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Lookup NU author(s): Mariano Otheguy-Torres,
Professor Geoff Gibson,
Professor Mark Robinson
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This article presents an experimental study of fusion-bonded polypropylene (PP) glass composite joints in the context of small craft manufacture. The objective is to investigate the manufacturing of lap joints and T-joints as a structural part of a small boat and study their properties, because a joining technique is a fundamental requirement of any boat construction technology. Results show that PP interlayers improve bond quality for both lap joints and T-joints and that woven precursor materials are preferred for T-joint manufacturing. It was also found that this technique produces higher lap shear strength values than adhesives and resistance welding, and that pull-out strength values were comparable with those of thermosetting designs, demonstrating that fusion bonding is a suitable joining technique for thermoplastic composite craft.
Author(s): Otheguy ME, Gibson AG, Robinson AM
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Journal of Thermoplastic Composite Materials
Print publication date: 01/05/2013
Online publication date: 08/02/2012
ISSN (print): 0892-7057
ISSN (electronic): 1530-7980
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
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