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Methods for Process-related Resin Selection and Optimisation in High-Pressure Resin Transfer Moulding

Rutt, Mathew, Lekakou, Constantina, Smith, Paul, Sordon, Alessandro and Santoni, Claudio (2018) Methods for Process-related Resin Selection and Optimisation in High-Pressure Resin Transfer Moulding Materials Science and Technology, 35 (3). pp. 327-335.

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Abstract

A framework for process-related resin selection and optimisation is proposed in the context of research and development for industrial applications of high-pressure resin transfer moulding (HP-RTM). The first stage involves the validation of the reaction kinetics model by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and determination of the reaction constants, and the characterisation of viscosity, storage- and viscous-shear moduli by dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA) in a rheometer as a function of time. It also includes capillary pressure measurements for a curing resin impregnating a vertical fibre yarn. Process-related resin selection criteria are based on the optimisation of cycle time, including filling time against gel time, micro-infiltration time and demould time. The proposed framework and the associated test and analysis methodologies have been applied to three epoxy resin systems in connection with carbon fibre reinforcement.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Mechanical Engineering Sciences
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Rutt, Mathew
Lekakou, ConstantinaC.Lekakou@surrey.ac.uk
Smith, PaulP.Smith@surrey.ac.uk
Sordon, Alessandro
Santoni, Claudio
Date : 31 December 2018
Funders : Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
DOI : 10.1080/02670836.2018.1557916
Copyright Disclaimer : This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Materials Science and Technology on 31 December 2018, available online: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02670836.2018.1557916
Uncontrolled Keywords : RTM; Composites processing; Epoxies; Curing; Reaction kinetics; DMA; Rheology; Capillary pressure; Optimisation
Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 13 Dec 2018 14:13
Last Modified : 08 Apr 2019 13:56
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/850032

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