Evaluation of laminate quality for Out of Autoclave manufacturing for a complex shaped crew door

Erin Quinlan, James Kratz, Leyla Farhang, Göran Fernlund, Stella Hughes, Timotei Centea, James Kay, Suong Van Hoa, Adam W. Smith, Stéphane Héroux, Rajan Desai, Pascal Hubert

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Abstract

This paper summarizes a industry-academic collaborative project to evaluate Out-of-Autoclave (OOA) prepreg material and its behavior during processing of complex parts. This was done by manufacturing two crew door demonstrator parts; one made from traditional epoxy autoclave cure prepreg while the other was with OOA prepreg. The goal was to evaluate the main differences between manufacturing with OOA prepreg versus standard prepreg material. The results from this study showed the impact of using sharp radii and difficult comers for both processing methods. Ultimately, this project established the capability to manufacture a part with OOA material that was of similar quality to the part manufactured with the traditional epoxy prepreg material.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAnnual Forum Proceedings - AHS International
PublisherAmerican Helicopter Society
Pages35-43
Number of pages9
Volume1
ISBN (Print)9781632666918
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event70th American Helicopter Society International Annual Forum 2014 - Montreal, QC, Canada
Duration: 20 May 201422 May 2014

Conference

Conference70th American Helicopter Society International Annual Forum 2014
CountryCanada
CityMontreal, QC
Period20/05/1422/05/14

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