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Abstract

In automotive industry research is done to replace high strength steel by combinations of steel and carbon-fibre prepregs (pre-impregnated fibres). It is planned to form both steel and uncured prepregs in one step followed by the curing process under pressure in the forming die. The ability to simulate the mechanical behaviour during forming and curing would allow more economical processes. The simulation of prepregs must regard highly anisotropic, viscoelastic and thermal- chemical properties. For this the model is split into an anisotropic elastic part, which represents the fibre fraction and an isotropic, viscoelastic part, representing the matrix. This part also contains curing, causing a dependency on time and temperature. During deep-drawing large deformations are occurring, so a large strain model regarding anisotropy, viscoelasticity and curing has been developed. Also experiments were made to validate this model. (© 2012 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim)