Rapid composite tube manufacture utilizing the quickstep™ process

Silcock, Michael D., Garschke, Claudia, Hall, Wayne and Fox, Bronwyn 2007, Rapid composite tube manufacture utilizing the quickstep™ process, Journal of composite materials, vol. 41, no. 8, pp. 965-978, doi: 10.1177/0021998306067261.

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Title Rapid composite tube manufacture utilizing the quickstep™ process
Author(s) Silcock, Michael D.
Garschke, Claudia
Hall, Wayne
Fox, Bronwyn
Journal name Journal of composite materials
Volume number 41
Issue number 8
Start page 965
End page 978
Total pages 14
Publisher Sage Science Press
Place of publication Lancaster, Pa.
Publication date 2007-04-01
ISSN 0021-9983
Keyword(s) compression
dynamic mechanical thermal analysis (DMTA)
differential scanning calorimetry (DSC)
axial crushing
energy absorption
glass transition temperature
Summary In this study, a novel method for manufacturing composite tubes utilizing the QuickstepTM process has been developed. Tubes manufactured from `quick-cure' Toray G83C prepreg have demonstrated highly repeatable axial crush behavior with an average specific energy absorption (SEA) of 86 kJ/kg. The cure cycle is optimized by comparing the results from compression, dynamic mechanical thermal analysis (DMTA), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), and porosity testing. The tube lay-up is optimized using compression and porosity test results. The effect of changes in fiber-orientation on SEA is also investigated. Process development has resulted in a robust manufacturing method capable of producing fully cured, high performance composite tubes with a cure cycle of 7 min. This corresponds to a 95% reduction in time compared to an equivalent autoclave cycle.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/0021998306067261
Field of Research 091202 Composite and Hybrid Materials
Socio Economic Objective 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2007, SAGE Publications
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30004400

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