Microscopic and macroscopic examination of fiber-reinforced composite materials helps ensure the quality of the material early in the manufacturing process. Thorough material evaluations allow manufacturers to mitigate risk and save time and money.
During composite manufacturing, it is possible to introduce a range of unwanted specimen defects such as micro or macrocracks, resin rich areas, porosity/voids, and delamination through to fiber undulations, poor edge consolidation and telegraphing.
Fiber-reinforced composite materials investigations
Both microscopic and macroscopic examinations are useful methods for identifying defects in fiber-reinforced composite materials. These evaluation methods coupled with computer image analysis provide both qualitative and quantitative data without damaging the integrity of the material or part.
An in-depth microscopic examination is often carried out on a sample following an initial overall macroscopic examination of the part.
Composite testing at Element
Our composite material experts have a breadth of experience examining microscopic and macroscopic fiber-reinforced composite material samples. We work diligently alongside our customers to achieve their desired results by investigating materials according to their specific tolerances and pass/fail criteria.
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