Advanced electron beam curing systems and recent composite armored vehicle results

Daniel L. Goodman, Catherine A. Byrne, Giuseppe R. Palmese

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Electron Beam (EB) curing of fiber-reinforced polymer composites offers significant advantages for fabricating a variety of aerospace and ground vehicle components. The EB curing process greatly reduces the time required to cross-link the polymer matrix compared to conventional heat curing. The process allows curing at room temperature for high throughput and reduced residual stresses for good part fit-up. Science Research Laboratory (SRL) has developed materials, processes and electron accelerator technology for high energy electron beam curing of advanced composites. EB curing is currently performed in facilities designed for other uses, such as cross-linking of wire or sterilization of medical products. The first part of this article describes requirements and design procedures for a facility dedicated to EB composite curing. The second part describes recent SRL progress in fabrication of EB-curable armored panels for the Composite Armored Vehicle (CAV).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)515-525
Number of pages11
JournalInternational SAMPE Symposium and Exhibition (Proceedings)
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 1997 42nd International SAMPE Symposium and Exhibition. Part 1 (of 2) - Anaheim, CA, USA
Duration: May 4 1997May 8 1997

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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