High Performance Composite
Design and Manufacturing
Canada Research Chair - Tier 1

Feedback Control of Liquid Composite Molding Processes

Professor : François Trochu
Project coordinator : François LeBel, Ph.D. student

Abstract

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In the beginning employed mainly in the military field, thermosetting polymer-matrix composite materials are found now in a growing number of industrial applications. Their popularity knows a considerable growth in the fields of aerospace, transportation, medicine and the leisure. This is explained by their excellent mechanical performance in term of specific rigidity, their good soundproofing and electric properties, as well as a remarkable resistance to fatigue and corrosion. The principal obstacle with a generalization of their employment in many sectors remains the manufacturing costs, which remain prohibitive. However the high performance composite manufacturing by liquid composite moulding processes succeed in reducing much the manufacturing costs of these materials as opposed to more traditional manufacturing methods like autoclave curing.