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Localized temperature control of microwave-assisted cure in SCRIMP-manufactured composites
Author(s): Peter J. Shull; John L. Champion; Jane W. Maclachlan Spicer; James B. Spicer
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Paper Abstract

This paper describes current efforts to apply spatially and temporally localized microwave processing techniques to ensure uniformity of material properties in polymer composite materials. In large polymer composite structures, high temperatures caused by exothermic resin cure can degrade the mechanical properties of the composite. In this work, resin cure temperature data was obtained during microwave processing from a series of thermocouples embedded at various lateral locations relative to the microwave source and uniformly through the thickness of the composite structure. Using this temperature information, the potential for localized microwave-accelerated cure to reduce the occurrence of material degradation from resin over-temperature was evaluated.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 May 2000
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 3993, Nondestructive Evaluation of Aging Materials and Composites IV, (13 May 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.385502
Show Author Affiliations
Peter J. Shull, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
John L. Champion, Johns Hopkins APL (United States)
Jane W. Maclachlan Spicer, Johns Hopkins APL (United States)
James B. Spicer, Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3993:
Nondestructive Evaluation of Aging Materials and Composites IV
George Y. Baaklini; Carol A. Nove; Eric S. Boltz, Editor(s)

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