Processing of Thermoplastic Matrix Composites

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1987
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Loos, Alfred
Dara, Philip
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In recent years considerable attention has been focused on the use of tough, high-temperature, sol vent-resistant thermoplastic polymers as matrix materials for fiber-reinforced composites. Thermoplastic resin systems have shown potential for reducing manufacturing costs and improving the damage tolerance of composite structures. In order to produce high-quality composite laminates from continuous fiber-reinforced thermoplastic prepregs the processing temperature and pressure must be selected so that intimate contact (coalescence) at the ply interfaces is achieved resulting in the formation of strong interfacial bonds (consolidation).

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