STP1206

    Compression of “Thick” Composites: Two Test Methods

    Published: Jan 1993


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    Abstract

    Because several uses of “thick” composites have become important to the armed forces, a need to characterize the compression properties of such materials was evident. A literature review did not uncover a test specimen that was adequate. Two programs to explore compression specimens will be discussed.

    The Navy specimen is an end-loaded coupon with tabs and clamping blocks. Its use was studied with glass epoxy and carbon epoxy materials.

    The Army specimen is a prism. Several materials have been tested with it. The observed failures and consistency of data indicate that it is a useful compression specimen.

    Keywords:

    organic matrix composites, compression testing


    Author Information:

    Goeke, EC
    Mechanical engineer, Army Research Laboratory, Watertown, MA


    Paper ID: STP12621S

    Committee/Subcommittee: D30.04

    DOI: 10.1520/STP12621S


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