Comparative Manufacture and Testing of Induction-Welded and Adhesively-Bonded Carbon Fibre PEEK Stiffened Panels

Michael Flanagan, Adrian Doyle, Keith Doyle, Mark Ward, Mathieu Bizeul, Rory Canavan, Brian Weafer, Conchur O Brádaigh, Harrison Noel, Jamie Goggins

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Abstract

This work presents details of manufacturing and testing of a carbon fibre polyetheretherketone (CF-PEEK) induction welded hat-stiffened panel. Mechanical testing is carried out to evaluate the performance of the welded assembly and results are compared with similar testing of an adhesively bonded panel. The results show that the welded panel and the bonded panels had similar load bearing capacity (<2% difference) and stiffness (< 1% difference). Optical microscopy is used to verify the weld quality and identify manufacturing artefacts associated with induction welding. Inspection of the panel after welding shows that the induction welding process caused minor warpage, voids, and delamination in the panel. The work addresses the lack of data relating to demonstrator scale welded assemblies in the literature, demonstrates that continuous induction welding is a suitable assembly technique for aerospace and automotive components under uniaxial in-plane compressive loading, and identifies process-induced artefacts that may occur during induction welding.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Thermoplastic Composite Materials
Early online date3 Oct 2018
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 3 Oct 2018

Keywords

  • Mechanical Testing, Assembly, Joining, Induction Welding, PEEK, Carbon Fibre

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