Microwave processing of polymers and composites - Fundamentals and applications

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Abstract

Research has been conducted to investigate the mechanism of microwave enhancement of reaction rates. One approach is the comparative study of microwave curing of three epoxy systems to test the existence of "non-thermal effects". Another is the study of the temperature distribution at molecular level inside the material with microwave thermal-mechanical analysis system to investigate the effect of "localized superheating". Several microwave process concepts have been investigated to address the issue of the industrial application of microwave processing technology. Variable frequency approach has been studied to achieve intelligent control for uniform and fast material processing. A Part-Shaped mold has been designed and patented for RTM process. Microwave adhesive bonding has been evaluated.

LanguageEnglish (US)
Pages1-10
Number of pages10
JournalTechnical Paper - Society of Manufacturing Engineers. EM
Issue numberEM02-115
StatePublished - 2002

Profile

Microwaves
Composite materials
Polymers
Processing
Resin transfer molding
Intelligent control
Industrial applications
Reaction rates
Curing
Adhesives
Temperature distribution

Keywords

  • Localized superheating
  • Microwave
  • Non-thermal effects
  • Part-shaped mold
  • Polymers and composites
  • Variable frequency

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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