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Abstract

Compression molding is the single largest primary manufacturing process used for automotive composite applications. This article provides a general overview of the compression molding process. It describes the basic design, materials, and processing equipment of three main groups of composite materials, namely, glass-fiber-mat-reinforced thermoplastics, long-fiber-reinforced thermoplastics, and sheet molding compounds. It presents information on the application examples and market volume of compression molding.

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Charles W. Peterson, G. Ehnert, R. Liebold, K. Hörsting, R. Kühfusz, Compression Molding, Composites, Vol 21, ASM Handbook, Edited By Daniel B. Miracle, Steven L. Donaldson, ASM International, 2001, p 516–535, https://doi.org/10.31399/asm.hb.v21.a0003415

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