Curing simulation of thermoset composites

D. C. Blest, B. R. Duffy, S. McKee, Ahmad Kamal Zulkifle

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This paper deals with the modelling and simulation of resin flow, heat transfer and the curing of multilayer thermoset composite laminates during processing in an autoclave. Darcy's Law and Stokes' slow-flow equations are used for the flow model and, for approximately isothermal flows, a similarity solution is developed. This permits the decoupling of the velocity and thermal fields. A two-dimensional convection-diffusion heat equation with an internal heat generation term is then solved numerically, together with the equation for the rate of cure, using a finite difference scheme on a moving grid. The simulations are performed with varying composite thicknesses, and a comparison of numerical results with known experimental data confirms the approximate validity of the model.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1289-1309
Number of pages21
JournalComposites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jan 1999

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Mechanics of Materials

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