Continuing Professional Development Course:
This course offers a detailed study of the range of composites processes which involve vacuum consolidation. This includes wet lay up, prepreg and resin film infusion. The emphasis is on increasing participants' knowledge of currently used materials, and enhancing practical skills.
The course has been run successfully for several aerospace contractors in recent years.
The following topics will be addressed in the practical sessions:
Effect on laminate thickness, void content and properties of different debulk schedules and process variables. Observation of laminate quality. Thermal response of different tooling materials and designs. Effect of porous tooling on laminate quality. Effect of ramp rate on laminate cure. Sandwich panel manufacture. Core shaping; cocuring. Autoclave programming and temperature measurement.
Indicative course content:
The alternating lecture-practical structure is intended to be reasonably flexible, and more time can be spent in the laboratory if required.
Prepreg lay up
Vaccum breach unit insertion
Photos courtesy Tygavac Advanced Materials