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Health and Safety Aspects in Machining FRPs

  • Jamal Ahmad
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Even though fully cured composites are considered inert, their machining raises concerns about health and safety due to exposure to dust and decomposition compounds. Therefore, it is necessary to evaluate the byproducts of both traditional and nontraditional machining of composites in order to assess the potential of harming the operator’s health due to exposure. Assessment of machining byproducts is also necessary for devising effective measures for eliminating hazardous exposures. Both traditional machining and nontraditional machining processes are considered. Among the nontraditional machining methods, laser beam cutting was subject to the most investigation because it poses the greatest potential of exposure to hazards. Abrasive waterjet machining has the advantage of being carried out under water and the water jet entrapping and washing away most of the dust generated. However, exposure to high levels of noise remains a concern that must be addressed.

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Keywords

Carbon Fiber Laser Cutting Personal Protective Equipment Aramid Fiber Mass Median Aerodynamic Diameter 
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