Advanced Composite Techniques, by Zeke Smith

Advanced Composite Techniques

by Zeke Smith

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ISBN-13:
9780964282841
Copyright Date:
2005
Pages:
376
Binding:
Paperback
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This book will teach the non-engineer aircraft technician and homebuilder how to make very light weight, high performance composite structures using simple techniques and widely available materials. Simple vacuum-bagging techniques using flat tools are described in detail. Then a 17 step self teaching course allows the reader to progress from the simplest flat open layup to a full-scale, closed wing section.

The basic technique taught is the cored skin, where thin glass skins are bonded to thick but light weight cores; thus producing very stiff, efficient, light weight panels. Several different techniques for forming and bonding these panels are also described.


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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

  • Basic Principles of Composites
  • Panels
  • Environmental factors
    • basic materials
  • Overview of Technique
    • handling and cutting glass cloth
    • measuring and mixing resin
    • wetting out
    • handling core materials
    • basic vacuum bagging components
  • Material Handling
    • shop safety
    • measuring epoxy
    • glass cloth
    • tinting resin
    • thixotropic fumed silica
    • working temperatures
  • Handling And Cutting Foam
    • cutting sheets
    • carving foam
    • attaching foam to forms
    • hot wire cutting
    • curved shapes
    • attaching foam to foam
    • bending unskinned foam sheets
    • bending thick flat panels
    • bending slotted sheets
  • Basic Lay-up Techniques
    • wetting-out techniques
    • the prepreg sandwich
    • wet glass tape
    • bonding fiber skins to foam
  • Flat Tool Vacuum Bagging
    • flat tool technique
    • basic vacuum bag process
  • Joints And Adhesives
    • trimmed cured skins
    • nature of adhesives
    • practical adhesives
    • bonded joints
    • alignment, clamping, and inspection
  • Taping and Basic Corners
    • tape making
    • corner bonding
  • Formed Curves and Corners
    • bending single skinned foam
    • folded corners
    • bending slotted sheets
    • short radius folded joints
    • the Vision Aircraft example
  • Flanges and Closing
    • the closing problem
  • Attachments
    • load transitions
  • Single Curved Molds
    • sheet molds
    • shaping the mold sheets
    • using a single curved mold
    • very shapely curved molds
  • Molding Techniques
    • small shop commercial practice
    • general principles
    • producing a part from a mold
  • Exercises
    • 1] basic open flat layup
    • 2] basic transfer layup
    • 3] basic vacuum bagging
    • 4] accurate prepregs
    • 5] flat sandwich laminate
    • 6] cored skin sandwich
    • 7] bonding panels
    • 8] vacuum release film experiment
    • 9] flat cored panels
    • 10] forming and joining
    • 11] mailbox door and finishing
    • 12] flat sided fuselage simulation
    • 13] single curved wing skin mold
    • 14] single curved wing skin
    • 15] wing skin ribs and webs
    • 16] bottom wing skin
    • 17] wing closing flanges
  • Appendix
    • common tools
    • temperature control
    • standard composite tools
    • measuring epoxy
    • foam tools
    • elementary beam theory
    • fibers, weaves, and matrices

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