Modelling and Simulation of Laser Welded Joints of Reinforced PP and PC Plastics
- Vlastimil Votrubec
Welding of composites decreases their material strength. Proper evaluation of FEM simulations is necessary for correct design and safety factor determination. Neat and reinforced PP and PC specimens were measured on a testing machine to obtain their material properties. Experimental tensile curves were used as inputs in FEM simulations. 15 combinations of specimen were welded on laser work machine and afterwards the welded joint strength was measured on the testing machine. The results of shear tests and FEM simulations are compared in this paper. Also the influence of fiber presence in composites on welded joint strength is discussed. At the end suggestions for safe machinery design of laser welded reinforced composites are given.
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