ASTM D8285 / D8285M - 19

    Standard Practice for Compressive Properties of Tapered and Stepped Joints of Polymer Matrix Composite Laminates by Sandwich Construction Long Beam Flexure

    Active Standard ASTM D8285 / D8285M | Developed by Subcommittee: D30.09

    Book of Standards Volume: 15.03


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    Significance and Use

    5.1 Flexure tests on flat sandwich panel construction may be conducted to determine facesheet scarf or step joint compressive strength.

    5.2 This practice is limited to obtaining the compressive strength of the sandwich panel scarf and step joint facesheets. Due to the curvature of the flexural test specimen when loaded, facesheet compression strength from this test may not be equivalent to the facesheet compression strength of sandwich structures subjected to pure edgewise (in-plane) compression.

    5.3 Factors that influence the compressive response and should therefore be reported include the following: materials (laminate facesheet, core, and adhesive); methods of material fabrication; methods of material preparation, including surface preparation prior to bonding, lay-up, specimen facesheet stacking sequence, and overall thickness; core geometry (cell size); core density; adhesive thickness; joint taper ratio or step length; ply overlap length; relative thickness and stiffness of parent and repair laminates; adhesive bond stiffness; specimen preparation; specimen conditioning; environment of testing; specimen alignment; speed of testing; time at temperature; void content; and volume percent reinforcement. Properties, in the test direction, which may be obtained from this practice, include the following:

    5.3.1 Ultimate compressive strength (based on the nominal repair material thickness), (Frcu).

    5.3.2 Ultimate running load per ply, (Nj).

    Note 2: Concentrated forces on beams with thin facesheets and low density cores can produce results that are difficult to interpret, especially close to the failure point. Wider loading blocks and rubber pads may assist in distributing the forces.

    Note 3: To ensure that simple sandwich beam theory is valid, a good rule of thumb for the four-point bending test is the support span length divided by the sandwich thickness should be greater than 20 (S/d > 20) with the ratio of repair material facesheet thickness to core thickness less than 0.1 (hr/c < 0.1).

    1. Scope

    1.1 This practice covers the procedure for determination of the compressive strength of a tapered or stepped bonded joint of polymer matrix composite materials. It is applicable to secondary bonded or co-bonded laminates with either unidirectional plies or woven fabric reinforcements. The materials to be bonded may be different systems. In the bondline, a separate adhesive material may or may not be used (example: adhesives may be used with a prepreg system or may not be used with a wet lay-up repair system). The range of acceptable test laminates and thicknesses are described in 8.2.7. The standard repair types are the same as for the tensile loading in Practice D8131/D8131M. While external patch repairs are not explicitly covered in this practice, these repairs could be tested as a non-standard specimen using this practice.

    1.2 This practice supplements Test Method D7249/D7249M for compressive loading of facesheet sandwich constructions by long beam flexure. Several important test specimen parameters (for example, joint length, ply overlaps, step depth, and taper ratio) are not mandated by this practice; however, these parameters are required to be specified and reported to support repeatable results.

    1.3 Unidirectional (0° ply orientation) composites as well as multi-directional composite laminates and fabric composites, can be tested.

    1.4 Units—The values stated in either SI units or inch-pound units are to be regarded separately as standard. The values stated in each system are not necessarily exact equivalents; therefore, to ensure conformance with the standard, each system shall be used independently of the other, and values from the two systems shall not be combined.

    1.4.1 Within the text, the inch-pound units are shown in brackets.

    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, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

    1.6 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.


    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

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

    D883 Terminology Relating to Plastics

    D3171 Test Methods for Constituent Content of Composite Materials

    D3878 Terminology for Composite Materials

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

    D7249/D7249M Test Method for Facesheet Properties of Sandwich Constructions by Long Beam Flexure

    D8131/D8131M Practice for Tensile Properties of Tapered and Stepped Joints of Polymer Matrix Composite Laminates

    E4 Practices for Force Verification of Testing Machines

    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

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

    E456 Terminology Relating to Quality and Statistics

    E2533 Guide for Nondestructive Testing of Polymer Matrix Composites Used in Aerospace Applications

    SAE Document

    CMH-17 Composite Materials Handbook-17 - Volume I


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    DOI: 10.1520/D8285_D8285M-19

    Citation Format

    ASTM D8285 / D8285M-19, Standard Practice for Compressive Properties of Tapered and Stepped Joints of Polymer Matrix Composite Laminates by Sandwich Construction Long Beam Flexure, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2019, www.astm.org

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