Research Tool Hot-Melt Prepregger

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Produces unidirectional fiber/thermoset polymer prepreg tapes.

Unidirectional prepreg is made with the Research Tool hot-melt prepregger. Using continuous fibers, such as 12k carbon tow, a prepreg up to 12 inch width by 6 foot length is made with thermosetting resins, most notably aerospace grade epoxy resins. Consolidation is completed in the United McGill Minibonder autoclave, capable of 700oF at 300 psi yielding a part size up to 12 inch width by 36 inch length. The hot-melt prepregger combined with the autoclave gives the CMSC the ability to make advanced composites used in the aerospace industry.

Location: 
1120 Engineering Building