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Safety concerns in composite manufacturing and machining
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Paper Abstract

Because of the superior properties, composites have been used in many industrial applications, including aerospace, wind turbines, ships, cars, fishing rods, storage tanks, swimming pool panels, and baseball bats. Each application may require different combinations of reinforcements and matrices, which make the manufacturing safety even more challenging while working on these substances. In this study, safety issues in composite manufacturing and machining were investigated in detail, and latest developments were provided for workers. The materials most frequently used in composite manufacturing, such as matrix (polyester, vinylester, phenolic, epoxies, methyl ethyl ketone peroxide, benzoil peroxide, hardeners, and solvents), and reinforcement materials (carbon, glass and Kevlar fibers, honeycomb and foams) can be highly toxic to human body. These materials can also be very toxic to the environment when dumped out uncontrollably, creating major future health and environmental concerns. Throughout the manufacturing process, workers inhale vapors of the liquid matrix, hardeners and solvents / thinners, as well as reinforcement materials (chopped fibers and particles) in airborne. Milling, cutting and machining of the composites can further increase the toxic inhalations of airborne composite particles, resulting in major rashes, irritation, skin disorders, coughing, severe eye and lung injury and other serious illnesses. The major portions of these hazardous materials can be controlled using appropriate personal protective equipment for the chemicals and materials used in composite manufacturing and machining. This study provides best possible safety practices utilized in composite manufacturing facilities for workers, engineers and other participants.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 March 2018
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 10596, Behavior and Mechanics of Multifunctional Materials and Composites XII, 1059623 (22 March 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2296707
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Eylem Asmatulu, Wichita State Univ. (United States)
Abdullah Alonayni, Wichita State Univ. (United States)
Mohammed Alamir, Wichita State Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10596:
Behavior and Mechanics of Multifunctional Materials and Composites XII
Hani E. Naguib, Editor(s)

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