How to Make a Composite—Wet Layup

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Hall, W
Javanbakht, Z
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2021
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This chapter introduces the six basic steps needed to design and make a fibre-reinforced composite (FRC): (1) fibre and matrix selection; (2) mould preparation; (3) layup and consolidation; (4) curing (and post-curing); (5) demoulding; and (6) post-processing (finishing). These six steps are considered using a simple wet layup process for a flat unidirectional (UD) composite. The mechanical performance of the composite is estimated based on the rule of mixtures (RoM), inverse rule of mixtures (IRoM) and Kelly-Tyson (KT) models from Chap. 2. A description of the wet layup process is offered and discussed in the context of the options available to a composite fabricator. The chemical crosslinking processes for polyester, vinylester and epoxy are presented. Consideration is given to demoulding the FRC and to the post-processing options. The use of gelcoat, flow coat and paint are mentioned in the context of a broader discussion on surface finishing of FRC. The outcome of the chapter is a step-by-step design and manufacturing method that is easily replicated.

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Design and Manufacture of Fibre-Reinforced Composites
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158
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Hall, W; Javanbakht, Z, How to Make a Composite—Wet Layup, Advanced Structured Materials, 2021, 158, pp. 33-53
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