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Materials and Component Testing for Composites

What is a Composite Material?

Composite materials are engineered by combining two or more materials with significantly different properties, creating a new and superior material. Composites are ideal for a wide range of applications across various industries, including aerospace, automotive, construction, sports equipment, and renewable energy. This is due to their high strength, low weight, and excellent corrosion resistance.

Common Types of Advanced Composite Materials Include:

Polymer Matrix Composites (PMCs):

  • Matrix materials include polymers such as thermoset epoxy, vinyl ester, thermoplastic polypropylene, and nylon
  • Reinforcement fibers include carbon fiber, glass fiber, and aramid fiber (Kevlar)

Metal Matrix Composites (MMCs):

  • Matrix materials include metals like aluminum, magnesium, and titanium
  • Reinforcement fibers include silicon carbide, boron carbide, and ceramic particles

Common Mechanical Tests for Composites

Mechanical testing of composites is performed to evaluate the performance under various service and loading conditions. The primary focus of these tests is to evaluate important mechanical properties such as strength, stiffness, toughness, fatigue life, and more.

  • Tensile testing determines tensile strength, Young's modulus (stiffness), and elongation (or strain) at break.
  • Compression tests evaluate the compressive strength, modulus, and strain at failure.
  • Flexural testing measures the composite's resistance to bending. Flexural tests determine flexural strength, modulus, and deflection.
  • Shear testing determines the shear strength and modulus.
  • Impact tests evaluate impact resistance and toughness.
  • Fatigue tests allow designers to monitor progressive damage and minimize premature failure.

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Completing your material test system is easy. Simply start by choosing a test machine, choose your accessories, and select your controller software. We are your one-stop shop for all your application testing needs.

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Test Machines for Composites

Universal and fatigue test machines specifically configured for testing composite materials

The first step to configuring your composite testing system is to choose a test machine by series. Each series of composites test machines is designed to meet specific testing requirements and offer different features and capabilities. To determine the most suitable series for your needs, it's essential to consider the type of composite tests you will be conducting and any other materials you will be working with.

By carefully evaluating your requirements, you can select a series that aligns perfectly with your objectives. We recommend that you consult our experienced engineers who can guide you through the process of selecting the ideal series for your unique needs.

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High-performance and easy-to-use controller with logical workflow design

With an intuitive interface, Newton makes it easy for users to navigate through various options and settings, ultimately enhancing the overall user experience. By streamlining complex procedures into user-friendly steps, this software serves both experienced test engineers and beginners alike to conduct tests with confidence and accuracy.

Due to the massive selection of products that we offer, it can be difficult to narrow down what you need. Let us help you select and configure based on your testing application.

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Accessories for Composite Testing

General Purpose

Choose from 100's of standard composite test accessories as well as engineered solutions. All of our composite fixtures will fit any brand of test machine through the use of an adapter.

Specialized Composites Testing Accessories

In addition to our general purpose accessories we have fixtures specifically designed for testing composite materials and products.

Use the tables below to search for the fixture that matches your sample the best. Can’t find what you are looking for? Contact us. We are confident we have what you need.

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Composites Testing Standards

There are numerous composite testing standards available. Some of the most common composite test standards include:

Tensile Testing:

  • ASTM D3039 Tensile Properties of Polymer Matrix Composite Materials
  • ASTM D638 for Tensile Properties of Plastics and Electrical Insulating Materials

Compression Testing:

  • ASTM D695 for Compressive Properties of Rigid Plastics
  • ASTM D3410 for Compressive Properties of Polymer Matrix Composite Materials

Flexural Testing:

  • ASTM D7264 for Flexural Properties of Polymer Matrix Composite Materials
  • ASTM D6214 for Flexural Properties of Sandwich Constructions

Shear Testing:

  • ASTM D2344 for Short-Beam Shear Strength of Polymer Matrix Composite Materials
  • ASTM D3518 for In-Plane Shear Testing of Polymer Matrix Composite Materials by the Double Lap Shear Technique

Composite Testing Standards by Standards Organization:

If you have a specific standard that you will be using, please refer to this table to find and learn more about the products we recommend for that particular standard.