Internal Model Control of a Domestic Microwave for Carbon Composite Curing

Green, J E, Nuhiji, B, Zivtins, K, Bower, P, Grainger, R V, Day, Richard and Scaife, R J (2017) Internal Model Control of a Domestic Microwave for Carbon Composite Curing. IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques, 65 (11). ISSN 0018-9480

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This paper outlines the conversion of a domestic microwave oven for use in composite curing applications. It compares several strategies for temperature control. The converted oven has vacuum ports, connectors, and fiber optic thermocouple sensors. Experimental data are provided for each control strategy based on a 200 mm× 200 mm eight-ply prepreg laminate. The degree of cure is established for the test samples by thermal analysis techniques. Multiphysics simulation is used to model the electromagnetic and heating effects in the system, and a common and inexpensive method of approximating the available microwave power is used. The low cost of the microwave components and the ease of conversion are desirable characteristicsin this application.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Automatic control, composite materials, epoxy resins, microwave heating, temperature control, Electromagnetic heating, Microwave ovens, Microwave theory and techniques, Microwave oscillators, Applicators
Divisions: Applied Science, Computing and Engineering
Depositing User: Mr Stewart Milne
Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2017 10:35
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2020 13:28

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