An autoclave is a vessel that keeps its content under pressure at controlled temperatures for specified periods of time. Additional mold pressure capabilities are enabled using vacuum ports which are accessible from inside the autoclave. Cure Schedules (also called Cure Profiles) are computer-controlled sequences of specified temperatures, pressures, and durations. The autoclave composite process typically utilizes Pre-Preg Lay Up in a mold. Composiflex’s autoclave and oven equipment is pyrometry compliant to AMS2750.
Computer-controlled cure profiles ensure process repeatability and consistency. Composiflex has Nadcap Prepreg/Adhesive Bonding/Resin Film Infusion (PAR) accreditation.
Typical Autoclave Applications
Autoclave composite applications include aerospace structural products, medical tabletops and accessories, many ballistic / armor products, and high-performance structural components requiring high fiber fractions and high consolidation of materials. Since several different parts are processed simultaneously, autoclave processing can be used for cost-effective prototyping.