Numerical modelling of the flow in the resin infusion process on the REV scale: A feasibility study

Mirmasoud Jabbaribehnam, V. A. Jambhekar, A. R. Gersborg, Jon Spangenberg, Jesper Henri Hattel, R. Helmig

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Abstract

The resin infusion process (RIP) has developed as a low cost method for manufacturing large fibre reinforced plastic parts. However, the process still presents some challenges to industry with regards to reliability and repeatability, resulting in expensive and inefficient trial and error development. In this paper, we show the implementation of 2D numerical models for the RIP using the open source simulator DuMuX. The idea of this study is to present a model which accounts for the interfacial forces coming from the capillary pressure on the so-called representative elementary volume (REV) scale. The model is described in detail and three different test cases - a constant and a tensorial permeability as well as a preform/Balsa domain - are investigated. The results show that the developed model is very applicable for the RIP for manufacturing of composite parts. The idea behind this study is to test the developed model for later use in a real application, in which the preform medium has numerous layers with different material properties.
Original languageEnglish
Article number030051
JournalA I P Conference Proceedings Series
Volume1738
ISSN0094-243X
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event13th International Conference of Numerical Analysis and Applied Mathematics 2015 (ICNAAM 2015) - Rhodes, Greece
Duration: 22 Sep 201528 Sep 2015
http://icnaam.org/

Conference

Conference13th International Conference of Numerical Analysis and Applied Mathematics 2015 (ICNAAM 2015)
LocationRhodes,
Country/TerritoryGreece
Period22/09/201528/09/2015
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Keywords

  • Fluid flow
  • Porous media
  • Resin infusion
  • REV scale

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