Host Institution: Brunel University London
The M-Cable project addresses the topic of novel microwave processing of composites. It proposes a new way of implementing MW heating in tools, utilising slotted coaxial cables. The concept enables delivery of MW heating to many processing environments such as autoclave, infusion, RTM and pultrusion. The energy used for processing can be adjusted according to the shape/geometry and size of the part, enabling considerable energy savings over conventional heating methods while benefiting by the high heating rates (cure cycle reduction) that can be achieved using instantaneous volumetric MW heating. The M-Cable project offers an innovative approach to implement the advantages of rapid MW heating in tooling for batch (autoclave, infusion) and continuous (pultrusion) composites manufacturing processes.