Accession Number : ADA130071

Title :   Curing of Graphite/Epoxy Composites.

Descriptive Note : Interim technical rept. Jun 82-Mar 83,

Corporate Author : MICHIGAN UNIV ANN ARBOR DEPT OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERING AND APPLIED MECHANICS

Personal Author(s) : Loos,Alfred C ; Springer,George S

PDF Url : ADA130071

Report Date : Mar 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 158

Abstract : Models were developed which describe the curing process of composites constructed from continuous fiber-reinforced, thermosetting resin matrix prepeg materials. On the basis of the models, a computer code was developed, which for flat-plate composites cured by a specified cure cycle, provides the temperature distribution, the degree of cure of the resin, and the resin viscosity, inside the composite. In addition, the computer code can be used to determine the amount of resin flow out of the composite and the resin content of the composite and the bleeder. Tests were performed measuring the temperature distribution in and the resin flow out of composites constructed from Hercules AS/3501-6 graphite/epoxy prepeg tape. The data was compared with results calculated with the computer code for the conditions employed in the tests. Good agreement was found between the data and the results of the computer code indicating that the model describes adequately the temperature distribution and resin flow. A parametric study was also performed to illustrate how the model and the associated computer code can be used to determine the appropriate cure cycle for a given application, which results in a composite that is cured uniformly in the shortest amount of time. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Composite materials, *Curing, *Models, Fiber reinforced composites, Epoxy resins, Graphite, Thermoplastic resins, Fabrication, Cycles, Time, Mathematical analysis, Computer aided diagnosis, Production rate

Subject Categories : Laminates and Composite Materials

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE