Effect of In-Situ Compaction and UV-Curing on the Performance of Glass Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Composite Cured Layer by Layer

Beyene, Shiferaw D.
Ayalew, Beshah
Pilla, Srikanth
Journal Title
Journal ISSN
Volume Title
University of Texas at Austin

In this paper, the effect of in-situ compaction and UV-induced curing on the performance of fiber-reinforced diglycidyl ether bisphenol A (DGEBA) based epoxy is studied for a layer-by-layer curing process. The optimum percentage of photo-initiator concentration and UV-intensity were obtained by conducting a different experiment for each of them. Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy method is used to determine the degree of cure. Then, short beam shear (SBS) test is conducted to measure the inter-laminar shear strength of the cured product under different compaction load. The UV intensity and Photo-initiator concentration were kept constant during the test. The result showed that thick composite parts fabricated with in-situ compaction and UV curing process have showed increased inter-laminar shear strength with increased compaction load up to a certain point. An increase in compaction beyond this point decreased the interlaminar-shear strength.