Advanced Process Monitoring of the In-mould Polymerization of a Thermoplastic Composite
N. Pantelelis, E. Bistekos
Synthesites, Piraeus, Greece
P. Gerard, Arkema, Lacq, France
Reactive thermoplastics has been always the way to replace the thermoset matrices in liquid composite moulding. However only with the introduction of the Elium® acrylic resin from Arkema, the in-situ polymerized thermoplastic composites have really found a sustainable path to mass production. In order to support the development and the use of this resin in composites manufacturing the incorporation of an advanced process monitoring system which has been used extensively in the intelligent process monitoring of thermoset composites has been employed. The Optimold cure monitoring system measures the resistivity and temperature of the resin which are directly correlated online to viscosity, degree of conversion and the glass transition temperature. The first lab-scale trials show the high potential of the sensor system for automating a significant part of the production mainly in the automotive and wind energy industries.
ITHEC 2018 Manuscript P04
Publication date: 01/10/2018
Manuscript P04 published in Conference Proceedings ITHEC 2018
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