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THERMOPLASTIC WELDING APPARATUS AND RELATED METHODS

United States Patent Application

20170165902
A1
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Thermoplastic welding apparatus and related methods are disclosed. An example method includes providing a smart susceptor between composite parts that are to be joined via thermoplastic welding. The example method includes positioning the composite parts and the smart susceptor on a tooling surface within a cavity of a tooling apparatus and applying a seal to the composite parts and the tooling surface to form a vacuum chamber between the composite parts and the tooling surface at a welding joint of the composite parts; producing a magnetic field at the welding joint. The example method includes providing a vacuum in the vacuum chamber during a welding operation.
MATSEN, Marc R. (Seattle, WA), NEGLEY, Mark A. (Bellevue, WA), GEREN, William Preston (Shoreline, WA), MILLER, Robert (Fall City, WA)
15/ 411,589
January 20, 2017
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT [0002] This invention was made with Government support under contract number DE-FG36-08GO18135 awarded by the United States Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in this invention.