Compensation of microwave-source heating attenuation into epoxy–glass composites: Experimental results



The final goal of this study was to manufacture an epoxy–glass leaf spring by microwave processing. The physical properties of the final part to be manufactured, in particular, the mechanical properties, were directly related at the repartition of microwave-source heating during the treatment. The major problem in microwave processing, however, is the attenuation of the microwave source. Here, we propose a dielectric effect of attenuation inversion of the electromagnetic waves as a new method for the uniform treatment of epoxy–glass by microwave energy. This solution used the dielectric properties of the mold to control the microwave-heat-source attenuation into the composite to be treated. Many experiments were carried out to validate the proposed solution. The results show that the microwave-source heating attenuation could controlled and inversed. We demonstrated the uniform treatment of epoxy–glass parts about 100 cm long by means of the compensation of microwave-source attenuation. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 2014, 131, 39908.