Title

Polymeric Composite Tube Fabrication

Abstract

An aluminum mold was designed for fabrication of research quality composite tubes on a hot press (miniclave). This mold allows the pressure to be applied uniformly to the inner surface of a composite (prepreg tape) tube while a constant vacuum is also applied independently to the composite throughout the course of fabrication. With proper placement of stoppers and spacers inside the mold, various types of high quality unidirectional composites with fibers oriented either in the zero or 90 degree directions, respectively, were fabricated on a hot press. The mold design had less resin loss throughout fabrication compared to a conventional tubular mold. Physical and material tests have characterized the superior qualities of the resulting composite tubes.

Department(s)

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Keywords and Phrases

Manufacturing; Polymer Composites; Composite Materials; Presses; Resins; Design; Fibers; Vacuum; Pressure; Aluminum

Document Type

Article - Journal

Document Version

Citation

File Type

text

Language(s)

English

Rights

© 1995 American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), All rights reserved.


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