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Systems for Curing Resins by Microwaves

  • Tuesday, 31st July 2012
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AIMPLAS coordinated European project MAC-RTM, funded by the European Union under the Seventh Framework Programme, is aiming to cover the development of an innovative system for curing resins through microwaves.

The project, which began on November 1st 2011, says it will develop promising technology that will be optimised by using powerful simulation tools of filling and interaction between the electromagnetic field and the resin. The project expects to develop an integrated, technically innovative, ecological and economically feasible system.

According to AIMPLAS, the developments in MAC-RTM will allow the adaptation to resins processed by RTM and RTM light in order to produce medium-volume components with the following advantages:

  • Reduction of the cycle time by 40 %, leading to increase productivity and efficiency.
  • Decrease energy consumption by 70 %.
  • Reduce styrene emissions by 90 % in comparison with open-mould processes.
  • Increase polymerization level by 100 %.
  • Reduce mould costs by 30 %.
  • Reduce material usage, since parts over-sizing is not necessary.

The research has duration of 2 years, and AIMPLAS expects completion in October2013.


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