What Makes up a Composite Autoclave System
Autoclaves used for composite bonding in the Aerospace, military and other high-performance industries must be built with extra care and attention to detail. These autoclaves are held too much greater standard than autoclave systems used for vulcanising, wood treatment, concrete curing, etc… as most of the parts produced in a composites autoclave end up as parts on the planes we all travel on and in the military protecting our troops.
These systems are internally insulated to keep the internal temperatures from directly reaching the shell of the or vessel wall thus providing a more controllable environment and ultimately higher performance during the heat up and cool down segments of a composites cure cycle.
HOW DID OUR AUTOCLAVE IN THE COMPOSITES INDUSTRIES
Through experience, our passion for improvement, our desire to build the most sought after composite bonding autoclave system in the world, we were able to achieve and deliver success. We developed the Autoclave, a finished product that has become the standard in composite
With the high cost of composite materials and tooling, the need for quality temperature uniformity becomes a great concern. For this purpose, the composites autoclave is equipped with an air transfer system and some are much better than others.
HOW IT CONTROLS
The composite autoclave utilizes an advanced control system called CPC to control the temperature, pressure, vacuum, and cure times based on engineered cure recipes and reading gathered from the sensors that are attached directly to the aerospace composite parts and tools during a cure cycle.
These sensors include fixed air and part thermocouples to monitor the temperature on the part and ambient air temperatures in the autoclave, vacuum transducers to monitor vacuum being applied to the part, and much more.
Composites autoclaves are designed to provide the quickest turnaround for each production load of composite parts. Production cycle times are directly dependent on the ability of the autoclave to transfer thermal energy into the part and tool load. This transfer can be improved by high air-speeds and uniform flow within the autoclave environment. With proven success as the industry leader in autoclave manufacturing.
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