The application of microwave preheating in resin transfer moulding
Johnson, Michael S. (1995) The application of microwave preheating in resin transfer moulding. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.
Fibre reinforced plastics (FRP) are of considerable interest to the automotive industry. Intelligent application of these materials could reduce vehicle weight for higher operating efficiency, at a reduced manufacturing cost. The principal use of FRP in high volume (greater than 100,000 parts per annum) has been restricted to non-structural body panels made from short fibre reinforcement. Long fibre reinforced composites are ideal for load bearing structures resulting from a high specific strength. However, a high volume technique to produce these components at a moderate cost has not been realised. One long fibre reinforcement process with the potential to meet the high volume demands of the automotive industry is resin transfer moulding (RTM).
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