A two-layer model for the simulation of the vartm process with resin distribution layer

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Abstract

Vacuum assisted resin transfer molding (VARTM) is one of the important processes to fabricate high performance composites. In this process, resin is drawn into the mold to impregnate the fiber reinforcement to a form composite. A resin distribution layer with high permeability was often introduced on top of the fiber reinforcement to accelerate the filling speed. Due to the difference of the flow resistance in the resin distribution layer and the reinforcement as well as the resulting through thickness transverse flow, the filling flow field is intrinsically three-dimensional. This study developed a two-layer model with two-dimensional formulation to simulate the filling flow of the VARTM process with a resin distribution layer. Two-dimensional flow was considered in each layer and a transverse flow in the thickness direction was estimated between the two layers. Thermal analysis including the transverse convection was also performed to better simulate the temperature distribution.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1305-1319
Number of pages15
JournalApplied Composite Materials
Volume20
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Dec 1

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Resins
Resin transfer molding
Fiber reinforced materials
Vacuum
Composite materials
Thermoanalysis
Flow fields
Reinforcement
Temperature distribution

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  • Ceramics and Composites

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In: Applied Composite Materials, Vol. 20, No. 6, 01.12.2013, p. 1305-1319.

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