Computerised Design Approach to a Sub-Press Mould for Composite Materials Manufacture

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This paper focuses on the design of a sub-press mould mounted on a 100-Tonne hydraulic press during compression moulding of composite materials manufacturing process. The sub-press consisting of platens, punch and mould, and guide columns were designed using Microsoft Visual Basic software to minimize time wastages in trail-and-error procedures and mould modifications resulting after the mould is manufactured. Graphical representations of variables which were used in the design such as: platen thickness, guide pin dimensions, clamping force, heat supply, heat losses, and heating element were obtained. The program developed was tested on a solved example in a standard textbook and the result obtained compared well with the result in the book.

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Periodical:

Advanced Materials Research (Volumes 62-64)

Edited by:

Prof. A.O. Akii Ibhadode, A.I. Igbafe and B.U. Anyata

Pages:

700-707

DOI:

10.4028/www.scientific.net/AMR.62-64.700

Citation:

I. M. Dagwa and A.O. A. Ibhadode, "Computerised Design Approach to a Sub-Press Mould for Composite Materials Manufacture", Advanced Materials Research, Vols. 62-64, pp. 700-707, 2009

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February 2009

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