Influence of Cure Conditions on Out-of-Autoclave Bismaleimide Composite Laminates
Bismaleimides (BMI) are thermosetting polymers that are widely used in the aerospace industry due to their good physical properties at elevated temperatures and humid environments. BMI‐based composites are used as a replacement for conventional epoxy resins at higher service temperatures. Out‐of‐Autoclave (OOA) processing of BMI composites is similar to that of epoxies but requires higher cure temperatures. Polymer properties such as degree of cure and crosslink density are dependent on the cure cycle used. These properties affect mechanical strength as well as glass transition temperature of the composite. In the current research, carbon fiber/BMI composite laminates were manufactured by OOA processing. The void content was measured using acid digestion techniques. The influence of cure cycle variations on glass transition temperature and mechanical strength was investigated. Properties of manufactured specimens were compared with that of conventional autoclave cured BMI composites. Laminates fabricated via OOA processing exhibited properties comparable to that of autoclave cured composites.
S. Anandan et al., "Influence of Cure Conditions on Out-of-Autoclave Bismaleimide Composite Laminates," Journal of Applied Polymer Science, vol. 133, no. 38, Wiley-Blackwell, Oct 2016.
The definitive version is available at https://doi.org/10.1002/app.43984
Mathematics and Statistics
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Intelligent Systems Center
Keywords and Phrases
Composites; Manufacturing; Mechanical Properties; Thermosets
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10 Oct 2016