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dc.contributor.authorSummerscales, John
dc.contributor.authorQin, Y
dc.contributor.authorGraham-Jones, Jasper
dc.contributor.authorMENG, MAOZHOU
dc.contributor.authorPemberton, Richard

A significant majority of large fibre composite structures in the marine environment currently use a thermoset resin matrix. These materials have excellent durability in the sea, but are difficult to dispose of at end-of-life. After a rigorous selection process [1], methyl methacrylate and lactide monomers have been identified as potential thermoplastic matrix systems which can be manufactured using in situ polymerisation (ISP) during composite manufacture by liquid composite moulding (LCM) processes. LCM includes resin transfer moulding (RTM) for components up to about 3 m square, then Infusion under Flexible Tooling (RIFT for resins, or MIFT for monomers). The acrylic is a “drop in” for polyester resin, but lactide requires elevated temperature processes. At end of life, acrylic is lower in the recycling hierarchy.

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dc.subjectin situ polymerisation (ISP)
dc.subjectLarge structures
dc.subjectMarine environment
dc.subjectMonomer Infusion under Flexible Tooling (MIFT)
dc.subjectThermoplastic matrix
dc.titleIn situ polymerisation during monomer infusion under flexible tooling (MIFT)
plymouth.organisational-group/Plymouth/Faculty of Science and Engineering
plymouth.organisational-group/Plymouth/Faculty of Science and Engineering/School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics
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plymouth.organisational-group/Plymouth/Research Groups/Marine Institute
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dc.publisher.placeFifth International Symposium on Automated Composites Manufacturing
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plymouth.funderInterreg SeaBioComp ~ Development and demonstrators of durable biobased composites for a marine environment::European Regional Development Fund under the Interreg 2 Seas Mers Zeeën programme for the period 2019-2023.

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