Accelerated microwave curing of fibre-reinforced thermoset polymer composites for structural applications: A review of scientific challenges

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dc.contributor.author Mgbemena, Chinedum Ogonna
dc.contributor.author Li, Danning
dc.contributor.author Lin, Meng-Fang
dc.contributor.author Liddel, Paul Daniel
dc.contributor.author Katnam, Kali Babu
dc.contributor.author Kumar, Vijay Thakur
dc.contributor.author Nezhad, Hamed Yazdani
dc.date.accessioned 2018-09-25T10:44:00Z
dc.date.available 2018-09-25T10:44:00Z
dc.date.issued 2018-09-12
dc.identifier.citation Mgbemena CO, Li D, Lin MF, et al., Accelerated microwave curing of fibre-reinforced thermoset polymer composites for structural applications: A review of scientific challenges. Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, Volume 115, December 2018, pp. 88-103 en_UK
dc.identifier.issn 1359-835X
dc.identifier.uri https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compositesa.2018.09.012
dc.identifier.uri http://dspace.lib.cranfield.ac.uk/handle/1826/13487
dc.description.abstract Accelerated curing of high performance fibre-reinforced polymer (FRP) composites via microwave heating or radiation, which can significantly reduce cure time and increase energy efficiency, has several major challenges (e.g. uneven depth of radiation penetration, reinforcing fibre shielding, uneven curing, introduction of hot spots etc). This article reviews the current scientific challenges with microwave curing of FRP composites considering the underlying physics of microwave radiation absorption in thermoset-matrix composites. The fundamental principles behind efficient accelerated curing of composites using microwave radiation heating are reviewed and presented, especially focusing on the relation between penetration depth, microwave frequency, dielectric properties and cure degree. Based on this review, major factors influencing microwave curing of thermoset-matrix composites are identified, and recommendations for efficient cure cycle design are provided. en_UK
dc.language.iso en en_UK
dc.publisher Elsevier en_UK
dc.rights Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International *
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/ *
dc.subject Microwave curing en_UK
dc.subject Thermosetting polymers en_UK
dc.subject Depth of penetration en_UK
dc.subject Dielectric constant en_UK
dc.subject Fibre-reinforced polymer composite en_UK
dc.title Accelerated microwave curing of fibre-reinforced thermoset polymer composites for structural applications: A review of scientific challenges en_UK
dc.type Article en_UK


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