Accession Number : ADP007768

Title :   Microwave Heating for Fiber Placement Manufacturing of Carbon Fiber Composites,

Corporate Author : MCDONNELL DOUGLAS RESEARCH LABS ST LOUIS MO

Personal Author(s) : Lind, Arthur C. ; Wear, Frederick C. ; Kurz, James E.

Report Date : 27 APR 1992

Pagination or Media Count : 8

Abstract : Usually, carbon-fiber/polymeric composite parts have been assembled manually and cured using autoclave techniques. To reduce labor costs and to enable the manufacture of composite parts larger than available autoclaves, an automated fiber placement process is being developed. In this process composite parts are fabricated one layer at a time from polymer-impregnated carbon fibers in tapes of various widths. As the fibers come into contact with the part, heat and pressure are applied to consolidate the fibers with the part, as shown in.

Descriptors :   *CARBON FIBERS, *LABOR, *FIBER REINFORCED COMPOSITES, *MICROWAVES, *HEATING, AUTOCLAVES, CARBON, COSTS, FIBERS, HEAT, LAYERS, POLYMERS, PRESSURE, MANUFACTURING, ELECTRICAL CONDUCTIVITY, CAVITIES, DIELECTRIC PROPERTIES, SYMPOSIA.

Subject Categories : Ceramics, Refractories and Glass
      Laminates and Composite Materials
      Radiofrequency Wave Propagation

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE