On avoiding thermal degradation during welding of high-performance thermoplastic composites to thermoset composites

Published on Oct 1, 2015in Composites Part A-applied Science and Manufacturing6.444
· DOI :10.1016/J.COMPOSITESA.2015.07.002
Irene Fernandez Villegas13
Estimated H-index: 13
(TU Delft: Delft University of Technology),
Pablo Vizcaino Rubio1
Estimated H-index: 1
(TU Delft: Delft University of Technology)
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Abstract
Abstract One of the major constraints in welding thermoplastic and thermoset composites is thermal degradation of the thermoset resin under the high temperatures required to achieve fusion bonding of the thermoplastic resin. This paper presents a procedure to successfully prevent thermal degradation of the thermoset resin during high-temperature welding of thermoplastic to thermoset composites. The procedure is based on reducing the heating time to fractions of a second during the welding process. In order to achieve such short heating times, which are much too short for commercial welding techniques such as resistance or induction welding, ultrasonic welding is used in this work. A particularly challenging scenario is analysed by considering welding of carbon-fibre reinforced poly-ether-ether-ketone, with a melting temperature of 340 °C, to carbon-fibre reinforced epoxy with a glass transition temperature of 157 °C.
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