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Composite Curing for Marine Use

Composite Curing for Marine Use

An efficient and cost effective solution for marine/watercraft and high-end yacht builders view products

 

Composite Curing  heating blankets - BriskHeat

Application

The multi-million dollar yacht industry is utilizing composite materials to build monolithic-one piece hulls for their most demanding boat designs. The one-piece hull requires curing and post curing of resins while under vacuum. These structures cannot be easily put into an oven for curing due to their size and weight.

Solution

The portable ACR®3 hot bonder and heating blankets provide a cost effective tool for curing and repairing composite materials with precision and efficiency. The ACR®3 is an all-in-one controller that provides vacuum while monitoring vacuum and heat output to ensure accurate, efficient, and quality cure cycles. The hot bonder is versatile enough to be used for manufacturing and repairing a wide variet y of composite fiber structures.

The complete system consists of the ACR®3 hot bonder, custom-sized heating blankets, insulators, and a power booster box (for larg e cure applications). The ACR®3 provides a state-of-the-art system for accurate customization ramp/soak programming. The highly flexible, yet durable silicone rubber composite curing blankets offer extreme versatility and adaptability with an impressive operating radius of ¼”(6mm) while maintaining uniform curing temperatures up to 450 °F (232°C). For high temperature needs BriskHeat’s cloth series h eaters accommodate up to 1100°F (593°C). The power booster box increases voltage and amperage necessary up to 480VAC 3-phase and 100 amps. Increased voltage and amperage is often required for large cure applications in marine manufacture/repair.

To make the process more efficient and improve performance, cloth insulators are placed on top of the heater to limit heat-loss and speed-up temperature ramp rates. This improves efficiency and curing performance by providing a higher quality cure in less time.

Key Features & Benefits

  • State-of-the-art, touch-screen-based hot bonders
  • Flexible, durable and uniform temperature heating blankets to fit the applications size
  • Power Booster Box that manages the high voltage and amperage required for large surface area cures
  • Re-usable insulating blankets for increased energy efficiency