About this Research Topic
Liquid composite molding (LCM) processes are considered as key low-pressure out-of-autoclave processing techniques for the manufacture of composite components for aerospace, automotive, marine, energy and many other industries. LCM processes involve layup of reinforcements onto a mold before a low-viscosity resin is injected through them. The process has many variants such as resin transfer molding (RTM), vacuum assisted RTM (VARTM) and compression RTM. Key materials and process parameters include matrix flow properties, reinforcement compaction response and permeability, physical fiber/matrix interactions and process control for the successful injection.
This Research Topic will be of high interest to the composites community, as well as materials and manufacturing industries. The aim is to gather submissions that will contribute to the in-depth knowledge transfer in the manufacture of advanced composite materials by LCM for a variety of different industries. Key goals of this special issue are to familiarize the readers with the latest technological advancements in liquid molding technologies and their related materials science aspects (such as interface modifications, heat and mass transfer, microstructural control, etc) , as well as the latest available characterization techniques, and to familiarize them with new process modeling and simulation tools used for LCM.
Areas to be covered in this Research Topic include but are not limited to:
• LCM process modeling and simulations
• Wetting and surface thermodynamics during LCM process
• Textiles and preforms for LCM
• Preform compaction and permeability characterization and optimization
• Thermoset and thermoplastic matrix development and characterization
• Process induced defects in LCM
• Processing of biocomposites using LCM
• Graphene, clays, carbon nanotubes and other nanomaterials as reinforcements
• Processing of foams and sandwich structures
• Virtual manufacturing and AI in LCM
Keywords: Liquid Composite Molding, Reinforcements, Permeability, Process Characterization, Process Modeling
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