Thermomechanical characteristics of compacted and noncompacted plain weave woven laminated composites

Maryam H. Al-Kuwaiti, Abdel Hamid I. Mourad

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Nowadays, fiber reinforced composites are widely used in variety of industrial applications such as aircraft structures, automotive, pressure vessels and piping, etc. Aircraft standard fabrication process requires certain level of vacuum compaction (debulking) during the lay-up process, and a standard bagging method for curing in an autoclave. Every compacted component cured in an autoclave needs to be vacuum bagged employing edge breathers or bleeders and surface breathers. This process is repetitive and time consuming, and therefore needs further investigation. In this research, the combined effect of the removal of compaction and edge breathing on the thermomechanical behavior of plain weave woven laminated composites is studied. Tests have been conducted on 12 lamina plain weave composite specimens. Results indicated an insignificant difference on the thermomechanical properties between compacted and non-compacted specimens. Tensile, ILSS, flexural and DSC tests confirm that for the 12 lamina specimens compaction and edge breathing are not needed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDesign and Analysis
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
ISBN (Electronic)9780791857946
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventASME 2017 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference, PVP 2017 - Waikoloa, United States
Duration: Jul 16 2017Jul 20 2017

Publication series

NameAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers, Pressure Vessels and Piping Division (Publication) PVP
ISSN (Print)0277-027X


OtherASME 2017 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference, PVP 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Compacted
  • Composites
  • Mechanical properties
  • Non-compacted
  • Plain weave
  • Thermal properties
  • Thermomechanical properties
  • Woven

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering


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