05468327 is referenced by 25 patents and cites 22 patents.

A braided fiber reinforced thermoplastic member is formed by a device, which comprises a braiding device for weaving thermoplastic coated fibers with second fibers onto a weaving mandrel for form a braided preform, and a heating die for melting the thermoplastic of the coated fibers of the braided preform to form a continuous matrix of thermoplastic between the coated fibers and the second fibers. A method for forming a fiber reinforced thermoplastic member comprises coating carbon fibers with a thermoplastic melt, cooling the thermoplastic coated carbon fibers, braiding the coated carbon fibers onto a weaving mandrel with Kevlar.RTM. bias fibers to form a braided preform, and drawing the braided preform through a heating die.

Title
Method and device for continuous formation of braid reinforced thermoplastic structural and flexible members
Application Number
8/186451
Publication Number
5468327
Application Date
January 24, 1994
Publication Date
November 21, 1995
Inventor
Stephen Orroth
Windham
NH, US
Amad Tayebi
Westford
MA, US
Craig Douglas
Lexington
MA, US
Andrew Pawlowicz
Midland
MI, US
Agent
Hamilton Brook Smith & Reynolds
Assignee
University of Massachusetts Lowell
MA, US
IPC
B29D 3/02
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