28 Feb 2024

From automotive to wind power, HP-RTM proves extremely versatile

 

Innovations in molding technology are driving industries forward at an ever-increasing pace. For composite processing, high-pressure resin transfer molding (HP-RTM) offers unparalleled levels of productivity and automation, providing significant advantages when it comes to manufacturing large volumes of complex, high-quality components with a range of materials.

HP-RTM produces parts across many sectors, including automotive, wind power, aerospace, industrial, and marine industries, and helps manufacturers improve production efficiency by reducing cycle time, improving part quality, and minimizing waste.

Advantages over traditional resin transfer molding

Due to longer curing times and slower injection, traditional RTM cannot produce parts as rapidly as HP-RTM. By injecting resin into a closed mold at high pressure our technology can create a high-quality lightweight complex part faster and more efficiently. 

HP-RTM benefits

    • Quick curing time, a few minutes per part
    • Extremely low takt time
    • Incredible structural performance with low porosity
    • Perfectly replicates complex shapes
    • Fully automated process

The HP-RTM process

The first step is unwinding the fiber material to cut fiber blanks. These blanks are stacked to create the layup that will become your final product. Once stacked, the piece is preformed to set the spatial orientation of the fibers. Then the piece is transferred for HP-RTM tooling where, after the mold is closed, a vacuum is applied and resin is injected. The vacuum serves to counterbalance injection pressure, minimize air entering and ensure the part forms properly. Pressure is maintained on the mold thanks to the clamping force provided by the press until the part is fully cured and can be removed from the mold.

The result is a complex part with excellent dimensional accuracy, high strength-to-weight ratio and incredible performance.

Read our case history for RIBA Composites and learn more about our HP-RTM technology.