Fiber reinforced composite contains carbon, glass, ceramic, as well as polymer fibers like aramid (Kevlar), poly olefin fibers in woven fabric form or aligned non-woven fibers, infiltrated by a polymeric, ceramic or metallic matrix by several processes like vacuum infusion, pressure infiltration, autoclaving, thermoforming, etc. Some new developments include also some natural fibers like cotton, flax, hemp fibers. They may be structural or semi structural composites. Physical, chemical, and mechanical properties of composite materials as well as the constituent materials are important for designing and applying these class of materials.
Capability – At Touchstone Testing Laboratory, we routinely test composite materials for aerospace, automotive and other customers. We have capability to test mechanical, physical and chemical properties of composites as well as the constituent materials like resin, fibers, etc. Typical properties we test routinely are tensile, compressive, shear, flexure properties of composites. In addition, we test for wear, erosion, water resistance, humidity resistance, swelling, etc. We also test properties of constituents like flow time, gel time, volatiles contents of the resins, as well as structural properties of individual fliers, tows, woven fiber cloth, and prepregs.
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Fiber reinforced composite materials are gaining more and more share of structural materials market with the maturation of composite manufacturing technologies. In addition, new fibers, both manmade and natural, with better properties are being developed. It is important to understand the performance of these fibers. Fiber testing encompasses a range testing from mechanical testing, optical… Continue Reading
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