ASTM E2662 - 09

    Standard Practice for Radiologic Examination of Flat Panel Composites and Sandwich Core Materials Used in Aerospace Applications

    Active Standard ASTM E2662 | Developed by Subcommittee: E07.01

    Book of Standards Volume: 03.03


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    Significance and Use

    Radiologic examination may be used during product and process design optimization, on line process control, after manufacture inspection, and in service inspection. In addition to verifying structural placement, radiologic examination can be used in the case of honeycomb core materials to detect node bonds, core-to-core splices, and core-to-structure splices. Radiologic examination is especially well suited for detecting sub-surface flaws. The general types of defects detected by radiologic examination include blown core, core corrosion, damaged filaments, density variation, entrapped fluid, fiber debonding, fiber misalignment, foreign material, fractures, inclusions, microcracks, node bond failure, porosity/voids, and thickness variation.

    Factors that influence image formation and X-ray attenuation in radiologic examination , and which are relevant to interpreting the images for the conditions of interest, should be included in the examination request. Examples are, but not limited to, the following: laminate (matrix and fiber) material, lay-up geometry, fiber volume fraction (flat panels); facing material, core material, facing stack sequence, core geometry (cell size); core density, facing void content, adhesive void content, and facing volume percent reinforcement (sandwich core materials); overall thickness, specimen alignment, specimen geometry relative to the beam (flat panels and sandwich core materials).

    1. Scope

    1.1 This practice is intended to be used as a supplement to Practices E 1742, E 1255, and E 2033.

    1.2 This practice describes procedures for radiologic examination of flat panel composites and sandwich core materials made entirely or in part from fiber-reinforced polymer matrix composites. Radiologic examination is: a) radiographic (RT) with film, b) Computed Radiography (CR) with Imaging Plate, c) Digital Radiology (DR) with Digital Detector Arrays (DDA), and d) Radioscopic (RTR) Real Time Radiology with a detection system such as an Image Intensifier. The composite materials under consideration typically contain continuous high modulus fibers (> 20 GPa), such as those listed in 1.4.

    1.3 This practice describes established radiological examination methods that are currently used by industry that have demonstrated utility in quality assurance of flat panel composites and sandwich core materials during product process design and optimization, process control, after manufacture inspection, in service examination, and health monitoring.

    1.4 This practice has utility for examination of flat panel composites and sandwich constructions containing but not limited to bismaleimide, epoxy, phenolic, poly(amide imide), polybenzimidazole, polyester (thermosetting and thermoplastic), poly(ether ether ketone), poly(ether imide), polyimide (thermosetting and thermoplastic), poly(phenylene sulfide), or polysulfone matrices; and alumina, aramid, boron, carbon, glass, quartz, or silicon carbide fibers. Typical as-fabricated geometries include uniaxial, cross ply and angle ply laminates; as well as honeycomb core sandwich constructions.

    1.5 This practice does not specify accept-reject criteria and is not intended to be used as a means for approving flat panel composites or sandwich core materials for service.

    1.6 To ensure proper use of the referenced standards, there are recognized nondestructive testing (NDT) specialists that are certified according to industry and company NDT specifications. It is recommended that a NDT specialist be a part of any composite component design, quality assurance, in service maintenance or damage examination.

    1.7 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 limitations 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

    C274 Terminology of Structural Sandwich Constructions

    D1434 Test Method for Determining Gas Permeability Characteristics of Plastic Film and Sheeting

    D3878 Terminology for Composite Materials

    E94 Guide for Radiographic Examination

    E543 Specification for Agencies Performing Nondestructive Testing

    E747 Practice for Design, Manufacture and Material Grouping Classification of Wire Image Quality Indicators (IQI) Used for Radiology

    E1000 Guide for Radioscopy

    E1025 Practice for Design, Manufacture, and Material Grouping Classification of Hole-Type Image Quality Indicators (IQI) Used for Radiology

    E1165 Test Method for Measurement of Focal Spots of Industrial X-Ray Tubes by Pinhole Imaging

    E1255 Practice for Radioscopy

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

    E1316 Terminology for Nondestructive Examinations

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

    E1742 Practice for Radiographic Examination

    E1815 Test Method for Classification of Film Systems for Industrial Radiography

    E1817 Practice for Controlling Quality of Radiological Examination by Using Representative Quality Indicators (RQIs)

    E2007 Guide for Computed Radiography

    E2033 Practice for Computed Radiology (Photostimulable Luminescence Method)

    E2446 Practice for Classification of Computed Radiology Systems

    E2597 Practice for Manufacturing Characterization of Digital Detector Arrays

    2.2 National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurement (NCRP) Documents

    NCRP144 Radiation Protection for Particle Accelerator Facilities

    Federal Standards

    29CFR1910.1096 Ionizing Radiation (X-rays, RF, etc.)

    2.4tAerospace Industries Association Document


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 49.035 (Components for aerospace construction)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    DOI: 10.1520/E2662-09

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