Optimization of autoclave curing of composites: an expert system approach

Elizabeth Watkins, Susan C Mantell, Peter R. Ciriscioli

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Abstract

An autoclave cure model, designated OPTIMIZER, has been developed which provides the optimum cure cycle for laminated composite plates. The cure cycle is optimized based on resin reaction kinetics, laminate compaction, and minimum cure cycle time criteria. The foundation of the model is a rule based expert system which has been successfully used as a real time closed loop autoclave controller. The expert system controller is designed to achieve a fully compacted laminate in the shortest cure cycle time. The temperature gradient within the laminate is closely monitored to prohibit an exotherm. The unique approach allows manufacturers to determine the minimum processing time for both thick and thin laminates without sacrificing part quality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationASME Materials Division
EditorsM.C. Boyce
PublisherASME
Pages931-946
Number of pages16
Volume69-2
StatePublished - Dec 1 1995
EventProceedings of the 1995 ASME International Mechanical Congress and Exposition - San Francisco, CA, USA
Duration: Nov 12 1995Nov 17 1995

Other

OtherProceedings of the 1995 ASME International Mechanical Congress and Exposition
CitySan Francisco, CA, USA
Period11/12/9511/17/95

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