BALU: Largest autoclave research facility in the world

Journal of large-scale research facilities JLSRF. 2016;2:A57 DOI 10.17815/jlsrf-2-94


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Journal Title: Journal of large-scale research facilities JLSRF

ISSN: 2364-091X (Online)

Publisher: Forschungszentrum Jülich

Society/Institution: Zentralbibliothek

LCC Subject Category: Technology

Country of publisher: Germany

Language of fulltext: English

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Hakan Ucan (German Aerospace Center)
Felix Kruse (German Aerospace Center)
Martin Wiedemann (German Aerospace Center)


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Time From Submission to Publication: 10 weeks


Abstract | Full Text

Among the large-scale facilities operated at the Center for Lightweight-Production-Technology of the German Aerospace Center in Stade BALU is the world's largest research autoclave. With a loading length of 20m and a loading diameter of 5.8 m the main objective of the facility is the optimization of the curing process operated by components made of carbon fiber on an industrial scale. For this reason, a novel dynamic autoclaving control has been developed that is characterized by peripheral devices to expend the performance of the facility for differential applications, by sensing systems to detect the component state throughout the curing process and by a feedback system, which is capable to intervene into the running autoclave process.