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The Resin Infusion Composites Reliability (RICoR) Laboratory

resin_infusion.jpgThe Advanced Structures and Composites Center’s Resin Infusion Composites Reliability (RICoR) Laboratory creates an integrated system for strictly controlled process development and fabrication of composite material parts and structural prototypes.  The RICoR lab is a unique and important R&D resource. The lab's environmental enclosure is designed to cover a wide range of processing conditions that may be encountered in composites fabrication, such as high/low ambient temperature and high/low RH. The lab allows faculty researchers to work with teams of undergraduate and graduate students in R&D projects supported by the National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research and the Army Corps of Engineers Research and Development Center among others. The Center researchers have been able to develop fundamental knowledge regarding fiber-reinforced polymer composite manufacturing processes and applications using the RICoR lab facilities.

 
Filament Winder

filament winder

Filament Winder - McLean-Anderson; max mandrel diameter: 24 in; max mandrel length: 13 ft; max mandrel weight: 500 lb; fiber types: glass, carbon and aramid.

 
Fabric Handler

Fabric Handling Station

Fabric Handling Station - Cutting Table, movable rack for reinforcement, and movable rack for bags, peel-ply, release film.

 
Vacuum Assisted Resin Transfer Molding (VARTM)

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Vacuum Assisted Resin Transfer Molding (VARTM) set-up -  Mobile laminating tables, portable vacuum pumps, portable hood and air purifier/filter.
 

 

 
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