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EBB 427 Application and Technology of Engineering Polymers (Second Half

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Pre-preg Technology

Dr. Hazizan Md Akil School of Materials and Mineral Resources Engineering Engineering Campus, USM.

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to a reinforcement such as carbon. in solution or molten form. fiberglass or aramid fiber or cloth.Pre-preg Technology Introduction • Pre-pregging involves the application of formulated resin products. • The reinforcement is saturated by dipping through the liquid resin • In an alternate method called a Hot Melt Process the resin is impregnated through heat and pressure • The Hot Melt System uses resins with a very low percentage of solvents 2 .

This allows sheets to be stored (usually refridgerated) and used when necessary.Pre-preg Technology Introduction • The reactants are mixed and the fibers are coated and a a partial cure is achieved. 3 . • Prepreg is a ready-to-mould tape or sheet of fibres impregnated with partially cured resin. • Final cure is achieved with heat and usually pressure. • The sheets are cut to size and shape for hand lay-up. used to fill the mold or wrap the part. • The material can the be cut to shape.

• Final cure is achieved with heat and usually pressure.Pre-preg Technology Introduction • The reactants are mixed and the fibers are coated and a a partial cure is achieved. 4 . used to fill the mold or wrap the part. • Prepreg is a ready-to-mould tape or sheet of fibres impregnated with partially cured resin. This allows sheets to be stored (usually refridgerated) and used when necessary. • The sheets are cut to size and shape for hand lay-up. • The material can the be cut to shape.

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Pre-preg Technology Advantage • • • • Very precisely controlled fiber/resin ratios Highly controlled tack and drap (in thermoset matrices) Controlled resin flow during the cure process PREPREG materials can be produced and stored • Can be used in hand lay-up production 12 .

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