A composite curing oven cure, anneal, dry, and harden synthetic and composite materials. This process extracts energy from the synthetics and composites. You can transform this energy into other forms and use it. This is an environment-friendly project as you can recycle waste through this.
How To Build A Composite Curing Oven
If you own a farm then you’ll have a lot of waste from all the farm animals. You can simply throw them away and pollute the air, water, and soil of the environment. Or you can cure those composites and use the cured fibers for other purposes. The process of building the oven can seem to be hard but you can save some bills and environmental pollution by doing this.
Structure Of Composite Curing Oven
The oven should be a hexagon with only one side open. On the open side, you need to make an air-tight door. You have to mount the oven on the floor. The floor shouldn’t be of concrete. If you can mount the oven a little bit higher from the floor then it would be better. You’ll need a ventilator to pass toxic air.
The oven has to be air-tight because you can’t let the generated heat flow away. Also, if you mount the oven on a concrete floor, the floor will absorb the heat. So the floor needs to be of non-conductive material. Like wood, ceramic, castor, etc.
Heating Elements Of Composite Curing Oven
To maintain the heat within the oven you’ll need equipment that will produce heat and a fan that will circulate the heat. You’ll have to monitor the internal environment of the oven too. That’s why you’ll need these products to maintain heat in your composite curing oven:
- Room Heater Fan Assisted ( If you don’t have this, you have to set a heater and a fan separately in the oven)
- Room Heater Infra Red
- UV Lamps
- Duct Heater
- Electric Blanket
Other Elements For Composite Curing Oven
For building the oven you’ll need plywood, castors, and wood for the body. Jigsaw to cut them, screws and laches to fix and stuck them, insulator to make it non-conductive. Duct tape and aluminum foil tape will be needed to mount up the heating elements. A vacuum is needed to loose and press the carbon fibers. A screwdriver and a thermostat will be needed too.
How Composite Curing Oven Work
To keep the oven working you need to keep putting composites in it constantly. The oven shouldn’t be empty of composite materials. Because the vacuum in it keeps loosing and pressing the carbon fibers of the composite and synthetic materials. Besides, there should be someone always by the oven while it’s working to monitor it.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Do I Make A Curing Oven?
You can make a curing oven of any size you want. You need to get plywood of your desired size and attach them. Include a heating, vacuum, and ventilation system in the oven. You have to make the oven and its door air-tight. Add composite materials frequently and monitor it while it’s on.
How To Build An Industrial Oven?
Industrial ovens are of many types, like curing, drying, baking, reflow ovens, etc. These ovens produce high heat for industrial applications. To make it you’ll need a huge space and a huge non-conductive box. In the box, you have to set heating materials.
Do I Need An Oven To Cure Carbon Fiber?
Yes, you need an oven or autoclave to cure carbon fiber by yourself.
Can I Cure Prepreg In An Oven?
To cure prepreg temperature 100-150 degrees Celsius is needed. The condemned heat can be provided only in an oven. Though you need to vacuum up the oven before curing prepreg.
How much time it’ll take to make a composite oven depends on its size. It shouldn’t take more than one week to complete the task. You can also paint the oven if you want to give it a layer of protection from outer temperature.