Variable frequency microwave (VFM) processing facilities and application in processing thermoplastic matrix composites

Ku, Harry S. and Siu, Fred and Siores, Elias and Ball, James A. R. and Blicblau, A. S. (2000) Variable frequency microwave (VFM) processing facilities and application in processing thermoplastic matrix composites. In: IMCC'2000: 9th International Manufacturing Conference in China: Innovation and Technology for the New Millennium, 16-17 Aug 2000, Hong Kong.


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[Abstract]: Microwave processing of materials is a relatively new technology advancement alternative that provides new approaches for enhancing material properties as well as economic advantages through energy savings and accelerated product development. Factors that hinder the use of microwaves in materials processing are declining, so that prospect for the development of this technology seem to be very promising [1]. The two mechanisms of orientation polarisation and interfacial space charge polarisation, together with dc. conductivity, form the basis of high frequency heating. Clearly, advantages in utilising microwave technologies for processing materials include penetration radiation, controlled electric field distribution and selective and volumetric heating. However, the most commonly used facilities for microwave processing materials are of fixed frequency, eg 2.45 GHz. This paper presents a state-of-the-art
review of microwave technologies, processing methods and industrial applications, using Variable Frequency Microwave VFM) facilities. This is a new alternative for microwave processing

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2008 02:04
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:03
Uncontrolled Keywords: Variable Frequency Microwave (VFM) facilities, characterisation, fibre reinforced thermoplastic matrix composite materials, bulk heating and penetrating radiation
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091202 Composite and Hybrid Materials

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