Composites A, Applied Science and Manufacturing vol:53 pages:129-136
The weave architecture is vital for hot compaction and the mechanical properties of self-reinforced polypropylene. Low compaction quality resulted in early damage initiation and reduced tensile strength. Interleaved films and decreased crimp in the weave architecture increased the compaction quality. The best compaction quality and tensile properties were obtained by standard fed weaves with interleaved films. The penetration impact resistance and peel strength was independent of the weave architecture. Interleaved films increased the peel strength drastically, but the impact resistance only slightly decreased. These conclusions help to select the correct weave architecture and facilitate the hot compaction process.