Title: Surfacing and Lightning Strike Protection of Bismaleimide Composites with a Novel High Temperature Surfacing Film
Authors: Jessica L. Wallick
Abstract: Bismaleimide (BMI) adhesives and prepregs are key materials for aerospace structures due to their high temperature capabilities and chemical and environmental resistance compared to their epoxy counterparts. In some applications, where BMIs are predominately utilized for their high Tg and mechanical properties, there is also a need to provide good surface quality and lightning strike protection (LSP). While epoxy based films for surfacing and LSP are very prevalent in the industry, there are minimal options available for BMI composite structures. In this paper, a novel BMI-based composite structure that provides excellent surfacing, fluid resistance and LSP will be discussed. The potential for incorporating lightweight surfacing films into BMI composites for surfacing and LSP in high temperature applications will be demonstrated.
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Conference: SAMPE NEXUS 2021
Publication Date: 2021/06/29
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