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. E-beam composite curing offers unique improvements over traditional thermal curing methods.
Applications of Curing Composite Materials
- Consumer applications
Benefits of Electron Beam Curing
- Shorter curing times
- Lower energy consumption
- Reduced volatile emissions
- Less expensive tooling materials
The curing of composites via electron beam can occur quickly at both ambient and sub-ambient temperatures. Electron beam processing not only increases throughput, 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.