Continuing Professional Development Course:
  Resin Infusion

This course aims to give delegates a thorough practical understanding of the underlying principles and the practicalities of the group of processes known as “resin infusion”.

Resin infusion (RI) is a title that covers a burgeoning group of processes that use atmospheric pressure as both mould clamping and resin driving forces.  From bucket-and-brush boats to autoclaved aerospace structures, the composites industry finds itself drawn to this middle ground, in search of cost effective quality composite.

ACMC is a world leader in resin infusion training.  We have run courses in the UK, USA, Brazil and New Zealand for over 150 delegates in the last three years.  Over this time RI technology has moved on and the course has evolved, with a series of unique practical and classroom sessions.  60% of the course is spent in the laboratory with the delegates running experiments that will demonstrate the process's physical principles and practical constraints.  ACMC's 65-page colour Resin Infusion Manual accompanies the course.  There will be time to investigate individual issues in both lab and classroom.

Indicative course content:

Day 1 - Introduction

  • Introduction to composites.
  • Process overview; historical review; related and competing processes.
  • Processing equipment and ancillary materials.
  • Vacuum bagging demonstration.
  • Infusion demonstration.
  • Delegate's trial infusion

Day 2 - Principles

  • Physical principles of infusion; materials selection and specification; processing science and modelling.
  • Experimental Practice.
  • Experiment preparation (pressure, permeability, viscosity, flow and cure).
  • Experiment infusion.
  • Laminate quality evaluation; recording and analysis of experiments; microscopy.

Day 3 - Practice

  • Tooling design and adaptation.
  • Component manufacture (group problem).
  • Problem solving; process design; production aspects; workshop practice.
  • Modelling case studies.
  • De-moulding and inspection.
  • Infusion of cored laminates.
  • Analysis, discussion and conclusions

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