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Canard

Taking a high quality vacuum mold from an existing part can damage or destroy it.  

In the case of flight surfaces or feathers - canard, vertical upright, and wing - it requires a 3 step process:

 

Turbine Unlimited pics - Misc Parts - Canard

A frame with a 10 inch header was fabricated 

to hold the 90 inch canard

 


 

Turbine Unlimited pics - Misc Parts - Canard

It was our goal to produce a master and mold that can 

produce a canard of any width up to 110 inches wide

 


 

Turbine Unlimited pics - Misc Parts - Canard

After two splashes were made A & B, they were moved 12 inches 

to the left and right and a third center splash C was made 

tying the 3 together equaling a total width of 110 inches

 


 

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Vacuum bagged master 110 inches

In the background of this picture, you can see the 

original red 90 inch canard with the 110 inch splash behind it

 


 

Turbine Unlimited pics - Misc Parts - Canard

Murdo and Happy the dog below

 


 

Turbine Unlimited pics - Misc Parts - Canard

Inner skin of the mold consists of fiberglass 

and 2 layers of +/- 45 carbon

 


 

Turbine Unlimited pics - Misc Parts - Canard

Another layer of fiberglass and a 5/8 inch thick 25 lb density foam

 


 

Turbine Unlimited pics - Misc Parts - Canard

 


 

Turbine Unlimited pics - Misc Parts - Canard

2 additional layers of +/- 45 graphite

 


 

Turbine Unlimited pics - Misc Parts - Canard

The white material is peel-ply and the green is Airtech's Flow Medium

Note: The spiral Tube is installed in the peel-ply parameter 8-10

 inches off the part to be infused.  This created the vacuum line.

 


 

Turbine Unlimited pics - Misc Parts - Canard

Mold under full vacuum

 


 

Turbine Unlimited pics - Misc Parts - Canard

Resin Infusion Spiral Tube runs full length down the 

center line of the mold with 3 cross tubes.

Note: This shows two infusion ports 3 feet apart

 


 

Turbine Unlimited pics - Misc Parts - Canard

Infusion Bucket and two shut-off valves

 


 

Turbine Unlimited pics - Misc Parts - Canard

Vacuum Pump and Gage

This pump is capable of 27.5 inches of mercury

 


 

Turbine Unlimited pics - Misc Parts - Canard

Infusion in Process

 


 

Turbine Unlimited pics - Misc Parts - Canard

It took 22 minutes for total wet out

 


 

Turbine Unlimited pics - Misc Parts - Canard

This mold is capable of oven and auto clave temperatures of 250 degrees. 

Where the shop vacuum line is installed, hot air can be put in for a post cure.  

The bagging film and tacky tape will withstand 350 degrees if required.

 


 

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The original Fred Leland canard used as a master (red on right) is 90 inches in length.  

Our new mold (left) can produce any size up to 110 inches.

 


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