ASTM D6856 / D6856M - 03(2008)e1

    Standard Guide for Testing Fabric-Reinforced "Textile" Composite Materials

    Active Standard ASTM D6856 / D6856M | Developed by Subcommittee: D30.04

    Book of Standards Volume: 15.03


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    ASTM D6856 / D6856M

    Significance and Use

    This guide is intended to serve as a reference for the testing of textile composite materials.

    The use of this guide ensures that proper consideration is given to the unique characteristics of these materials in testing. In addition, this guide also assists the user in selecting the best currently available ASTM test method for measurement of commonly evaluated material properties.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This guide is applicable to the testing of textile composites fabricated using fabric preforms, such as weaves, braids, stitched preforms, and so forth, as the reinforcement. The purpose of this guide is to:

    1.1.1 Ensure that proper consideration is given to the unique characteristics of these materials in testing.

    1.1.2 Assist the user in selecting the best currently available ASTM test method for the measurement of commonly evaluated material properties for this class of materials.

    1.2 Areas where current ASTM test methods do not meet the needs for testing of textile composites are indicated.

    1.3 It is not the intent of this guide to cover all test methods which could possibly be used for textile composites. Only the most commonly used and most applicable standards are included.

    1.4 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.

    1.5 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory requirements prior to use.


    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

    D790 Test Methods for Flexural Properties of Unreinforced and Reinforced Plastics and Electrical Insulating Materials

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

    D883 Terminology Relating to Plastics

    D2344/D2344M Test Method for Short-Beam Strength of Polymer Matrix Composite Materials and Their Laminates

    D3039/D3039M Test Method for Tensile Properties of Polymer Matrix Composite Materials

    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

    D3479/D3479M Test Method for Tension-Tension Fatigue of Polymer Matrix Composite Materials

    D3518/D3518M Test Method for In-Plane Shear Response of Polymer Matrix Composite Materials by Tensile Test of a 45 Laminate

    D3846 Test Method for In-Plane Shear Strength of Reinforced Plastics

    D3878 Terminology for Composite Materials

    D4255/D4255M Test Method for In-Plane Shear Properties of Polymer Matrix Composite Materials by the Rail Shear Method

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

    D5379/D5379M Test Method for Shear Properties of Composite Materials by the V-Notched Beam Method

    D5528 Test Method for Mode I Interlaminar Fracture Toughness of Unidirectional Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Matrix Composites

    D5766/D5766M Test Method for Open-Hole Tensile Strength of Polymer Matrix Composite Laminates

    D5961/D5961M Test Method for Bearing Response of Polymer Matrix Composite Laminates

    D6115 Test Method for Mode I Fatigue Delamination Growth Onset of Unidirectional Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Matrix Composites

    D6272 Test Method for Flexural Properties of Unreinforced and Reinforced Plastics and Electrical Insulating Materials by Four-Point Bending

    D6415 Test Method for Measuring the Curved Beam Strength of a Fiber-Reinforced Polymer-Matrix Composite

    D6484/D6484M Test Method for Open-Hole Compressive Strength of Polymer Matrix Composite Laminates

    D6641/D6641M Test Method for Compressive Properties of Polymer Matrix Composite Materials Using a Combined Loading Compression (CLC) Test Fixture

    D6671/D6671M Test Method for Mixed Mode I-Mode II Interlaminar Fracture Toughness of Unidirectional Fiber Reinforced Polymer Matrix Composites

    E6 Terminology Relating to Methods of Mechanical Testing

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

    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


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 59.080.30 (Textile fabrics)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    DOI: 10.1520/D6856_D6856M-03R08E01

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