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      BALU: Largest autoclave research facility in the world

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          Among the large-scale facilities operated at the Center for Lightweight-Production-Technology of the German Aerospace Center in Stade BALU is the world's largest research autoclave. With a loading length of 20m and a loading diameter of 5.8 m the main objective of the facility is the optimization of the curing process operated by components made of carbon fiber on an industrial scale. For this reason, a novel dynamic autoclaving control has been developed that is characterized by peripheral devices to expend the performance of the facility for differential applications, by sensing systems to detect the component state throughout the curing process and by a feedback system, which is capable to intervene into the running autoclave process.

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          Journal
          Journal of large-scale research facilities JLSRF
          Forschungszentrum Jülich
          01 March 2016
          : 2
          : A57
          Affiliations
          [1 ] German Aerospace Center
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          2e30698143cf4ae7b6dc86e140ecfbd5
          10.17815/jlsrf-2-94

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