Eur. Phys. J. AP
Volume 16, Number 2, November 2001
|Page(s)||157 - 164|
|Section||Plasma, Discharges and Processes|
|Published online||15 November 2001|
Void fraction prevision in LCM parts
Laboratoire de Mécanique, Université du Havre, 76058 Le Havre, France
2 Hispano-Suiza Aerostructures, Hurel-Hispano, 76058 Le Havre, France
Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Revised: 4 September 2001
Accepted: 4 September 2001
Published online: 15 November 2001
The formation of defects during the LCM processing of composite parts depends on various injection parameters. Industrial users need to realize pieces with good physical and mechanical properties and appearance. This requires to predict what is named a “processability window”. This term defines a range of parameters which will ensure a nearly absence of defects. Knowing that most of the defects created during an injection are voids, a bibliographical background about the formation and removal of these voids is presented. An original model of void fraction prediction is developed. This model is based on an empirical analysis of void formation and of the flow behaviour. An experimental qualitative validation of the model is presented.The proposed model can be used as an effective prediction tool at the design stage of a composite part.
PACS: 81.05.Qk – Reinforced polymers and polymer-based composites / 83.50.Uv – Material processing (extension, molding, etc.) / 47.55.Mh – Flows through porous media
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