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Tikrit Journal of Engineering Sciences (2010) 17(1) 1- 9
Mathematical Model For Autoclave Curing of Unsaturated Polyester Based Composite Materials
|Adnan A. Abdul Razak|
|Chemical Eng. Dept., University of Technology, Iraq|
Heat transfer process involved in the autoclave curing of fiber-reinforced thermosetting composites is investigated numerically. A model for the prediction of the temperature and the extent of the reaction across the laminate thickness during curing process in the autoclave of unsaturated polyester based composite has been developed. The governing equation for one dimensional heat transfer, and accounting for the heat generation due to the exothermic cure reaction in the composites had been used. It was found that the temperature at the central of the laminate increases up to the external imposed temperature, because of the thermal conductivity of the resin and fiber. The heat generated by the exothermic reaction of the resin is not adequately removed; the increase in the temperature at the center increases the resins rate reaction, which in turn generates more heat.
Keywords: Mathematical model, autoclave, curing, composite, unsaturated poly ester.