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.

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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
Publisher Sage Science Press (UK)
Place of publication Lancaster, Pa.
Publication date 2007-04-01
ISSN 0021-9983
1530-793X
Keyword(s) compression
dynamic mechanical thermal analysis (DMTA)
differential scanning calorimetry (DSC)
manufacture
crashworthiness
composite
tubes
axial crushing
specific
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
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

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Centre for Material and Fibre Innovation
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