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dc.contributor.authorMirzaei, Shokoufeh
dc.contributor.authorKrishnan, Krishna K.
dc.contributor.authorKobtawy, Charbel Al
dc.contributor.authorRoberts, Jeffrey
dc.contributor.authorPalmer, Eric
dc.identifier.citationMirzaei, S., Krishnan, K., Al Kobtawy, C., Roberts, J., & Palmer, E. (2021). Heat transfer simulation and improvement of autoclave loading in composites manufacturing. International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, doi:10.1007/s00170-020-06573-3en_US
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dc.description.abstractComposite manufacturing has proven to be a quintessential process for the improvement of a spectrum of industries from medical to automotive, and aerospace. Most composite manufacturing processes include a two-step process, lay-up, and autoclave curing. The autoclave process is often long and expensive. Therefore, improving its efficiency can reduce the production cost and increase the throughput significantly. However, there is a scarcity of studies in the literature that tackle production improvement of vacuum bag/autoclave molding processes. Thus, in this paper, in collaboration with an industry partner, the effect of quantity, location, and orientation of parts inside an autoclave on the curing cycle is investigated both computationally and experimentally. The objective is to improve the production rate without compromising quality. The quality of parts is being represented by their heat-up rate throughout the curing cycle. The results showed that, for a specific scenario, doubling the number of parts inside the autoclave could slow down the heat transfer without significantly affecting the heat-up rates. As a result, the lag could be negligible for the increase in the production rate that it provides.en_US
dc.publisherSpringer Natureen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesThe International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology;
dc.subjectAutoclave curing cycleen_US
dc.subjectComposites manufacturingen_US
dc.subjectDesign of experimentsen_US
dc.subjectNumerical simulationen_US
dc.titleHeat transfer simulation and improvement of autoclave loading in composites manufacturingen_US
dc.rights.holderCopyright © 2021, The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer-Verlag London Ltd. part of Springer Natureen_US

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