Laser-assisted automated tape placement (LATP) in-situ consolidation of thermoplastic composites offers an efficient solution for production of large, high performance composite structures. The present work investigates laser repass treatment as a method of enhancing surface roughness and mechanical properties of LATP processed CF/PEEK laminates. Three laminate stacking sequences were studied, viz. [0°]16, [−45°/0°/45°/90°]2s and [±45°]4s. Four repass treatments were performed, including single, double, perpendicular and tool-side repasses. The effect of these repasses on interlaminar shear strength (ILSS), open-hole compression (OHC), in-plane shear (IPS), density, fibre volume fraction, void content and surface roughness was investigated. Surface roughness tests confirmed the improvement of the surface finish due to repass treatment. However, insignificant differences in ILSS values were observed across all repass treatments, but a single laser repass did appear to improve the OHC and IPS performance. Autoclave treated samples were used as a benchmark to compare with LATP processed laminate properties.
- Automated fibre placement (AFP)
- Carbon fibre/PEEK
- Mechanical properties