Manufacturing process and mechanical properties of thermoplastic composite components

M. Hou, L. Yee, Y. W. Mai

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This paper presents some current results of manufacturing advanced composite components for a civil aircraft by compression moulding process using a carbon fibre fabric reinforced polyetherimide composite (CF/PEI). Effects of processing conditions on the consolidation quality and mechanical properties of CF/PEI composite are studied. A qualitative model to describe the impregnation and consolidation processes of this material was developed, with which an optimum processing window was established. The spring-in effect was taken into consideration in the design of processing mould system. Thermoplastic composite demonstration parts, aileron ribs and high load hinges were successfully produced according to the optimum processing window.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)334-338
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Materials Processing Technology
Issue number1-3
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1997
Externally publishedYes


  • Compression moulding
  • Consolidation
  • Manufacturing
  • Polyetherimide
  • Thermoplastic composites

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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