Co-consolidating thermoplastic composite article after thermoforming stiffers

Ke Jian Wang, Xiao Su Yi, Bang Ming Tang, Hong Yun Li

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This paper reported an integrated manufacturing process of one thermoplastic composite article with L-shaped stiffers of poly(ether ether ketone) (PEEK) matrix carbon fiber reinforced composites. It was found that the stiffer margins were not well consolidated by directly press forming after laying up the designed number of fabric in mold. However, a matched-die press thermoforming from the preformed blank solved the problem. The L-shaped stiffers were then fixed in mold to co-consolidate with the multiple fabric for cover flat part and finally bonded to each other. When using such quick forming techniques, the fabrication cost could drop dramatically in large volume production of aerospace composites 3-D structural parts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16-20
Number of pages5
JournalHangkong Cailiao Xuebao/Journal of Aeronautical Materials
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Co-consolidation
  • Low cost fabrication
  • Thermoforming
  • Thermoplastic composites

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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