Influence of temperature on the strength of resistance welded glass fibre reinforced PPS joints

N. Koutras*, I. Fernandez Villegas, R. Benedictus

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In this work, the effect of temperature exposure on the strength of resistance welded joints is analysed. Glass fibre reinforced polyphenylene sulphide (GF/PPS) adherends were joined using the resistance welding technique, using a stainless steel mesh as the heating element. Single lap shear tests were performed at temperatures ranging between −50 °C and 150 °C to evaluate the strength of the welded joints. The results showed that the lap shear strength decreased with increasing temperature, except for the region between 50 °C and 90 °C where it remained constant. Fractography analysis revealed that the main failure mechanism was glass fibre/matrix debonding and the connection between the mesh and the matrix was not the weakest link at the interface of the joint at any temperatures under study. The fibre/matrix interfacial strength and the stress distribution at the joint overlap were identified as the main factors influencing the behaviour of lap shear strength with temperature.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-67
Number of pages11
JournalComposites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2018


  • A. Polymer-matrix composites
  • A. Thermoplastic resin
  • D. Thermal analysis
  • E. Joints/joining


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