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Friction of carbon fibre tows

Mulvihill, DM and Smerdova, O and Sutcliffe, MPF (2016) Friction of carbon fibre tows. Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing.

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The fundamental frictional behaviour of carbon fibre tows relevant to composite fabric forming is explored. Tow-on-tool and tow-on-tow contact are considered. For tow-on-tool contact, an experiment is devised to simultaneously observe the true filament contact length and measure the friction force over a range of normal loads. Filament contact length is not constant, as would be given from an idealised assumption of parallel touching filaments, but increases in a characteristic manner with normal load. Friction force follows a power law variation with normal load with exponent in the range 0.7–1. Accounting for the evolving contact length in a Hertzian calculation of the real contact area produces a contact area versus load variation which differs only by a constant factor from the measured friction force curves. Thus, the results agree with a ‘constant interface strength’ model of friction. Tow orientation and sizing are found to have a significant effect on friction by altering the real contact area.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: A. carbon fibres A. tow E. forming friction
Divisions: Div C > Materials Engineering
Div C > Biomechanics
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2017 19:19
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2018 01:57