Date of Award
Bachelor of Science
core, face, fiber, infusion, light
Sandwich structures are formed by separating load bearing face sheets with a light weight core material. This type of structural design is both strong and light, making for an extremely efficient structure. Sustainable sandwich structures made using face sheets of natural fiber mats and natural oil based resins separated by a fungal mycelia core. The vacuum infusion of resin into the fiber mats is investigated numerically using Star CCM+, a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) package. The methodology focuses on ease of use while emphasizing good modeling practices. The models generated are compared to the experimental results and provide a theoretical foundation for mold geometries conducive to even resin infusion.
Lapointe, Caelan, "CFD Modeling of the Flow of Resin into a Preform Mold of Carbon Fibers" (2015). Honors Theses. 347.