Title

Influence of Cure Conditions on Out-of-Autoclave Bismaleimide Composite Laminates

Abstract

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.

Department(s)

Mathematics and Statistics

Second Department

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Research Center/Lab(s)

Intelligent Systems Center

Comments

This work was supported by the Center for Aerospace Manufacturing Technologies (CAMT) and the Intelligent Systems Center (ISC) at Missouri S&T.

Keywords and Phrases

Composites; Manufacturing; Mechanical Properties; Thermosets

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

0021-8995

Document Type

Article - Journal

Document Version

Citation

File Type

text

Language(s)

English

Rights

© 2016 Wiley-Blackwell, All rights reserved.

Publication Date

10 Oct 2016

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