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An efficient analysis of resin transfer molding process using extended finite element method

Abstract : Numerical simulation for Resin Transfer Molding (RTM) manufacturing process is attempted by using the eXtended Finite Element Method (XFEM) combined with the level set method. XFEM allows to obtaining a good numerical precision of the pressure near the resin flow front, where its gradient is discontinuous. The enriched shape functions of XFEM are derived by using the level set values so as to correctly describe the interpolation with the resin flow front. In addition, the level set method is used to transport the resin flow front at each time step during the mold filling. The level set values are calculated by an implicit characteristic Galerkin FEM. The multi-frontal solver of IPSAP is adopted to solve the system. This work is validated by comparing the obtained results with analytic solutions.Moreover, a localization method of XFEM and level set method is proposed to increase the computing efficiency. The computation domain is reduced to the small region near the resin flow front. Therefore, the total computing time is strongly reduced by it. The efficiency test is made with simple channel or radial flow models. Several application examples are analyzed to demonstrate ability of this method. A wind turbine blade is also treated as industrial application. Finally, a Graphic User Interface (GUI) tool is developed so as to make easy the pre/post-processing of the simulation.
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Yeonhee Jung. An efficient analysis of resin transfer molding process using extended finite element method. Other. Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint-Etienne; Seoul National University, 2013. English. ⟨NNT : 2013EMSE0701⟩. ⟨tel-00937556⟩

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