A data base covering an extensive range of SMC properties has been built up from coupon tests on ERF truck cab door moldings and test moldings produced under controlled conditions of flow. Tensile and elastic properties are compared for the two sources, and they confirm that charge and flow geometry affect properties directly. In parallel, a finite element model of the door has been constructed and proved by comparing its predictions for service deflections with experimental measurements. The procedure is not limited to the cab door. Indeed, it will be useful to the designer of any compression molded SMC component. Without resorting to development by trial and error, it will be possible to determine the effects of different charging geometries and then make accurate assessments to meet strength requirements.
|Number of pages||9|
|Publication status||Published - 1986|
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