Numerical simulation of molding-defect formation during resin transfer molding

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Abstract

The present study investigated a numerical simulation of molding-defect formation during resin transfer molding using boundary element method and line dynamics. The proposed method enables to simulate small molding defects by increasing the node for required position during time evolution; thereby, the method computes high-resolution flow front without being affected by the initial mesh geometry. The method was applied to the radial injection RTM with single inlet, and it was confirmed by comparison with theoretical value based on Darcy’s law that the flow advancement was computed with high accuracy. In addition, the method was also applied to the flow advancement for inclusion problem with cylinder, and four-point injection problem. The simulated flow behavior, void formation, and shrinkage agreed with the results in references. Finally, the method was compared with experiments using two-point injection problem. The computed configuration of the flow front and weld line agreed well with the experimental results.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-32
Number of pages16
JournalAdvanced Composite Materials
Volume25
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 19 Dec 2016

Keywords

  • boundary element method
  • molding defect
  • numerical simulation
  • resin flow
  • resin transfer molding

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