Globe Machine Manufacturing Co. (Tacoma, Wash., USA), which worked with Plasan Carbon Composites to develop the new RapidClave thermoset cure technology, will be among the speakers at Carbon Fiber 2013 and will outline the process' potential in aerospace applications.
CompositesWorld, publisher of High-Performance Composites and Composites Technology magazines, as well as the CompositesWorld Weekly newsletter, is hosting Carbon Fiber 2013 Dec. 9-12 at the Crowne Plaza Knoxville in Knoxville, Tenn., USA.
Sponsored by C.A. Litzler, Harper International, Knoxville Oak Ridge Innovation Valley, A&P Technology, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Toho Tenax America Inc., Oak Ridge Carbon Fiber Composites Consortium and Izumi International Inc., the conference includes a preconference seminar and a free tour of the Oak Ridge Carbon Fiber Technology Facility.
The Globe presentation will be made by Jim Martin, composite process and business development, and Ron Jacobson, vice president. Globe notes that after a successful carbon fiber composites process development effort for the 2014 Corvette Stingray program, the automotive production facility of Plasan Carbon Composites reveals that unidirectional carbon fiber epoxy prepreg materials and processes optimized for Class A body panels may be reintroduced to aerospace and industrial sectors as new and improved manufacturing solutions. Globe Machine Manufacturing Co. developed RapidClave from the ground up in response to the customer’s need to reduce part cost through dramatically reduced cure cycle time. Automotive body panels are generally not beholden to aerospace primary structure mechanical property requirements. This allowance enabled freer thinking specifically directed toward cycle time and surface finish. It was learned that historical, entrenched theory of material cure requirements may be deviated from, depending on application and process. Latest data will be presented to demonstrate accelerated cure of traditional aerospace carbon fiber/epoxy prepregs with full respect to maintenance of mechanical properties.
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