Proof of Concept for Pultrusion Control by Cure Monitoring Using Resonant Ultrasound Spectroscopy

The increasing demand for low cost consistent quality composite materials, especially of
the automotive industry, creates the necessity for fast high quality processes. Pultrusion is one of the
processes that can fulfill this demand. While the process is highly automated, manufacturing parameters
still have to be chosen manually. The choice of line speed, mould temperature and injection pressure
is based on best practice and therefore requires manual optimization that results in cost intensive
manufacturing errors and suboptimal machine productivity. This paper presents a possible solution
for this problem by providing an on-line cure monitoring approach that allows to overcome this
challenge. Resonant Ultrasonic Spectroscopy (RUS) shows a high potential for in-line cure monitoring
inside the pultrusion tool. RUS has been adapted for the first time in a pultrusion process. This paper
focuses on the successful application of this technique to control the pultrusion process based on
the state of cure of the material inside of the tool. As one of the only techniques for in-line cure
monitoring which can be used continuously in closed tools despite high abrasion, it provides a new
insight into the pultrusion process.


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