15th European Conference on Composite Materials pages:1-8
European Conference on Composite Materials
European Conference on Composite Materials edition:15 location:Venice, Italy date:24-28 June 2012
Regular composite production moulds often lack material and energy efficiency. These moulds either milled out of solid blocks or laminated over a master model, take long to produce and come at a high cost. In addition, the durability of laminated moulds is limited. The goal of this research is the development and technical-economical validation of faster producible, cheaper, longer lasting and material and energy efficient moulds based on plastically deformed metal sheets. Two equally spaced metal sheets are used to create a cavity through which a heat transferring fluid can flow, ensuring fast and homogenous cooling or heating resulting in reduced residual stresses in the produced composite material. Since the sheets are reasonably thin, less material has to undergo temperature changes resulting in a faster and a more energy efficient process with material-efficient moulds.