Composite curing technology eliminates need for autoclaves


A new method for curing advanced composites that is less expensive and requires 500 to 1000 times less energy than the conventional processes has helped two Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, MI) mechanical engineering students win first place at the annual Student Manufacturing Design Competition held by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). The doctoral students, Casey Hoffman and Jaron Kuppers, won top honors for their Specialized Elastomeric Tooling (SET) process.

Hoffman, who invented the SET process, received his bachelor's degree in physics from Moravian College (Bethlehem, PA), and his master's degree in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer. Kuppers, who added a computational 3D modeling aspect to the project to optimize the shape of molds used in the SET process, received his bachelor's degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and master's degree from Rensselaer....
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