Electron beam curing of adhesives and resins is an emerging technology offering significant advantages for the rapid manufacturing of a variety of composite structures and components for aerospace, automotive, and consumer applications.
E-beam composite curing offers important improvements over traditional thermal curing methods, including:
- Shorter curing times
- Lower energy consumption
- Reduced volatile emissions
- Less expensive tooling materials
Composite curing via electron beam can occur quickly at both ambient and sub-ambient temperatures. Electron beam processing not only increases through-puts, but it also allows a high level of control over e-beam doses and the composite curing energy-absorption profile.
E-beam cured materials possess excellent mechanical properties, even after thermal or cryogenic cycling.