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CYCOM 5215

Description:
CYCOM 5215 is a modified epoxy resin prepreg system designed specifically for low temperature, vacuum-bag-only curing. Initial 150F 14-hour cure on the tool is followed by a freestanding post-cure at 350F. After the post-cure, the laminates deliver mechanical properties equivalent to standard 350F, 85 psi cured epoxy. The system will also vacuum bag cure at 250F with no post cure. This material is designed for repair, tooling, prototyping, and structural applications.

Modified Epoxy Resin Out-of-Autoclave Processing


Features and benefits:
Low temperature (150F) initial cure Vacuum-bag-only pressure during initial cure Mechanical properties equivalent to standard 350F, 85 psi cured epoxy baseline after freestanding post-cure Low void (<1%) in cured laminates Controlled flow Ten-day shop life Good prepreg handleability 250F cure capability

CYCOM 5215 is ideal for use in the nonautoclave cure applications. For more information, contact: Cytec Engineered Materials Technical Service Anaheim, Calif. 714 630-9400 composites@an.cytec.com

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CYCOM 5215 Modified Epoxy Resin Physical properties

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CYCOM 5215 prepregs are available in standard material forms using glass and carbon reinforcements. Custom tape and fabrics are also available in glass, aramid, or carbon reinforcements using customer specified weave styles and/or areal weights. Standard products and physical characteristics are listed below:
Property UD carbon tape prepreg G30-500-12K 36 + 2% 145 + 5 g/m 2 6.2 mil 1.24 g/cm 3 Carbon fabric prepreg G30-500-6K-5HS G30-500-3K-PW 40 + 2% 40 + 2% 370 + 10 g/m 2 193 + 5 g/m 2 16.0 mil 8.3 mil 1.24 g/cm 3 Glass fabric prepreg 7781 Style 40 + 2% 295 + 10 g/m 2 10.8 mil 1.24 g/cm 3

Fiber type Resin content by weight Areal fiber weight Nominal cured prepreg thickness Neat resin density

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CYCOM 5215 Modified Epoxy Resin Mechanical properties: CYCOM 5215 composite
Property Test method
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Tape G30-500 Properties of 1st generation 350oF cure epoxy


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Fabric G30-500-6K-5HS Cycom 5215 Properties of 1st generation 350oF cure epoxy
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Cycom 5215

Tg (oF) (Dry) (Wet)


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SACMA 18R-94

350 250

377.6 331.0

350 250

366.1 328.0

SBS (Ksi) RT (Dry) 250 F (Dry) 250oF (Wet)d 0o Compression (Ksi) RT (Dry) 250oF (Dry) Tensile strength (Ksi) RT (Dry) CAI (Ksi) at 1500 in. -lb./in. Cured panel resin content (%) Cured ply thickness (mil)
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ASTM D2344

15.0 9.0 7.5

15.5 10.0 8.7

8.5 6.5 2.5

8.0 7.1 4.4

SACMA 1R-94 SACMA 4R-94 SACMA 2R-94

205.0 145.0

210.1 175.0

67.5 45.0

104.9 76.9

200.0

297.0

75

95.0

17.5

16.0

25.0

23.7

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36

__

40

__

6.2

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16.0

This data is based on MY720/4,4-DDS on G30-500 fiber after standard cure cycle = 2 hours at 350F, under 85 Psi. Cure cycle: 14 hours at 150F (66C) under vacuum bag only pressure, followed by the freestanding post-cure at 350F (177C) for 2 hours. 48 hour water boil 24 hour water boil

c d

Note: Property data not normalized

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CYCOM 5215 Modified Epoxy Resin Mechanical properties of CYCOM 5215/AS4, 6K-5HS fabric

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The following information is derived from a one batch test program which includes mechanical properties at various temperatures and wet conditioning states, moisture uptake, stress-strain curves, and fiber volumes. This report is available through Cytec Engineered Materials technical service department. TEST ENVIRONMENT Design property Temperature 0 Tension -65F 73F 190F Interlaminar shear 73F Dry [0,-45,90,+45,0,+45,90,-45,0] [+45,-45,90,+45,0,+45,90,-45,+45] [0/90] 4S Pin bearing -- (single) -- E/d = 2 -- Hole = 0.25 -- Not countersunk -65F 73F 190F 190F 220F 250F 250F Dry Dry Dry Wet Wet Dry Wet [0,-45,90,+45,0,+45,90,-45,0] [+45,-45,90,+45,0,+45,90,-45,+45] [0,-45,90,+45,0,+45,90,-45,0] [+45,-45,90,+45,0,+45,90,-45,+45] [0,-45,90,+45,0,+45,90,-45,0] [+45,-45,90,+45,0,+45,90,-45,+45] [0,-45,90,+45,0,+45,90,-45,0] [+45,-45,90,+45,0,+45,90,-45,+45] [0,-45,90,+45,0,+45,90,-45,0] [+45,-45,90,+45,0,+45,90,-45,+45] [0,-45,90,+45,0,+45,90,-45,0] [+45,-45,90,+45,0,+45,90,-45,+45] [0,-45,90,+45,0,+45,90,-45,0] [+45,-45,90,+45,0,+45,90,-45,+45] Pin Bearing -- (Double) -- E/d = 3 -- Hole = 0.25 73F 190F 45 Inplane Shear -65F 73F 190F 220F 250F Unnotched Tension -65F 73F 190F Dry Dry Dry [0,-45,90,+45,0,+45,90,-45,0] [+45,-45,90,+45,0,+45,90,-45,+45] [0,-45,90,+45,0,+45,90,-45,0] [+45,-45,90,+45,0,+45,90,-45,+45] [0,-45,90,+45,0,+45,90,-45,0] [+45,-45,90,+45,0,+45,90,-45,+45] 65.9 55.8 71.8 59.2 76.1 54.9 6.15 4.94 6.21 4.72 6.44 4.64 SACMA SRM5 Dry Dry Dry Wet Wet Dry Wet [+45,-45,+45]S 10.7 10.9 10.6 8.6 7.8 9.9 6.6 1.00 0.60 0.52 0.42 0.32 0.46 0.21 SACMA SRM7 Dry Dry [0,+45,-45,90]S 130 103 ASTM D5961 109.5 107.1 115.8 121.1 101.1 92.8 97.4 94.7 81.3 87.3 92.3 88.9 81.3 82.7 Customer Spec 7.9 7.0 8.2 Customer spec ASTM D2344 Dry Dry Wet [0]4 [0/90] 4S [0/90] 4S [0/90] 4S 110.3 101.0 113.0 116.0 8.8 8.8 9.0 8.7 SACMA SRM4 ASTM D3039 ASTM D3040 ASTM D3040 Condition Lay-up Orientation Mechanical property Strength (ksi) Modulus (Msi) Test Methods

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CYCOM 5215 Modified Epoxy Resin Mechanical properties of CYCOM 5215/AS4, 6K-5HS fabric, cont.
TEST ENVIRONMENT Design property Temperature 73F 190F 190F 220F 250F 250F Condition Dry Dry Wet Wet Dry Wet [0,-45,90,+45,0,+45,90,-45,0] [+45,-45,90,+45,0,+45,90,-45,+45] [0,-45,90,+45,0,+45,90,-45,0] [+45,-45,90,+45,0,+45,90,-45,+45] [0,-45,90,+45,0,+45,90,-45,0] [+45,-45,90,+45,0,+45,90,-45,+45] [0,-45,90,+45,0,+45,90,-45,0] [+45,-45,90,+45,0,+45,90,-45,+45] [0,-45,90,+45,0,+45,90,-45,0] [+45,-45,90,+45,0,+45,90,-45,+45] [0,-45,90,+45,0,+45,90,-45,0] [+45,-45,90,+45,0,+45,90,-45,+45] Open hole tension -- Hole = 0.25 -65F 73F Dry Dry [0,-45,90,+45,0,+45,90,-45,0] [+45,-45,90,+45,0,+45,90,-45,+45] [0,-45,90,+45,0,+45,90,-45,0] [+45,-45,90,+45,0,+45,90,-45,+45] Open hole compression -- Hole = 0.25 73F 190F 190F 220F 250F 250F Dry Dry Wet Wet Dry Wet [0,-45,90,+45,0,+45,90,-45,0] [+45,-45,90,+45,0,+45,90,-45,+45] [0,-45,90,+45,0,+45,90,-45,0] [+45,-45,90,+45,0,+45,90,-45,+45] [0,-45,90,+45,0,+45,90,-45,0] [+45,-45,90,+45,0,+45,90,-45,+45] [0,-45,90,+45,0,+45,90,-45,0] [+45,-45,90,+45,0,+45,90,-45,+45] [0,-45,90,+45,0,+45,90,-45,0] [+45,-45,90,+45,0,+45,90,-45,+45] [0,-45,90,+45,0,+45,90,-45,0] [+45,-45,90,+45,0,+45,90,-45,+45] Filled hole tension -- Not countersunk -- Hole = 0.25 -65F Dry [0,-45,90,+45,0,+45,90,-45,0] [+45,-45,90,+45,0,+45,90,-45,+45] Filled hole compression -- Not countersunk -- Hole = 0.25 250F 250F Compression 73F 190F Cure cycle: Dry Wet [0/90] 4S 94.3 67.7 7.9 7.6 Dry Wet [0,-45,90,+45,0,+45,90,-45,0] [+45,-45,90,+45,0,+45,90,-45,+45] [0,-45,90,+45,0,+45,90,-45,0] [+45,-45,90,+45,0,+45,90,-45,+45] 42.2 40.3 29.7 30.8 5.7 4.3 5.7 4.2 51.2 41.8 6.4 5.1 40.4 39.5 37.3 33.4 31.8 27.4 27.1 24.6 32.3 29.7 23.5 20.1 6.0 4.9 6.0 4.7 6.0 4.4 5.7 4.4 5.6 4.3 5.6 4.0 49.5 38.7 50.9 40.8 6.68 4.94 6.53 5.08 Unnotched compression 49.1 54.0 46.8 49.6 43.5 39.1 36.6 33.6 45.5 44.2 30.1 26.1 5.63 4.48 5.74 4.43 5.52 4.36 5.51 4.21 5.58 4.23 5.39 3.95 Lay-up Orientation Mechanical property Strength (ksi) Modulus (Msi)

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Test methods

SACMA SRM3 Customer Spec Customer Spec Customer Spec Customer Spec ASTM D3410

14 hours at 150F (66C) under vacuum only pressure, followed by the free-standing post cure at 350F (177C) for 2 hours. Wet Condition: 160F/85%RH until saturation. Property data not normalized.
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CYCOM 5215 Modified Epoxy Resin 250F cure properties of CYCOM 5215 (G40-800 fiber)

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This data shows the properties of CYCOM 5215 when cured at 260F without a postcure. After 2 hours at 260F, 5215 exhibits good mechanical performance up to 230F dry. The values of 90/0 compression and OHC compression will meet most 180F (wet) application requirements. Test parameters Standard cure cycle (150F/14 hours followed by a freestanding 350F/2 hour post cure) Alternate cure cycle 260F/2 hour cure cycle; no post cure Vacuum bag only for both cycles (see lay-up and bagging instructions) No autoclave for either cycle Fiber: G40-800-24K intermediate modulus (equivalent to IM-7) Resin content: 35% AFW: 145 g/m2 Fiber volume: 53% Humidity exposure: 160F/85% until saturation

Data is not normalized

Test Compression-after-impact (1500 in-lb/in) Tg - DMA Compression (90/0)2s 8 ply RT 180F (wet) Open hole compression RT 180F (wet)

Test method SACMA SRM 2R-94 SACMA SAR 18R-94 SACMA 6-94 SACMA SRM 3R-94

260oF 2 hours 23.1 KSI 325F 141 KSI 102 KSI 43 KSI 33 KSI

Standard cycle

24.4 KSI 375F 140 KSI 107 KSI 44 KSI 32 KSI

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CYCOM 5215 Modified Epoxy Resin Tg and degree of cure of CYCOM 5215
Property Time to double viscosity at RT Degree of cure after 14 hours at 150F Degree of cure after post cure Tg after cure at 150F for 14 hours Tg after post cure at 350F for 2 hours (dry) Tg after post cure at 350F for 2 hours (wet)* *Wet denotes the coupon exposed to boiling water for 48 hours. Note: Tg per SACMA 18R-94 Neat resin >10 days 61% 90% 145F 375F 325F

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Low void performance of CYCOM 5215 tape laminate (100x) after vacuum cure

Low void performance of CYCOM 5215 cloth laminate (100x) after vacuum cure

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CYCOM 5215 Modified Epoxy Resin

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Bagging schematic

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CYCOM 5215 Modified Epoxy Resin Recommended lay-up procedures


Temperature Temperature during lay-up of the laminate should be <75F (24C). Lay-ups performed in warmer conditions can lead to air entrapment. Vacuum debulking CYCOM 5215 is manufactured with continuous breathing paths within each ply that provide excellent removal of entrapped air during cure. Debulk cycles do not provide an improvement in void elimination.

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Debulk cycles should be 10 to 20 minutes under vacuum with silicone edge dams or other suitable material used to avoid pinch-off of the laminate edge. As with the final vacuum bag procedure, care must be taken during any debulking cycle to avoid pinch-off of the laminate edges due to bridging of the bagging materials at the step down from the laminate to the tool face. Pinchoff will prevent air removal during final cure. For flat or mildly contoured parts, the debulking

Frequent vacuum debulking of a layup is not necessary to produce void free laminates. Frequent debulking of the layup can lead to pinch-off of the laminate edges preventing air removal during the final bagging of the layup for cure. For this reason, vacuum debulking should be performed only as necessary to eliminate wrinkles and bridging of materials in highly contoured or very thick parts. When part contour does make debulking necessary, the complexity of each part requires that an appropriate debulking schedule be established for the unique characteristics of the assembly. Debulk cycles may be needed for each ply of the layup in very complex parts but may only be required each 4th or 5th ply in mildly contoured parts.

step is not required nor is it desirable. Fabric and unitape considerations The backing paper or poly should be removed and the top of the laminate should be covered with perforated FEP during the debulk of fabrics to maximize air removal. The lay-up procedure for unitape is the same as for fabric except during debulking the top release paper can remain attached. The paper may be removed after the debulk procedure has been completed.

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CYCOM 5215 Modified Epoxy Resin Recommended cure cycles


A good vacuum source is absolutely required for consistent low void performance with Cycom 5215 prepregs. A manometer is recommended for vacuum measurement in order to measure absolute pressure. Standard vacuum gages are subject to fluctuations in barometric pressure but may be used provided changes in ambient barometric pressure are taken into consideration when measuring absolute pressure. Standard, low temperature cure cycle 1. Using the bagging schematic as a guide, complete the layup and check for adequate vacuum (less than 2 Hg absolute pressure) and an absence of leaks. 2. Hold the final layup under vacuum for a minimum of 4 hours prior to cure (8 hours for large parts). 3. Under strong vacuum (absolute pressure < 2 inch Hg), increase temperature at a rate of 3-5F/minute (1.6 - 2.8C/minute) to 150F (66C) or higher. Cure under vacuum (absolute pressure < 2 inch Hg) at 150F+10/-0 (66+5/-0C) for 14 hours. Decrease temperature at 2-5F/minute (1-3C/minute) to R.T. Alternate cure cycle

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4. Post cure the part freestanding in an oven, increase the temperature at a maximum rate of 3F (1.6C)/minute to 350F (177C). Cure at 350F (177C) for 2 hours. Decrease temperature at 5F (2.8C)/minute until below 160F (55C).

For situations where a fast cure is desirable and a higher cure temperature can be utilized without degradation of tooling materials, CYCOM 5215 can be fully cured in 2 hours at 260F without a postcure. 1. Under vacuum (absolute pressure < 2 inch Hg), increase temperature at 3- 5F (1.6 2.8C)/minute to a minimum of 260F (166C) and maximum of 350F. Cure under vacuum (absolute pressure < 2 inch Hg) at 2655F (66C) for a minimum of 120 minutes. Decrease temperature at 5F (2.8C)/minute until below 160F.

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CYCOM 5215 Modified Epoxy Resin Health and safety information


Refer to Material Safety Data Sheets and product labels.

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Important notice
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