Processing of composites using variable and fixed frequency microwave facilities

Ku, Harry S. and Yusaf, Talal (2008) Processing of composites using variable and fixed frequency microwave facilities. Progress in Electromagnetic Research B, PIERB . pp. 185-205. ISSN 1937-6472


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[Abstract]: This paper starts with the characteristics and advantages of microwaves processing. The shortcomings of fixed frequency, typically at 2.45 GHz were also mentioned. On account of this, the newly developed variable frequency microwave (VFM) fabrication was mentioned and adopted in place of the fixed frequency process. Three cases of fixed frequency microwave processing of materials were described; the characteristics and pros of each case was mentioned and commented. Four cases of processing materials using variable frequency microwave facility (VFMF) were mentioned; the advantages and limitations of each case were discussed. The microwave processing of materials provides improved mechanical, physical and electrical properties with much reduced processing time. Furthermore, variable frequency microwave processing is more superior to its fixed frequency counterpart except that the cost of the facilities of the former is much higher than the latter at this point in time but it appears that the price will drop in the coming ten years.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Deposited with permission of publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering
Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2008 04:43
Last Modified: 29 Aug 2014 06:21
Uncontrolled Keywords: fixed frequency microwaves, variable frequency microwaves, polystyrene, glass fibre, Araldite and carbon fibre
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091202 Composite and Hybrid Materials

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