Influence of Compressive Pressure, Vacuum Pressure, and Holding Temperature Applied during Autoclave Curing on the Microstructure of Unidirectional CFRP Composites
The microstructure (i.e., fibre volume fraction, void content, and fibre misalignment) of unidirectional carbon fibre-reinforced polymer (CFRP) composites was optimised by controlling several parameters during manufacture, namely: (i) compressive pressure (0.25~1.25 MPa, in steps of 0.25 MPa), (ii) vacuum pressure (−0.15, −0.20, −0.30, −0.45, and −0.65 MPa), and (iii) holding temperature (100~140 oC, in steps of 10 oC), applied during autoclave curing with the holding time being 30 minutes for all specimens. Optical micrographs captured from cross-sectional, through-the thickness areas, and in-plane areas of the resulting composites were evaluated and analysed in order to describe their microstructural characteristics.
Xiaozhi Hu, Brent Fillery, Tarek Qasim and Kai Duan
Sudarisman and I. J. Davies, "Influence of Compressive Pressure, Vacuum Pressure, and Holding Temperature Applied during Autoclave Curing on the Microstructure of Unidirectional CFRP Composites", Advanced Materials Research, Vols. 41-42, pp. 323-328, 2008