Thickness and Reinforcement Fiber Content Control in Composites by Vacuum-

Report No. ARL-TR-3526
Authors: William A. Spurgeon
Date/Pages: June 2005; 38 pages
Note: Thickness and Reinforcement Fiber Content Control in Composites by Vacuum-Assisted Resin Transfer Molding Fabrication Processes
Abstract: This report presents two new vacuum-assisted resin transfer molding processes for fabricating polymer resin matrix composites. The processes enable the fabricator to control the volume percentage of reinforcement fiber from about 35% to 60%, depending on the weave style of the reinforcement. Control of the reinforcement content results in control of the thickness of the composite. The composites fabricated using these processes are also more uniform in fiber distribution than similar composites processed by previously available techniques.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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Last Update / Reviewed: June 1, 2005