A mathematical model for RTM process simulations in geometries with irregular shapes

B Coutinho, V Bezerra, S Neto, A Lima

Abstract


Composites made by using RTM processes have attractive properties to aerospace and automotive industries. However, it is mandatory optimize all process parameters. Some mathematical models developed to predict fluid flow in porous media may be used as a support tool for laboratory studies. These models present complex sets of differential partial equations that may be solved numerically, via discretization methods. This work presents a mathematical model to predict resin and air flow in RTM processes. The finite volume method was used to discretize the equations written in boundary fitted coordinates, without the need for any front tracking algorithm. To validate the methodology, numerical results for flow front positions in rectilinear flows were compared to analytical data. The model was also employed to describe the fluid flow in geometries with arbitrary irregular boundaries.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1260/1750-9548.8.3.285

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