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How wrap leading edge

Old 07-12-2022, 01:03 PM
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Default How tp wrap leading edge

I'm building a carbon skinned foam wing for a UAV. I've done balsa skin before, but not carbon. The wing has a fairly sharp LE, so I'm wondering how builders normally get the carbon to wrap around neatly? I'm planning to do a 1/8 balsa LE attached to the foam to add some strength and keep myself from having to make that turn with the hot wire. I'll shape the balsa before attaching the CF.
So any tips on getting CF twill to wrap around the LE properly?

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Old 09-21-2022, 03:43 AM
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Vacuum would be the best way, but if you aren’t set up for that then try this. Make templates and cut the forward part of your wing profile out of foam that matches your leading edge shape. Then wet out your carbon cloth. And apply it or the wing. Now put the whole thing into the foam mold you now have. The mold will keep the carbon pressed onto the wing as it cures. If you line the mold with some parchment paper the epoxy will not stick to the mold.
you could even do a test run with the cutoff from the mold.

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