In Resin Transfer Molding (RTM), the fiber preform is first placed inside a mold cavity and is subsequently impregnated with liquid resin. After mold filling, the resin starts to cure and bind the fiber preform into a solid composite part. The cure cycle will affect the residual stress built during RTM and must be controlled. Traditionally, the cure cycle control is achieved through three steps: offline resin cure kinetics characterization, offline cure cycle optimization, and mold temperature control. Different from other traditional cure cycle control approaches, this paper presents an investigation to achieve an integrated cure kinetics characterization-control system by combining a newly developed direct cure kinetics characterization method with online cure cycle optimization. A methodology to seamlessly combine these components for a practicable online cure characterization-control system will be presented and demonstrated by a numerical case study. The accuracy and reliability of this methodology will be examined and discussed based on the results of the numerical case study.

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