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ASM Handbook

Composites

Edited by
Daniel B. Miracle
Daniel B. Miracle
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Steven L. Donaldson
Steven L. Donaldson
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ASM International
Volume
21
ISBN electronic:
978-1-62708-195-5
Publication date:
2001
Book Chapter

Processing and Joining of Thermoplastic Composites

By
Douglas A. McCarville
Douglas A. McCarville
Boeing Military Aircraft & Missile Systems
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Henry A. Schaefer
Henry A. Schaefer
Boeing Military Aircraft & Missile Systems
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Published:
2001
Page range:
633 - 645
Publication history
November 01, 2001

Abstract

Advanced thermoplastic composites possess impact resistance, fracture toughness, and elevated temperature endurance properties due to their melt-fusible nature. This article presents material options available for the thermoplastic composites, such as pseudothermoplastics, post-impregnated thermoplastics, and true thermoplastics. It describes the processing methods of thermoplastic composites, including weaving, seaming, autoclaving, preconsolidation, roll consolidation, roll forming/pultruding, thermoforming, press forming, hydroforming, and diaphragm forming. The article discusses the types of joints, namely, fastened, adhesive bonded, dual polymer bonded, co-consolidated, and welded joints. It describes the joining methods of thermoplastic composites, including press forming, diaphragm forming, autoclaving, ultrasonic welding, resistance welding, and induction welding.

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Douglas A. McCarville, Henry A. Schaefer, 2001. "Processing and Joining of Thermoplastic Composites", Composites, Daniel B. Miracle, Steven L. Donaldson

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