An emerging, energy-efficient cure process for rapid composite manufacture

Rao, Sandhya and Rao, RMVGK (2008) An emerging, energy-efficient cure process for rapid composite manufacture. In: Proceedings of the International Conference on Aerospace Science and Technology (INCAST 2008-032), 26-28 Jun 2008, Bangalore, India.

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Two types of bi-functional epoxy-amine matrix systems (one room temperature -RT cure type13; and one elevated temperature -ET cure type), used for aerospace composite applications, were cured at the13; sample mixture level, composite laminate level and representative component level using three different13; multimode, microwave (MW) cure equipment viz., a domestic MW oven, a laboratory scale MW set-up and13; conveyor-type MW facility respectively, all of them operating at a frequency of 2450 MHz.. MW cure schedules13; equivalent to supplier-specified thermal cure schedules were individually evolved, using the glass transition13; temperature (Tg) as the index of cure completion. The glass transition temperature (Tg) values of MW cured13; samples were equivalent or slightly superior to respective thermally cured samples. The cure status and cure13; uniformity were assessed using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and confirmed through thermal imaging13; techniques. For the MW cured glass-epoxy laminates, the mechanical properties determined, compared well with13; or were superior to those of the thermally cured counterparts. Further, the microwave curing process, per se,13; resulted in a significant reduction in the process cycle time and energy consumption. In order to investigate the13; versatility of microwave cure, preliminary cure trials were performed at representative component level viz., for13; a 15mm thick laminate, a sandwich panel and a curved radome profile.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Copyright for this article belongs to National Aerospace Laboratories
Uncontrolled Keywords: Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC);Glass transition temperature (Tg);universal testing machine
Subjects: AERONAUTICS > Aeronautics (General)
Depositing User: Ms. Alphones Mary
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2009
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2010 08:51

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