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Measurement of effective permeability of reinforcement mats using sensitivity analysis

Kuppusamy, Raghu Raja Pandiyan and Shinde, Shinde and Neogi, Swati (2012) Measurement of effective permeability of reinforcement mats using sensitivity analysis. In: POLYMER COMPOSITES, 33 (8). pp. 1445-1454.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/pc.22272


A methodology using sensitivity analysis is proposed to measure the effective permeability which includes the interaction of the resin and the reinforcement. Initially, mold-filling experiments were performed at isothermal conditions on the test specimen and the positions of the flow front were tracked with time using a flow visualization method. Following this, mold-filling experiments were simulated using a commercial software to obtain the positions of the flow front with time at the process conditions used for experiments. Several iterations were performed using different trial values of the permeability until the experimentally tracked and simulated positions of the flow front with time were matched. Finally, the value of the permeability thus obtained was validated by comparing the positions obtained by performing the experiments at different process conditions with the positions obtained by simulating the experiments. In this study, woven roving and chopped strand mats of E-class glass fiber and unsaturated polyester resin were used for the experiments. From the results, it was found that the measured permeabilities were consistent with varying process conditions. POLYM. COMPOS., 2012. (c) 2012 Society of Plastics Engineers

Item Type: Journal Article
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Chemical Engineering
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2012 06:51
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2012 06:51
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/44940

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