Thermoformed structural cores provide the lightest solution for curved sandwich structures. To quantify this, we have developed a resin-uptake calculator, verified with real-life tests, to compare 2D kits with our 3D Core Kits. Use the calculator to gain insight to potential weight savings.
foam core finishing
Our 3D Core Kits are delivered perforated with or without infusion grooves. 2D kit structural foam core is available in many finishing options, which greatly affect the final weight of the sandwich structure.
Drilled or punched holes to aid air removal from the layup.
Grooves on one or both sides to aid vacuum infusion. Also available with perforations.
Knife- or saw- cuts in one direction on one or both sides. The cuts aids conformity to the required shape.
Knife- or saw- cuts in two directions on one or both sides. Triple-cut core is another variant.
Knife- or saw- cuts in two directions on one side. A glass fibre scrim is bonded onto the opposite side.
Each structural foam core supplier has different options for the finishing. Please consult the relevant material supplier data sheets on the right for the required values.
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