Optimal paramerers for curing graphite/epoxy composite laminates

Tai-Yan Kam*, F. M. Lai, H. F. Sher

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Abstract

The optimal curing parameters of a cure cycle for achieving maximum mechanical properties of Gr ep composite laminates are determined via a multi-level optimization approach. Laminated composite specimens cured under various pressures, temperatures and times are tested with an Instron testing machine. Test results are then used in the proposed multi-level optimization method to determine the optimal curing parameters. The effects of the curing parameters on the mechanical properties of the laminates are studied and discussed. It was found that a cure cycle with two pressure-temperature-time steps can yield composite laminates with comparatively good material properties.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)357-363
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Materials Processing Tech.
Volume48
Issue number1-4
DOIs
StatePublished - 15 Jan 1995

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