Research Equipment Activities: 2008


Acquisition of Equipment for Composite Manufacturing Laboratory



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Matching Research Agency

Spirit Aerosystems

Principal Investigator

K. Chandrashekhara, Curator's Professor
231 Toomey Hall
Missouri University of Science and Technology
Rolla MO 65409

Student Involvement

Several students

Project Objective

To acquire a Metering Unit for Pultrusion Process and Fixtures for Composite Testing


Project Abstract

An interdisciplinary team of faculty has been formed to upgrade the Composite Manufacturing and Testing Facilities at Missouri S&T. The Metering Unit will be useful to manufacture composite pultruded parts using two part polyurethane resin system. The current pultrusion manufacturing facility is restricted to epoxy, polyester and vinyl ester resin systems. The Metering Unit will enable us to manufacture composite parts using polyurethane resin system. Composite test fixtures are required to conduct specialized tests like Compression after Impact, Open Hole Compression and Interlaminar Shear.


Task Description


Anticipated Benefits

The Metering Unit and Test Fixtures will enhance the composite research activities at Missouri S&T. Faculty and students of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, and Chemistry will be able to use the equipment. The equipments will also be available for NUTC projects and other research projects at Missouri S&T.


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Project Start Date:
Project End Date:11/12/2009

Relationship to other Research/Projects


The equipment will be useful to manufacture and test FRP structures


Technology Transfer Activities

The equipment requested will be useful for the students enrolled in the composite materials course.


Transportation Research Board Keywords

Pultrusion process, test fixtures, FRP structures