Industrial autoclaving is an advanced process for enhancing lamination. Dry heat and pressure are introduced to the product layers, creating a strong seal. Minute air bubbles that exist in pre-autoclaved layers, are removed via the autoclave process – resulting in a product that performs as intended in extreme conditions.
If the air gaps are not removed, the product’s structural integrity can be weakened causing breakage or deformation of the bonded layers.
If the layers of a product have been bonded in some way, air bubbles, even those not visible to the naked eye, may still be present. This is where an autoclave can be especially useful.
After the heat and pressure have been equally dispersed, any remaining air bubbles are released into the chamber.
Once a product is placed in the autoclave, the chamber is then locked. Elevated pressure and heat are introduced into the chamber.
When the process is complete, the layers of product become one. A forever bond has now been created.
When you need to autoclave?
Industrial autoclaves are often used for “curing” materials, and making composite multilayer laminates.
Electronics used in high altitude and variable pressure situations are ideal candidates for this process, as are products requiring optical lamination, circuit boards, and materials that undergo severe stress.
Autoclaving is generally used when isostatic pressure must be applied to a workload of comparatively complex shape, in addition, high-performance components from advanced composites often requires autoclave processing.