In-Situ Temperature Monitoring for Better Thermoplastic Welding

May 07, 2020

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Reliable bonding and joining of thermoplastic materials is a challenging and critical requirement. New in-situ monitoring technologies, based on high-definition distributed fiber optic sensors, are being used to provide real-time data for improved closed-loop control for induction welders, to optimize curing processes and even to validate the quality of adhesive joining processes. This webinar will illustrate how this new technology is being applied, how it provides real-time data not available with other measurement methods and how it can be applied to create smart parts with embedded strain sensors. The webinar will also include a demonstration of the technology.

Primary Topics:

  • Thermoplastic welding and joining
  • In-situ temperature measurements with embedded sensing
  • High-definition distributed fiber optic sensing
  • Closed-loop control of bonding process

Aida Rahim, Ph.D.
Senior Applications Engineer, Luna Innovations
Dr. Aida Rahim has been heavily involved in the application of high definition distributed fiber optic sensing (HD-FOS) to various sensing applications. She has worked with customers to implement HD-FOS on aircraft structural testing from element to component as well as in and on composite parts for process monitoring and damage detection. She worked on the first implementations of Luna's fiber sensing technology in thermoplastic induction welded parts as well as lithium ion batteries for temperature monitoring. Dr. Rahim has a B.A. and M.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cambridge and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT.