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Thermal Control of Continuous Resistance Welding of Fiberglass Laminates for Automated Manufacturing

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Iraj Mantegh, Ali Yousefpour

National Research Council Canada, Montreal, QC, Canada

Imad Zammar, Mojtaba Ahmadi

Carleton University, Ottawa, ON, Canada

Paper No. DETC2013-13343, pp. V004T08A047; 7 pages
doi:10.1115/DETC2013-13343
From:
  • ASME 2013 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 4: 18th Design for Manufacturing and the Life Cycle Conference; 2013 ASME/IEEE International Conference on Mechatronic and Embedded Systems and Applications
  • Portland, Oregon, USA, August 4–7, 2013
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5591-1
  • Copyright © 2013 by ASME and Crown in Right of Canada

abstract

Resistance welding is an alternative process to mechanical fastening and adhesive bonding in joining thermoplastic composites. The resistance welding procedure involves the Joule heating of a heating element located between two adjoining thermoplastics. The application of heat causes the material in the interface between two surfaces to melt. The current stops then and the interfacing surfaces bound under a compaction pressure, while cooling. This results in a fusion bond between the two components. A fuzzy logic controller is designed and implemented in real-time using the temperature estimate as the feedback signal. The result is a controller capable of maintaining the weld temperature within 10% of the reference temperature.

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