Thermo-rheological behavior of polymer matrix composites during curing processes

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The mechanical properties of thermosetting resins strongly depend on the curing process itself and, hence, it is important to understand the effects of temperature distributions and degree of cure on the mechanical behavior of polymeric matrix composites. Moreover, the understanding of rheological changes during the curing process is essential for the manufacturing process optimization. In this paper, the chemo-rheological behavior of AS/3501-6 graphite/epoxy during the cure process is presented. Dynamic mechanical analyses are employed to determine complex dynamic moduli of composites during the curing process. These experimental results reveal the strong material property dependence on temperature, frequency (time) and degree of cure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1166-1170
Number of pages5
JournalCollection of Technical Papers - AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics and Materials Conference
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 1997 38th AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference. Part 4 (of 4) - Kissimmee, FL, USA
Duration: Apr 7 1997Apr 10 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Architecture
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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