Title page for ETD etd-08182009-040230

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Awa, Teck Wah
URN etd-08182009-040230
Title Design of a pultrusion die using a design optimization technique
Degree Master of Science
Department Mechanical Engineering
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
West, Robert L. Jr. Committee Chair
Nelson, Douglas J. Committee Member
Stern, Curtis H. Committee Member
Vick, Brian L. Committee Member
  • Pultrusion
Date of Defense 1991-02-02
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The objective of this study is to design a pultrusion die with a desired temperature proflle. Design optimization programs were developed to synthesize the number of cartridge heaters, power input and location of each cartridge heater for a laboratory-scale pultrusion die. This is the fust step in developing a pultrusion control process. Before this can be done, a thorough understanding of the pultrusion process is required. The parameters investigated are fiber-resin mixture, degree of curing, production temperature profile and pulling speed. It was found that these parameters are interrelated.

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