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Fabrication of a Complex Part with Deep-Draw Sections By Resin Transfer Molding


Title: Fabrication of a Complex Part with Deep-Draw Sections By Resin Transfer Molding

Authors: Thomas K. Tsotsis, Gilbert Cespedes-Gonzalez, Mario Wiener, Leslie Cohen, Dominic Calamito, Stephan Costantino, and Florian Klunker

DOI: 10.33599/nasampe/s.19.1389

Abstract: One of the three processing tracks within the RApid high-Performance Molding (RAPM) for Small Parts program performed under the DARPA Tailorable Feedstock and Forming (TFF) initiative focused on resin-infused composites. Lessons learned from previous preforming and part-fabrication trials were used to produce a complex-shaped part containing two deep-draw sections. A preforming approach to enable fabrication of the part without fiber distortion was developed. Furthermore, a low-cost tooling approach was applied to creating the preforms. Unlike earlier work in the program, low-pressure resin transfer molding (LPRTM), instead of high-pressure RTM (HPRTM) was used to ease the requirements on tooling pressures to enable lower-costs in tooling materials and tooling fabrication. The details of the tool designs, preform, and part fabrication will be discussed.

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Conference: SAMPE 2019 - Charlotte, NC

Publication Date: 2019/05/20

SKU: TP19--1389

Pages: 11

Price: FREE

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