A Roadmap for developing an Industrial Continuous Ultrasonic Welding Process for Thermoplastic Composites

F. Köhler, B.C.P. Jongbloed, T.M. Morgado Martins Filipe, Axel Herrmann, I. Fernandez Villegas, R. Benedictus

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Abstract

The increasing use of fibre-reinforced plastics in the aerospace industry leads to challenges in joining these materials. The traditionally used mechanical fasteners introduce damage when used in composites by disrupting the fibres. However, thermoplastic composites allow for fusion bonding processes to join parts. Ultrasonic welding has shown to be a very promising high-speed fusion-bonding technique for thermoplastic composites. At the moment, a thorough understanding of the process is required to upscale the process for industrial usage. This study focuses on defining a roadmap to develop continuous ultrasonic welding to an industrially applicable level by presenting the current state of the art, ongoing developments, requirements, and challenges.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2018
EventITHEC 2018 – 4th International Conference and Exhibition on Thermoplastic Composites - Congress Center & Messe Bremen, Bremen, Germany
Duration: 30 Oct 201831 Oct 2018
Conference number: 4
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Conference

ConferenceITHEC 2018 – 4th International Conference and Exhibition on Thermoplastic Composites
Abbreviated titleITHEC 2018
CountryGermany
CityBremen
Period30/10/1831/10/18
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