Multi-objective optimization of Resin Infusion

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The present paper addresses the multi-objective optimization of the filling stage of the Resin Infusion manufacturing process. The optimization focuses on the selection of an optimal temperature profile which addresses the tradeoff between filling time and the risk of impeding the flow of resin due to excessive curing. The methodology developed combines a numerical solution of the coupled Darcy’s flow and heat conduction problem with a Genetic Algorithm (GA). The methodology converges successfully to a final Pareto set for the case of a C-stiffener which is 130 mm high, 60 mm wide and lies on a skin 280 mm wide. The results highlight the efficiency opportunities available compared to standard industrial manufacturing practice. Reductions in filling time up to 66% and up to 15% in final degree of cure are achieved compared to standard solutions.