Microwave curing

Overview

Delivers direct heating to the part and does not require high pressure to be maintained inside the chamber and allows a better coefficient of thermal expansion to be achieved between the part and the mould which means that more accurate complex components can be obtained. The modular design of the microwave chambers allows them to be used in series so that materials can be passed through on a conveyor system. The equipment allows for metal items to be introduced into the process without the risk of arcing or damage. The process benefits from the heat up and cool down rates over a conventional autoclave.

Advantages

  • Quicker, more versatile and cost-efficient alternative to autoclave
  • Meets high production volume requirements
  • Reduces curing time by up to 70%
  • Less energy demands
  • Co-curing possible

Used on

  • Integrated wing programme