Air evacuation during vacuum bag only prepreg processing of honeycomb sandwich structures: In-plane air extraction prior to cure

Arthur Levy, James Kratz, Pascal Hubert*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Out-of-autoclave (OoA) prepregs offer good in-plane air permeability that enable efficient in-plane air-extraction. In this paper, OoA prepregs skins were applied to honeycomb sandwich structures, to act as in-plane air extraction media during the vacuum hold prior to cure. An in-plane extraction model was developed to predict the pressure drop in a honeycomb sandwich structure. The model was experimentally validated by measuring the local pressure in a 1 m long sandwich structure. The model provides design guidelines vacuum hold duration to achieve a given final pressure in the part prior to cure. Finally, the in-plane and transverse extraction strategies were compared for large parts. The in-plane extraction was faster for parts smaller than 0.4m.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)365-376
Number of pages12
JournalComposites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing
Volume68
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2015

Keywords

  • A. Honeycomb
  • C. Analytical modelling
  • E. Consolidation
  • E. Prepreg

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