Thermal analysis of joining thermoplastic matrix composites using microwaves

Ku, Harry S. and Lee, Kin Fung and Li, Chun Wai (2003) Thermal analysis of joining thermoplastic matrix composites using microwaves. Transactions, Hong Kong Institution of Engineers, 10 (1). pp. 14-20. ISSN 1023-697X


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[Abstract]: Industrial microwave technology for processing polymers and polymer-based composites is currently in a state of considerable flux. Ku et al. (1997a; 1997b; 1999a) used the equipment shown in Figure 1 to join random glass or carbon fibres reinforced thermoplastic composites. The material used for the research is 33% by weight random glass fibre reinforced low-density polyethylene [LDPE/GF (33%)] using Araldite as primer. The heat absorbed and heat flow in the sample materials are studied. The temperatures at different points of the samples are also measured using infrared thermometer. The effect of power input and cycle time on the temperature distribution in the test piece is detailed together with the underlying principles of sample material interactions with electromagnetic field.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published version of paper deposited with permission of publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 01:03
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:43
Uncontrolled Keywords: relative complex relative permitivity, loss tangent, 33% by weight random glass fibre-reinforced low-density polyethylene, curing, lap shear bond strength, microwaves
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091202 Composite and Hybrid Materials

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