SIMULATION OF COMPRESSION MOLDING FOR FIBER-REINFORCED THERMOSETTING POLYMERS.

Ching Chih Lee, F. Folgar, C. L. Tucker

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Abstract

A model is presented for the flow, heat transfer, and curing that occurs during compression molding of reinforced thermoset polymers. The model applies to thin parts with slowly varying thickness and arbitrary planar geometry. Non-Newtonian fluid behavior, temperature dependent viscosity, and the heat liberated by curing are all rigorously accounted for. A finite element computer program implementing the model for isothermal Netwonian and power law fluids has been written, and some sample results are given. Unique features of the simulation allow it to run without operator interaction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)114-125
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of engineering for industry
Volume106
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1984

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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