Real-time monitoring of composites’ fabrication and in-service loading

Neha Chandarana, Constantinos Soutis, Matthieu Gresil

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The increased use of composites in critically loaded structural applications requires a bigger effort on the optimisation and reliability of the manufacturing process. A distributed optical fibre sensor is embedded in a fibre reinforced composite laminate, to give three sensing regions at different levels through-the-thickness of the plate. This study follows the resin infusion process during fabrication of the composite, monitoring the development of strain in-situ and in real time, and in addition to gain a better understanding of the resin rheology, identifying accurately the gelation point and polymerisation process that could lead to improved cure cycle. Mechanical four point bending demonstrates the sensitivity and versatility of the technique.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication14th International Conference on Fast Sea Transportation
Subtitle of host publicationFAST 2017
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Fast Sea Transportation 2017 - Nantes, France
Duration: 27 Sept 201729 Sept 2017
Conference number: 14th


ConferenceInternational Conference on Fast Sea Transportation 2017
Abbreviated titleFAST 2017

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