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Transient Analysis of In-Plane and Through Thickness Flow During VARTM in the Presence of HPM

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Debabrata Adhikari, Suhasini Gururaja

Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, India

Paper No. IMECE2014-37628, pp. V02AT02A047; 9 pages
  • ASME 2014 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 2A: Advanced Manufacturing
  • Montreal, Quebec, Canada, November 14–20, 2014
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4643-8
  • Copyright © 2014 by ASME


Modeling resin flow for a Vacuum Assisted Resin Transfer Molding (VARTM) process involves developing an approach for coupled flow-compaction, porosity-permeability, resin-cure and stress-development phenomena. In the present work, a modified transient incompressible resin flow model has been developed for VARTM without considering the constant flow rate assumption. The use of High Permeability Medium (HPM) during VARTM results in a through-thickness flow in addition to in-plane flow developing due to the pressure gradient. Results have been validated with existing literature. Fill time comparisons for with and without HPM cases have been presented. Some preliminary results of 2D plane flow have also been obtained which show promise in replicating the physics of vacuum assisted resin infusion composite manufacturing process.

Copyright © 2014 by ASME



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