Acrolab supports the composite tooling industry with multiple products and services. Depending on what type of process you are running, thermal challenges can have a significant impact on the outcome of the final product. If you do not have a consistent and uniform cure your final product will be jeopardized. Acrolab can supply complete thermal system solutions to run your tooling and will work with your team on the thermal management of your composite tooling system and application.
Many composite parts require thermoset resins and once these resins are heated and start to “kick over” they create massive amounts of heat. The key to solving current or anticipated heat issues during resin cross-linking is to have a more responsive tool. This can be achieved in a number of ways. The most typical is to use a tooling material that is more thermally conductive, such as aluminum. While in some cases this does solve the problem is many cases it does not.
Composite Centrifuge Tooling
The key to solving these issues is to implement additional heating/cooling or to utilize energy that already exists.
Composite Fuselage Tooling
Some heating and cooling specifications require a maximum temperature differential while heating and cooling. The way to meet these requirements is a properly designed heating and cooling system specific to your application.
Composite Hockey Stick Tooling