Using Embossing to Create a Fiber Reinforced Honeycomb Composite

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William Jordan

Mechanical Engineering, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA 71272

Phone: (318) 257-4304 Fax: (318) 257-2306

e-mail: jordan@coes.latech.edu

J. Eng. Mater. Technol 127(2), 257-262 (Apr 06, 2005) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.1867985 History: Received March 11, 2004; Revised December 28, 2004; Online April 06, 2005
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Assembled laminate composed of three layers. White lines show the boundaries of each layer.
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Hexagonal bars used for alignment
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Types of composites evaluated in this research
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Hot embossing equipment
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Two layer thick laminate with hexagonal channels
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Single honeycomb layer with hexagonal channels
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Honeycomb laminate created using rectangular die



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