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ASTM D3846-08(2015)

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

Standard Test Method for In-Plane Shear Strength of Reinforced Plastics D3846-08R15 ASTM|D3846-08R15|en-US Standard Test Method for In-Plane Shear Strength of Reinforced Plastics Standard new BOS Vol. 08.02 Committee D20
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Significance and Use

5.1 Shear tests of various kinds are widely used in the reinforced plastics industry to assess the strength of the reinforcement-to-resin bond in polyester-, vinyl ester-, and epoxy-resin composites. In addition to their importance for the generation of data for research and development, quality control, and specification purposes, such tests are of fundamental value to the fibrous reinforcement industry, since they can be used to assess the potential of new sizing systems for the surface treatment of glass fibers.

5.2 This test method is useful for establishing the shear strength of laminates or other reinforced plastics having randomly dispersed fiber reinforcement. While the test also lends itself to parallel-fiber reinforced plastics, it has been designed to accommodate nonparallel-fiber reinforced materials that cannot be tested satisfactorily by the short-beam procedure described in Test Method D2344/D2344M.


1.1 This test method covers the determination of the in-plane shear strength of reinforced thermosetting plastics in flat sheet form in thicknesses ranging from 2.54 to 6.60 mm (0.100 to 0.260 in.). This protocol in not for reinforced pultruded thermoset products, which may use Test Method D2344/D2344M.

1.2 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard. The values given in parentheses are for information only.

1.3 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.

Note 1: There is no known ISO equivalent to this standard.

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Book of Standards Volume: 08.02
Developed by Subcommittee: D20.18
Pages: 3
DOI: 10.1520/D3846-08R15
ICS Code: 83.120