Rheological characterization of addition polyimide matrix resins and prepregsAlthough graphite-reinforced polyimide matrix composites offer outstanding specific strength and stiffness, together with high thermal oxidative stability, processing problems connected with their rheological behavior remain to be addressed. The present rheological studies on neat polyimide resin systems encountered outgassing during cure. A staging technique has been developed which can successfully handle polyimide samples, and novel methods were applied to generate rheological curves for graphite-reinforced prepregs. The commercial graphite/polyimide systems studied were PRM 15, LARC 160, and V378A.
Maximovich, M. G. (Lockheed Missiles and Space Co. Sunnyvale, CA, United States)
Galeos, R. M. (Lockheed Missiles and Space Co., Inc. Sunnyvale, CA, United States)