||Fiber-reinforced composites enable lightweighting of aerospace, automotive, marine and wind structures while meeting high-performance requirements, such as high specific stiffness, high specific strength, impact toughness, crashworthiness, corrosion resistance and fatigue. Automated manufacturing processes such as preforming and thermoforming show promise for making high-volume low-cost fiber-reinforced composite structures. However, achieving good alignment of the chopped fibers or the wrinkle-free draping of continuous-fiber textiles can be challenging without a good understanding of the relationship between the processing conditions and the mechanical behavior of the composite material system. Simulation is a valuable tool to assist in the tailoring the design of the manufacturing conditions to the mechanical behavior of the material system so as to achieve a high-quality part. This Composites Forming mini-symposium will cover material and friction characterization, constitutive modeling, and simulation for the processing of continuous and chopped fiber-reinforced structural composites. The analysis of forming of the reinforcement without resin (dry preform) and with non-hardened resin (prepreg) will be considered as well as the consolidation of the composite system.
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