Laminate thickness evolution during the resin infusion step of VARTM

Dingding Chen, Sangjae Yoon, Kazuo Arakawa, Masakazu Uchino

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Abstract

The entire infusion step in a vacuum-assisted resin transfer molding (VARTM) process was measured by a three-dimensional digital image correlation (DIC) testing system. The results showed that a stack of fibre reinforcements initially shrank and then expanded as the resin filled the cavities before closing the inlet. The full-field thickness change distribution calculated from 3D DIC revealed zones that were unsaturated, partly saturated, and fully saturated with resin.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)139-141
Number of pages3
JournalAdvanced Composites Letters
Volume23
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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    Chen, D., Yoon, S., Arakawa, K., & Uchino, M. (2014). Laminate thickness evolution during the resin infusion step of VARTM. Advanced Composites Letters, 23(6), 139-141.