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New ASTM Standard Provides Testing for Interlaminar Fracture Toughness

02 December 2014

ASTM has released a new standard, D7905/D7905M, Test Method for Determination of the Mode II Interlaminar Fracture Toughness of Unidirectional Fibre-Reinforced Polymer Matrix Composites using the End-Notched Flexure (ENF) Test.

“Although we don’t really think about it, laminated composites are fairly ubiquitous,” says ASTM member Barry Davidson, PhD, the Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Syracuse University, US.

ASTM says a list of products that contain laminated, continuous fibre-reinforced composites proves Davidson’s point:

  • Sporting goods, including tennis rackets, golf clubs and skis;
  • Electronics, including many circuit boards;
  • Civil infrastructure, including bridge decking, gas pipelines and beams and columns in buildings;
  • Automotive structure, body panels and interiors; and
  • Airplanes, helicopters and spacecraft, in which such composites are used extensively.

While fracture toughness tests exist for Mode I and mixed-mode, no test currently exists for Mode II. The Mode II test described in ASTM D7905/D7905M is expected to be used by industry and government for qualitatively comparing composite materials as well as determining values to be used in design, analysis and acceptance/rejection criteria.

Davidson notes that delaminations can occur in several different ways: during manufacture, from damage during usage, from unexpected overloads of a structure or simply from normal service loadings over extended periods of time.

“Delamination growth represents a critical failure mode in structures fabricated from fibre reinforced polymer matrix composites, so there is a concerted effort in the community to develop the tools and techniques to make sure that this does not occur,” he says. Determining a material’s resistance to delamination growth is a key component to this work.

ASTM D7905/D7905M was developed by Subcommittee D30.06 on Interlaminar Properties, part of ASTMCommittee D30 on Composite Materials.





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