Ultrasonic Welding of Thermoplastic Composites

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Abstract

Ultrasonic welding is a very fast and energy-efficient technique for the joining of thermoplastic composites. This article looks into main aspects of ultrasonic welding of continuous fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composites, namely energy directors, process parameters, in situ process monitoring, welding of dissimilar composite materials and upscaling routes. From the author's viewpoint these are key topics for deepening our insight into the ultrasonic welding process and, eventually, for enabling its future industrialization.

Original languageEnglish
Article number291
Number of pages10
JournalFrontiers in Materials
Volume6
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 14 Nov 2019

Keywords

  • energy director
  • fusion bonding
  • in situ monitoring
  • joining
  • polymer composites

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