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ASTM D4018-99(2004)

Standard Test Methods for Properties of Continuous Filament Carbon and Graphite Fiber Tows

Standard Test Methods for Properties of Continuous Filament Carbon and Graphite Fiber Tows D4018-99R04 ASTM|D4018-99R04|en-US Standard Test Methods for Properties of Continuous Filament Carbon and Graphite Fiber Tows Standard new BOS Vol. 15.03 Committee D30
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Significance and Use

The properties determined by these test methods are of value in material specifications, qualifications, data base generation, certification, research, and development.

These test methods are intended for the testing of fibers that have been specifically developed for use as reinforcing agents in advanced composite structures. The test results of an impregnated and consolidated fiber should be representative of the strength and modulus that are available in the material when used as intended. The performance of fibers in different resin systems can vary significantly so that correlations between results using these test methods and composite testing may not always be obtained.

The reproducibility of test results is dependent upon precise control over all test conditions. Resin type, content and distribution, curing process, filament alignment, gripping in the testing machine, and alignment in the testing machine are of special importance.

The measured strengths of fibers are not unique quantities and test results are strongly dependent on the test methods used. Therefore the test method described here will not necessarily give the same mean strengths or standard deviations as those obtained from single filaments, dry fibers, composite laminas, or composite laminates.


1.1 These test methods cover the preparation and tensile testing of resin-impregnated and consolidated test specimens made from continuous filament carbon and graphite yarns, rovings, and tows to determine their tensile properties.

1.2 These test methods also cover the determination of the density and mass per unit length of the yarn, roving, or tow to provide supplementary data for tensile property calculation.

1.3 These test methods include a procedure for sizing removal to provide the preferred desized fiber samples for density measurement. This procedure may also be used to determine the weight percent sizing.

1.4 These test methods include a procedure for determining the weight percent moisture adsorption of carbon or graphite fiber.

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

1.6 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.

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Book of Standards Volume: 15.03
Developed by Subcommittee: D30.03
Pages: 7
DOI: 10.1520/D4018-99R04
ICS Code: 59.100.20