A three-dimensional transient heat transfer model is developed for a sequential joining process (resistance welding) applied on thermoplastic composites. This process involves with moving a voltage source along a heating element that conducts the power throughout a resistive mesh, generating heat and melts and bounds two composite surfaces. The model developed here is used to predict the spatial and temporal variations in the current and temperature over the weld seam for different set of input variables. The model integrates both the resistive and thermal behaviours of components involved. The significance of this modeling approach is that it captures the movement of the electrical connection, simulating a sequential joining process along a continuous weld seam. The modeling results are compared with experimental data obtained by thermocouples and infrared camera, and accurately predict the trend of variations in weld temperature.

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