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The effect of such fiber characteristics as weight content, modulus, and density on the stiffness properties of a chopped fiber reinforced sheet molding compound (SMC) composite are analytically evaluated. Comparisons are made among SMC composites reinforced by four commercially available fiber systems, glass, Kevlar, carbon, and high-modulus carbon.
sheet molding compounds, chopped fibers, composite materials, stiffness properties, automotive applications
Senior Staff Research Engineer, General Motors Research Laboratories, Warren, Mich.