Electron beam curing technology for advanced composites has emerged as a credible and attractive alternative to thermal curing for most composite products. Technical advantages, e.g., for aerospace structures, include curing at room temperature, using low-cost tooling, and the ability to fabricate large integrated structures. Here, both theoretical and practical aspects of electron beam curing of composites are comprehensively covered, with the intention to bridge the gap between academic knowledge and industrial applications. The reader is introduced to fundamental information regarding curing reactions, to material requirements and parameters affecting EB curing, and the analysis of current molding technologies combined with EB curing. A description of research projects and the main topics they address as well as examples of EB curing applications within the composite industry are also presented.
M.Sc. Felipe Wolff-Fabris Mr. Wolff-Fabris started his materials engineering studies at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil in 1999. In 2002, he was selected to participate in a double degree programme at the Ecole Centrale de Nantes in France. Under this programme, he had the opportunity to spend more than two years in France to pursue academic study and collaborative research. His diploma thesis was focused on thermoplastic composites and specifically looked into the functionalization of silane coupling agents for glass fibre reinforced polyethylene. In August 2005, he successfully earned his Master´s degree (Diplôme d'Ingénieur). Subsequently, Mr. Wolff-Fabris joined the Department of Polymer Engineering at the University of Bayreuth, Germany, as scientific member, and in 2007, he became leader of the group "Thermosetting Polymers and Composites"
Prof Dr.-Ing. Volker Altstädt After his university studies in physics and Dr.-Ing. in 1987 with Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ehrenstein at the department of Mechanical Engineering in Kassel, he worked as a group leader for 8 years in the Department of Polymer Physics under the Polymer Research Division of BASF AG in Ludwigshafen. Since 1995 he has been a full Professor for Polymers in Mechanical Engineering and head of the Department of Polymers and Polymer Composites at the Technical University Hamburg-Harburg, Germany. Since 2000, he has been the head of the Department of Polymer Engineering at the University of Bayreuth, Germany.
Dr. Ulrich Arnold Ulrich Arnold studied chemistry at the University of Heidelberg, Germany and received his Ph.D. in 1998. After a postdoctoral stay at the State University of Campinas (Sao Paulo, Brazil) he moved to the Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, in 2001. He is group leader at the Department of Technical Chemistry and his research activities focus on catalysis (development of catalyst systems based on organic polymers) and polymer