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VARTM Process Improvement for Repeatable and Improved Mechanical Properties of Composite Laminates

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Sanjay Sharma, Dennis A. Siginer

Wichita State University, Wichita, KS

Paper No. IMECE2009-12593, pp. 45-50; 6 pages
doi:10.1115/IMECE2009-12593
From:
  • ASME 2009 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 9: Heat Transfer, Fluid Flows, and Thermal Systems, Parts A, B and C
  • Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA, November 13–19, 2009
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4382-6 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3863-1
  • Copyright © 2009 by ASME

abstract

Quality of laminates produced by Seeman Composite Resin Infusion Molding Process (SCRIMP) is studied by comparing their Fiber Volume fraction and void content. SCRIMP is a variant of Vacuum Assisted Resin Transfer Molding (VARTM). Manufacturing process parameters are then identified and varied to study the impact on mechanical properties of laminated composites. Modification to SCRIMP is carried out by infusing the resin under additional pressure. Optimal process parameters for this modified SCRIMP process are suggested to yield laminates that are repeatable and consistent in quality. Void content is reduced in the composite laminates by altering the vacuum pressure level. Thickness gradient commonly found in SCRIMP processed laminates is eliminated by allowing longer de-bulking time. Final laminate quality is measured using ASTM standardized mechanical testing.

Copyright © 2009 by ASME

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