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The Joining of Thermoplastic Composites to Metals
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The Joining of Thermoplastic Composites to Metals

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Faranak Bahrami
University of Surrey
Research Title:
The Joining of Thermoplastic Composites to Metals
Research Abstract:

Thermoplastic composites are being selected ever more frequently in applications including aerospace and automotive due to their high stiffness, high toughness, low density, and melt processability. There is a demand provide industry with technologies to allow them to fully exploit the advantages of these materials, and some of these are in the fields of joining thermoplastic composites to metals.


The aim of this project is to further develop the Polymer Coated Material (PCM) and Comeld technology for thermoplastic material, as well as investigating the possibility of a direct bond between metal and carbon fibre as a precursor to the next technology which is expected to improve joint mechanical properties still further. The project will combine a range of disciplines including; design, simulation, mechanical testing, NDT, and will complement existing ACS CRP projects on thermal piercing (joining), thermoplastic composites welding, and plasma pre-treatment.