Composite articles comprising in-situ-polymerisable thermoplastic material and processes for their construction

A Doyle (Inventor), J Lee (Inventor), E Archer (Inventor), K Doyle (Inventor), P Feerick (Inventor), S Coll (Inventor), C O'Bradaigh (Inventor), A Murtagh (Inventor), P Mallon (Inventor), W Stanley (Inventor)

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Abstract

A process for the manufacture of a composite article is described wherein the process comprises the steps of (i) providing on a tool (22) a fibrous material (14) having associated therewith in at least one region thereof an in-situ polymerisable non- fibrous form of a thermoplastic material; (ii) applying heat and a vacuum to said material; and additionally (iii) drawing into the fibrous material, from a source external to the tool, additional thermoplastic pre-polymer material. The process described is particularly useful for the manufacture of a large composite structure such as thermoplastic composite wind turbine blade, for example.
Original languageEnglish
Patent numberPCT/IE2007/000069
Publication statusPublished - 24 Jan 2008

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    Doyle, A., Lee, J., Archer, E., Doyle, K., Feerick, P., Coll, S., O'Bradaigh, C., Murtagh, A., Mallon, P., & Stanley, W. (2008). Composite articles comprising in-situ-polymerisable thermoplastic material and processes for their construction. (Patent No. PCT/IE2007/000069). http://uir.ulster.ac.uk/9673/1/COMPOSITE_ARTICLES_COMPRISING_IN.doc