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    Cost-Effective Mechanical Property Characterization

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    This paper describes current mechanical property characterization practices for advanced composites in automotive and primarily stiffness-critical aircraft secondary structure applications. The use of extensive costly test programs to develop statistically valid static and fatigue design allowables is avoided. Use is made of small property-characterization programs that make maximum use of cost-effective coupon-type specimens and that are tailored to the special application at hand.


    composite materials, secondary structures, aircraft, automotive, hybrids, test methods, cost

    Author Information:

    Suarez, JA
    Group leader, Structural Mechanics Section, Grumman Aerospace Corp., Bethpage, N.Y.

    Committee/Subcommittee: D30.05

    DOI: 10.1520/STP29312S