- Engineering; Carbon composite; Carbon rim; Compression molding; Inflatable bladder molding; Mold; Prepreg
This essay aims to describe technology and mold design for production of hollow composite parts like carbon rims or sport rackets. Tested materials correspond to those used for composites in sport applications. Production tech-nology called inflatable bladder molding (IBM) is describe with respect to used material, molds and process para-meters. Furthermore, prototype mold for verification of flexible bladder, inner pressure and curing conditions is constructed and tested. Construction design of manufacturing mold together with description of technological steps is proposed.