Simulation and validation of injection-compression filling stage of liquid moulding with fast curing resins

Martin, Ffion A. and Warrior, N.A. and Simacek, Pavel and Advani, Suresh and Hughes, Adrian and Darlington, Roger and Senan, Eissa (2018) Simulation and validation of injection-compression filling stage of liquid moulding with fast curing resins. Applied Composite Materials . ISSN 1573-4897

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Abstract

Very short manufacture cycle times are required if continuous carbon fibre and epoxy composite components are to be economically viable solutions for high volume composite production for the automotive industry. Here, a manufacturing process variant of resin transfer moulding (RTM), targets a reduction of in-mould manufacture time by reducing the time to inject and cure components. The process involves two stages; resin injection followed by compression. A flow simulation methodology using an RTM solver for the process has been developed. This paper compares the simulation prediction to experiments performed using industrial equipment. The issues encountered during the manufacturing are included in the simulation and their sensitivity to the process is explored.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Advanced liquid composite Moulding; RTM; Flow simulation; Fast cure epoxy resin
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Engineering
Identification Number: 10.1007/s10443-018-9682-4
Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2018 14:11
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2018 00:48
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/50541

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