Computer Controlled Flow Manipulation for Vacuum Infusion Processes
Methods and apparatus for vacuum infusing resin into a fabric preform within a mold. The methods comprise deploying a VIPR chamber to increase permeability in a desired location identified by predictive modeling as best to achieve a desired flow front geometry. Suitable apparatus comprise a VIPR chamber, an image detector for detecting resin flow fronts, a processor programmed to identify a desired location to deploy the VIPR chamber, and an automatic positioner for moving the VIPR chamber to the identified location.
ALMS JUSTIN B [US]; GLANCEY JAMES L [US]; ADVANI SURESH G [US]
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