Research of processing characteristics and mechanical properties of semi-prepreg RTM composites

Wei Dong Li, Gang Liu, Jian Wen Bao, Xiao Lan Hu, Xiao Su Yi

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Abstract

A novel semi-prepreg resin transfer molding (RTM) process was developed to address difficulties associated with RTM process and to improve the mechanical properties of the resulting composites. Unidirectional semi-prepregs exhibiting relatively good overlay characteristics were prepared via prepolymerization of bismaleimide resin followed by wet winding. The processing characteristics and mechanical properties of composites fabricated via semi-prepreg RTM technology were compared with those of composites produced using a normal-prepreg compression molding process. The results show that the laminates fabricated by the semi-prepreg RTM process are of better internal quality and have superior mechanical properties as compared with laminates fabricated by the normal-prepreg compression molding process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-62
Number of pages6
JournalHangkong Cailiao Xuebao/Journal of Aeronautical Materials
Volume34
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Mechanical properties
  • Preforming
  • RTM
  • Semi-prepreg

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry

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