Investigation in Bonding Conditions of CF/Epoxy – PP Hybrid Structures Manufactured by Hybrid Single Shot Method
The hybrid single shot method is a novel manufacturing technique which allows to form and bond CF/Epoxy sheet with the injected thermoplastic in a single injection process. This process is promising to overcome the drawbacks of the traditional hybrid structure manufacturing methods by reducing the cycle time, energy consumption, tool, and machinery cost which are the concerns of automakers. In this process, polypropylene (PP) injected over the pre-heated CF/Epoxy prepreg insert. PP is widely used in automotive applications such as bumpers, dashboards, side-sills while CF/Epoxy prepreg has a great potential to enhance the mechanical properties of the hybrid component. Insert material is formed by the pressure of PP and bonded with the thermoplastic part by taking the advantages of polymer heat and the tackiness of prepreg. The final part is promising to combine the inherent properties of these two material while enhancing their weaknesses.