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Document Type

Campus Access

Degree Program

Mechanical Engineering

Degree Type

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (M.S.M.E.)

Year Degree Awarded

2012

Month Degree Awarded

May

Keywords

Finite Volume Method, heat transfer simulation, cure kinetics

Abstract

In our study, the Finite Volume Method (FVM) is successfully implemented to simulate thermal process of polymerization. This application is verified based on the obtained plots compared with those from other two methods as well as experimental data. After the verification, a method is developed to optimize heat history in order to reduce processing time and in the meantime to maintain the uniformity of cure state. Also sensitivities of cure state to different parameters are examined. Besides, a correlation between temperature and the degree of polymerization profile on sample surface is found using on-line monitoring method.

First Advisor

Robert Hyers

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