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Closed Moulding Technology Clinic – Melbourne

Start Date 4 March 2015 Add to my calendar
End Date 5 March 2015
Time 9.00am - 5.00pm
Location Melbourne - Nuplex Composites, Springvale
Members $550 each
Non members $660 each

Strictly limited to 15 participants.

This two-day technology clinic offers Australian practitioners the opportunity to gain high level instruction and hands-on demonstrations of next-generation closed moulding technology with leading international instructors.

Closed moulding manufacturing is proven to offer tangible advantages including improved efficiency and environmentally sound manufacturing production. It results in a cleaner and safer work environment plus improved quality control, surface finish and productivity. Participation also provides the opportunity to build networks and collaborations.

This training is supported by funding from the Victorian Government’s Manufacturing Productivity Network program.

Course outline

  • Introduction
  • Defining Closed Molding (Resin Infusion)
    • Pre-preg automated/hand lay-up
    • Wet hand lay-up
    • Compression moulding
    • Other
  • Darcy’s Law
    • Viscosity
    • Porosity
    • Permeability
    • Head pressure    
  • Reinforcement Materials and Their Effects
    • Woven Fabrics
    • Stitched and Non Woven Materials
    • Cores
  • Materials and Processes for Flow Assistance
    • Surface flow media
    • Internal flow media
    • External heat/heating of the resin
  • Flow Manipulation
    • Feed lines
    • Evacuation lines
    • Feed Manifolds
      • Basic
      • Perimeter/point
      • Branch
      • Alternating
  • Vacuum Bagging Basics and Requirements
  • Safety Factors and Concerns
    • Low viscosity resins (High splash potential)
    • Exotherm
    • Routes of exposure/Proper PPE
  • Hands on Projects
    • Mould Prep
    • Materials type and construction flow demonstration
    • Final project flow mapping discussion and planning
    • Build/bag and flow final project

The organisers and trainer has made every attempt to ensure the information is correct at time of publishing. Any part of the program is subject to change

About the trainer

Michael Meringolo is Technical Instructor with Abaris Training. A Professional Member of the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE), he has been awarded the prestigious NCATT certification for “Instructor Specializing in Aircraft Structures and Composites.” 
Through his diverse experience in the industry over more than 20 years, Michael has gained knowledge in many areas of composites: from part-model and plug fabrication to mould making, prepreg and wet lay-up, trimming & machining, surface preparation, composite bonding, and finishing. 
Michael’s background also includes lessons in composite theory and actual structural repair from his time with Lancair/Columbia (now Cessna).  He was involved with the Lancair Tigress concept aircraft, the Legacy, as well as the evolution of the Columbia 300/350 and 400 models (now known as the Corvalis and Corvalis TT.

About Abaris Training

Abaris Training has been developing and providing advanced composite training programs at the forefront of these materials technologies for  30 years.  The company’s mission is to impart this knowledge with hands-on comprehensive training. Abaris Training has built an international reputation as a leader in advanced composite training. Since commencing in 1983, the company has trained more than 20,000 students from 63 countries in engineering, manufacturing and repair of composite structures. Further information about Abaris can be found at the website


Register using the online form below or download the Registration Form here
NB: Due to commercial sensitivities the host company reserves the right to decline attendance.