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Online monitoring of amine concentration in the processing of amine/epoxy-based thermosets
Author(s): Tonguy Liu; S. Elsby; Gerard Franklyn Fernando
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Paper Abstract

Amine/epoxy based thermosets are used as matrices in a wide variety of advanced fiber reinforced composite structures. Thermosets can be formulated for specified processing routes, for example, pultrusion, prepregging, resin transfer moulding and filament winding. In general, the resin system has two or more components, which have to be mixed prior to use. Issues of concern in this area are (1) the homogeneity of the mixed resin systems; (2) the stoichiometry of the reagents and (3) the chemical stability of the individual components as a function of storage conditions prior to mixing. The availability of an on-line 'resin quality' sensor system could overcome some of the above mentioned problems. This paper reports on an on-line monitoring system for determining the amine concentration in an amine/epoxy-based thermoset, which is used for filament winding. The system is based on a dual- wavelength optical fiber sensor design. One light source at 1548 nm corresponds to the amine (N-H) absorption band and the second is centered around 670 nm. The latter serves as a reference to compensate for the scattering effects. The proposed system is capable of quantitatively determining amine concentrations during processing and offers the option of on- line process optimization for multi-component resins.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 May 1999
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 3670, Smart Structures and Materials 1999: Sensory Phenomena and Measurement Instrumentation for Smart Structures and Materials, (31 May 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.349723
Show Author Affiliations
Tonguy Liu, Cranfield Univ. (United Kingdom)
S. Elsby, Cranfield Univ. (United Kingdom)
Gerard Franklyn Fernando, Cranfield Univ. (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3670:
Smart Structures and Materials 1999: Sensory Phenomena and Measurement Instrumentation for Smart Structures and Materials
Richard O. Claus; William B. Spillman Jr., Editor(s)

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