Optimal Curing for Thermoset Matrix Composites: Thermochemical and Consolidation Considerations

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A design sensitivity method is used to find optimal autoclave temperature and pressure histories for curing of thermoset-matrix composite laminates. The method uses a finite element simulation of the heat transfer, curing reaction, and consolidation in the laminate. Analytical sensitivities, based on the direct differentiation method, are used within the… (More)

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