874 1451 10913 1367 -9954 1393 Load 2 liiiiiiiiiii! 1453 -1481 - - 11359 -1540 - -2 - - - - - - -11600 -925 3 - - - - 13400 -94 - -4 1473 535 8132 673 12468 544 -9882 775 5 1342 1246 - - 11299 1207 -10438 1258 -289-Appendix D Results of Shear Flow Experiments Table D.5 Marker positions for sample 20_2. Row A RowB RowC RowD Marker XESEM ZESEM XESEM ZESEM XESEM ZESEM XESEM ZESEM (um) (um) (nm) (nm) (nm) (nm) (nm) (nm) Initial position 1 1825 -1807 6795 -1849 10815 -1800 - -2 2340 -1006 7118 -1073 11443 -1157 - -3 2487 -113 7350 -251 11274 -231 - -4 1579 845 7007 840 10451 732 - -5 - - 6717 1575 - - - -Load 1 1 1859 -1636 6953 -1682 11089 -1630 - -siiiiiiiiii 2385 -870 7424 -954 11983 -1050 - -3 2564 -56 7725 -206 11864 -179 - -4 1598 811 7281 836 10913 698 - -5 - - 6817 1526 - - - -Load 2 1 - - 7150 -1581 11507 -1538 - -2 - - 7789 -909 12640 -983 - -3 2411 -42 . 8139 -240 12510 -185 - -4 1580 745 7589 786 11401 628 - -lllllll - - 6911 1401 - - - -Load 3 i!iifii!iii!i - - 7325 -1501 - - - -- - 8133 -867 13239 -955 - -iiiiiiiiii 2744 -73 8518 -265 13174 -226 - -iiiiiiiiii 1532 623 7838 730 11855 552 - -5 - - 6967 1280 - - - --290-Appendix D Results of Shear Flow Experiments Table D.6 Position of the plates and the sample edges for the sample tested and all load increments. Plate Sample Load ZTOP ZBOT XLEFT XRIGHT (um) (um) (um) (um) 10 1 0 855 -1105 - -1 727 -966 - -2 632 -905 - -3 544 -788 - -10_2 0 808 -1076 - -1 722 -992 -12987 14335 2 567 -901 -14560 15589 3 575 -881 -16088 16088 20 1 0 1743 -2034 -12651 13766 1 1577 -1834 -13362 14460 2 1441 -1682 -14477 15375 20_2 0 1747 -2025 -11836 14208 1 1664 -1836 -12685 14983 2 1560 -1733 -13372 15558 3 1436 -1673 -14060 16311 -291-Appendix D Results of Shear Flow Experiments D.2 Figures ESEM Plate Sample ''TOP ESEM picture frame Marker Edge surface 'BOT stage stage ESEM XLEFT ESEM Coordinate System (a) BRIGHT Figure D.l Coordinate definitions for the computation of the marker position, (a) measurements from the ESEM and (b) marker position definition in the sample coordinate system. -292-Appendix E Results for Flow Mechanisms Test The sample dimensions and mass measured before and after the test are presented in Tables E.l-E.4. The dimensions are defined in Figure E.l. From the measurements, the sample strains are calculated using the following relations: • in-plane strains • volumetric strain x 2 1 ( T< T A2 V -1 J (, W'-WQ^2 1+ u V w, 0 ) (E.l) (E.2) 1 (Mp-M') Pr L0W0H0 (E.3) From the strains calculated in Table E.1-E.4 the average strains are calculated for the sample tested in similar conditions. The standard variation for the strains is also calculated. The results are presented in Table E.5. The vertical strain contribution from shear flow and percolation flow is calculated using the following equations: • shear flow -(ex) (l + ex) (E.4) -293-Appendix E Results for Flow Mechanisms Test percolation flow < = ev (E.5) The results are presented in Table E.5. Details on the assumptions for the Equations E.l-E.5 are discussed in Section 6.2.2. -294-Appendix E Results for Flow Mechanisms Test E.1 Tables Table E.l Flow mechanism tests, sample measurement results and strains calculated for material A at 100°C. Sample Measurements before test Measurements after test Strains M0 (g) Lo (mm) W0 (mm) H0 (mm) M' (g) L' (mm) W' (mm) H' (mm) ex [0°] 4A01 2.28 49.01 25.25 1.29 1.94 49.25 24.64 1.08 0.00 -0.02 -0.17 4A02 2.28 50.80 24.43 1.27 1.93 50.56 24.46 1.07 0.00 0.00 -0.18 4A03 2.20 49.07 24.95 1.29 1.91 49.07 24.53 1.09 0.00 -0.02 -0.14 |90°] 4A90I 2.23 49.98 24.90 1.24 1.92 53.70 24.88 1.04 0.08 0.00 -0.16 4A902 2.22 49.47 24.91 1.27 2.08 52.83 25.25 1.14 0.07 0.01 -0.07 4A903 2.37 50.37 25.07 1.29 1.95 54.32 25.19 0.98 0.08 0.00 -0.20 Table E.2 Flow mechanism tests, sample measurement results and strains calculated for material B at 100°C. Sample Measurements before test Measurements after test Strains M0 (g) L0 (mm) W0 (mm) H0 (mm) M' (g) L' (mm) W (mm) H' (mm) ex [0°J 4B01 2.89 49.61 25.06 1.65 2.81 50.05 24.81 . 1.47 0.01 -0.01 -0.03 4B02 2.86 48.93 25.21 1.63 2.80 49.17 24.77 1.49 0.00 -0.02 -0.02 4B03 2.79 49.23 25.00 1.61 2.75 50.35 24.67 1.45 0.02 -0.01 -0.02 |90°] 4B901 2.75 48.17 25.03 1.61 2.69 62.15 25.26 1.19 0.33 0.01 -0.02 4B902 2.79 49.05 24.95 1.63 2.70 62.74 25.14 1.19 0.32 0.01 -0.03 4B903 2.76 48.79 25.49 1.61 2.70 64.97 25.39 1.10 0.39 0.00 -0.02 -295-Appendix E Results for Flow Mechanisms Test Table E.3 Flow mechanism tests, sample measurement results and strains calculated for material A at 140°C. Measurements before test Measurements after test Strains Sample M0 L0 w0 H0 M' L' W H' ex (g) (mm) (mm) (mm) (g) (mm) (mm) (mm) |0°| 5A01 2.26 48.22 25.18 1.26 1.91 48.29 ' 24.75 1.14 0.00 -0.02 -0.18 5A02 2.22 47.96 24.63 1.27 1.87 48.11 24.41 1.19 0.00 -0.01 -0.18 5A03 2.14 47.33 24.77 1.26 1.78 48.18 24.47 1.14 0.02 -0.01 -0.19 |90°| 5A901 2.29 48.08 25.32 1.26 2.04 61.98 25.48 1.06 0.33 0.01 -0.13 5A902 2.28 48.31 25.74 1.26 2.02 57.40 25.50 1.10 0.21 -0.01 -0.13 5A903 2.20 48.26 25.54 1.24 1.89 60.40 25.53 0.99 0.28 0.00 -0.16 Table E.4 Flow mechanism tests, sample measurement results and strains calculated for material B at 140°C. Sample Measurements before test Measurements after test Strains M0 (g) (mm) (mm) H0 (mm) M' (g) L' (mm) W (mm) H' (mm) ex 5B01 2.79 49.43 24.73 1.60 2.49 49.62 24.77 1.32 0.00 0.00 -0.12 5B02 2.77 47.80 25.03 1.64 2.55 48.06 24.72 1.45 0.00 -0.01 -0.09 5B03 2.85 48.66 25.05 1.69 2.67 48.82 24.68 1.50 0.00 -0.01 -0.07 |90°| 5B901 2.93 48.41 25.50 1.66 2.79 62.93 25.53 1.28 0.34 0.00 -0.05 5B902 2.95 49.05 25.63 1.68 2.91 62.83 25.51 1.53 0.32 0.00 -0.01 5B903 2.80 47.99 24.93 1.65 2.59 60.61 25.29 1.42 0.30 0.01 -0.08 -296-Appendix E Results for Flow Mechanisms Test Table E.5 Flow mechanism tests, average strains (ex and sv) and vertical strains caused by S P shear flow (ez ) and percolation flow (ez ). Test ex sv P ez Material A, [0°], 100°C 0.00 (0.00) -0.16(0.02) 0.01 -0.15 Material A, [90°], 100°C 0.08 (0.01) -0.14(0.07) -0.08 -0.15 Material B, [0°], 100°C 0.01 (0.01) -0.02 (0.01) 0.00 -0.01 Material B, [90°], 100°C 0.35 (0.04) -0.03 (0.01) -0.26 -0.03 Material A, [0°], 140°C 0.01 (0.01) -0.19(0.01) 0.01 -0.18 Material A, [90°], 140°C 0.27 (0.06) -0.14(0.02) -0.21 -0.14 Material B, [0°], 140°C 0.00 (0.00) -0.09 (0.03) 0.00 -0.08 Material B, [90°], 140°C 0.32 (0.02) -0.05 (0.03) -0.25 -0.05 * the standard variation is in parentheses for ex and sv -297-Appendix E Results for Flow Mechanisms Test E.2 Figures Figure E.l Flow mechanisms test sample dimensions: before the test (L0,W0,H0) and after the test (L',W',H'). The definition of the fibre orientation direction is also shown. -298-
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Description | Cost-effective manufacturing has become the primary objective for many industries using composite materials in primary structures. To realize this objective, it is often desired to use process modelling, as it helps understand the interaction between the parameters affecting the product quality. Among the multitude of phenomena occurring during composites processing, resin flow is a critical issue. It affects the fibre volume fraction distribution, the mechanical properties of the laminate and the final dimensions of the part. For thermoset matrix composites, the percolation flow approach is typically used to model flow and compaction. In this approach, the resin flows relative to the fibres and the flow has to be coupled with the fibre bed compaction behaviour to obtain the final shape of the laminate. In the present work, a percolation flow-compaction model is implemented in a two-dimensional finite element processing model for complex shapes such as angles or hat sections. Material properties required for the flow-compaction model, such as resin viscosity and the fibre bed compaction curve are measured for two carbon-epoxy composites: AS4/3501-6 and AS4/8552. An experimental technique to measure the fibre bed compaction curve directly from the prepreg is presented. The fibre bed compaction curves are validated with results from uniaxial compaction tests. The flow-compaction model is used to study the effect of a variation of the material properties on the compaction of angle laminates. The results from this sensitivity analysis show that the compaction curve significantly affects the final laminate thickness while the fibre bed shear modulus controls the ability of the fibres to conform to a curvilinear shape. A series of angle laminates were cured to study the effect of fibre orientation, bagging conditions, material and tool type on compaction behaviour. Simulations of the angle laminates in bleed conditions are in good agreement with the experiments. However, the model does not predict the experimentally observed magnitude of the deformation at the corner of the [90°] layup. This behaviour is attributed to shear flow, where the fibres and the resin move together as a very viscous anisotropic fluid. Direct observations of the compaction behaviour during transverse flow are presented. They confirm the kinematic relations used in shear flow theory and show that friction is present at the plate-laminate interface. Next, the conditions required to produce percolation or shear flow are investigated in a simple uniaxial compaction experiment. Fibre orientation and resin viscosity are the primary variables determining the dominant flow mechanism. Shear flow is primarily affected by the fibre orientation and occurs essentially in the direction perpendicular to the fibres. Percolation flow depends on the resin viscosity and occurs mainly in the direction where shear flow is not possible. |
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