Abstract

A model is developed to predict the weld lines in Resin Transfer Molding (RTM) process. In this model, the preforms are assumed to be thin flat with isotropic and orthotropic permeabilities. The position of the weld lines formed by multiple specified inlet ports are predicted using a neural network-based back propagation algorithm. The neural network was trained with data obtained from simulation and actual molding experimentation. Part geometry is decomposed into smaller sections based on the position of the weld lines. The variety of preforms and processing conditions are used to verify the model. Applying the neural networks reduced the amount of computational time by several orders of magnitude compared with simulations. The models developed in this study can be effectively utilized in iterative optimization methods where use of numerical simulation models is cumbersome.

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