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Processing & Characterization of Composites Via Self-Pressurizing

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Processing & Characterization of Composites Via Self-Pressurizing (Soluble) Tooling

 

A large opportunity exists for Out Of Autoclave (OOA) technology to reduce costs and streamline manufacturing.  Specialty prepregs are the primary approach to achieve OOA composites.  However, tooling based approaches may be suitable or necessary for certain hollow or trapped internal configurations.  These approaches include inflatable bladders, shape memory polymers, and high thermal expansion tooling materials. A new self-pressurizing (soluble) tooling system is now available that also takes a tooling based approached to produce OOA composites.  The ClaveCore tooling system can be engineered to thermally activate in specific temperature ranges and to achieve targeted pressure levels.  However, to design a process with the system, the fundamental temperature-pressure-expansion relationship needs to be understood.  In our study, we report on the pressurization behavior and its relationship with key composite process variables, report on achievable composite properties, and present a process case study on a composite geometry.

 

Authors: Zachary N. Wing

 

Conference: CAMX 2016 – Anaheim

 

SKU/Code: TP16-0081

 

Pages: 11


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