T. Lay, F. Taheri
Keywords: 3D, glass fiber, mwtal laminate, panel
Summary:Abstract A new assembled glass fiber metal laminate has a 3D E-glass fiber fabric core layer, which contains two bidirectional fabrics knitted together by vertical braided glass fiber pillars. Application of resin to core faces and interior fibers creates spaces and voids in the fabric, which are filled by injection of foam to increase strength and stiffness. Thin magnesium alloy sheets comprise the outer layers on the two sides of the core layer. In addition, core and laminate structural strength and stiffness can be increased through the optional step of inserting thin fiberglass cloth layers between the core layer and outer metal alloy layers. A new type of structural laminate panel is formed by bonding together two or more of the new component laminates. The new laminate and structural panel are suitable for use in automobiles, marine vessels and other applications particularly requiring optimal impact resistance and minimization of delamination occurrence.