Volume 7, Issue 2 (June 1985)

    Laboratory Production of Discontinuous-Aligned Fiber Composite Plates Using an Autoclave-Style Press Cure

    CODEN: CTROAD

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    Abstract

    The objectives of this article are twofold: to describe a procedure that we have developed for producing laboratory quantities of discontinuous-aligned fiber composite materials and to discuss the autoclave-style press cure as an inexpensive laboratory-scale alternative to the industrial autoclave cure. We have produced discontinuous-aligned fiber composite plates from continuous fiber prepreg tapes of graphite/epoxy, Kevlar/epoxy, and boron/epoxy using a vacuum-bagged mold in a small laboratory press. Procedures and apparatus are described, and the quality of autoclave-cured samples is compared with that of autoclave-style press cured samples.


    Author Information:

    Deobald, LR
    Professor and graduate assistants, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID

    Gibson, RF
    Professor and graduate assistants, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID

    Suarez, SA
    Professor and graduate assistants, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID


    Stock #: CTR10294J

    ISSN: 0884-6804

    DOI: 10.1520/CTR10294J

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    Title Laboratory Production of Discontinuous-Aligned Fiber Composite Plates Using an Autoclave-Style Press Cure
    Symposium , 0000-00-00
    Committee D30