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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, Processing and Joining of Thermoplastic Composites, Composites, Vol 21, ASM Handbook, Edited By Daniel B. Miracle, Steven L. Donaldson, ASM International, 2001, p 633–645,

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