Process parameters are currently under optimization:
Identification of maximum injection pressure in order to reduce cycle time (mould filling ) without fibre wash out;
Optimization of temperature distribution in the mould in order to reduce curing time;
Pressure control during injection in order to guarantee homogeneous impregnation and repeatability.
HP-RTM mold installed and tested at RiBa facilities.
Production of the set of high-volume process wheel to be tested following homologation standards was completed.
Production of the first automated high-volume process wheel at Fraunhofer ICT.
Production of the HP-RTM mold completed.
Successful preliminary testing campaign on prototypes manufactured with hand lay-up and autoclave technology using the same concepts adopted for the automated process. The OEM is fully supporting the consortium with further specific tests.
Definition of the pre-forming strategies and equipment completed.
Optimization of the tooling set-up through FEM simulation on the basis of the selected fibers, resin system and mold constraints. Evaulation of different injection strategies for optimal process performance.
Tooling concept was finalized.
The design and specification of the wheel with the OEM was defined.
Plates for fiber/resin/binder characterization including aging and creep condition have been produced and are currently under testing.