The trapped silicone method uses a specially blended silicone elastomer which at a select temperature expands to a known value. This process provides consolidation pressures in excess of what is achievable from an autoclave. The high internal molding pressures generated are sometimes combined with bladders which are inflated at different times during the cure cycle to specifically consolidate certain sections of the laminate. This process can be used in most structure and is uniquely suited to produce internal ribs and bulkheads.
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