ASTM D5467 / D5467M - 97(2010)

    Standard Test Method for Compressive Properties of Unidirectional Polymer Matrix Composites Using a Sandwich Beam

    Active Standard ASTM D5467 / D5467M | Developed by Subcommittee: D30.04

    Book of Standards Volume: 15.03


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    Significance and Use

    This test method is designed to produce membrane compressive property data for material specifications, research and development, quality assurance, and structural design and analysis. Factors that influence the compressive response and should therefore be reported include the following: material, methods of material and specimen preparation, specimen conditioning, environment of testing, specimen alignment, speed of testing, time at reinforcement. Properties, in the test direction, that may be obtained from this test method include:

    Ultimate compressive strength,

    Ultimate compressive strain,

    Compressive (linear or chord) modulus of elasticity, and

    Transition strain.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers the in-plane compressive properties of polymer matrix composite materials reinforced by high-modulus fibers in a sandwich beam configuration. The composite material forms are limited to continuous-fiber composites of unidirectional orientation. This test procedure introduces compressive load into a thin skin bonded to a thick honeycomb core with the compressive load transmitted into the sample by subjecting the beam to four-point bending.

    1.2 This procedure is applicable primarily to laminates made from prepreg or similar product forms. Other product forms may require deviations from the test method.

    1.3 The values stated in either SI units or inch-pound units are to be regarded separately as standard. The values stated in each system may not be exact equivalents; therefore, each system shall be used independently of the other. Combining values from the two systems may result in non-conformance with the standard.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    D695 Test Method for Compressive Properties of Rigid Plastics

    D792 Test Methods for Density and Specific Gravity (Relative Density) of Plastics by Displacement

    D883 Terminology Relating to Plastics

    D2584 Test Method for Ignition Loss of Cured Reinforced Resins

    D2734 Test Methods for Void Content of Reinforced Plastics

    D3171 Test Methods for Constituent Content of Composite Materials

    D3410/D3410M Test Method for Compressive Properties of Polymer Matrix Composite Materials with Unsupported Gage Section by Shear Loading

    D3878 Terminology for Composite Materials

    D5229/D5229M Test Method for Moisture Absorption Properties and Equilibrium Conditioning of Polymer Matrix Composite Materials

    E4 Practices for Force Verification of Testing Machines

    E6 Terminology Relating to Methods of Mechanical Testing

    E111 Test Method for Youngs Modulus, Tangent Modulus, and Chord Modulus

    E122 Practice for Calculating Sample Size to Estimate, With Specified Precision, the Average for a Characteristic of a Lot or Process

    E177 Practice for Use of the Terms Precision and Bias in ASTM Test Methods

    E251 Test Methods for Performance Characteristics of Metallic Bonded Resistance Strain Gauges

    E456 Terminology Relating to Quality and Statistics

    E1237 Guide for Installing Bonded Resistance Strain Gages

    E1309 Guide for Identification of Fiber-Reinforced Polymer-Matrix Composite Materials in Databases

    E1434 Guide for Recording Mechanical Test Data of Fiber-Reinforced Composite Materials in Databases

    E1471 Guide for Identification of Fibers, Fillers, and Core Materials in Computerized Material Property Databases


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 83.120 (Reinforced plastics)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    Referencing This Standard

    DOI: 10.1520/D5467_D5467M-97R10

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    Citation Format

    ASTM D5467 / D5467M-97(2010), Standard Test Method for Compressive Properties of Unidirectional Polymer Matrix Composites Using a Sandwich Beam, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2010, www.astm.org

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