- Volume 19 Issue 2
Analysis of pultrusion process for the thermosetting composites containing volatiles was performed. Degree of cure, amount of volatile evolved and pulling force were calculated for the processing variables such as die temperature and pulling speed. Cure kinetics was modeled from the data obtained by DSC(Differential Scanning Calorimeter). The volatile evolution kinetics was modeled from the data by DSC as well as TGA(Thermo Gravimetric Analyzer). The cure kinetics and volatile evolution kinetics models were incorporated into the energy equation. The resulting governing equation was solved using finite element method. Pulling force was calculated through the analysis of pressure developed inside the pultrusion die. Experiments were performed and the data were compared with the calculated results. Good agreements were observed.