Location

La Jolla, CA

Start Date

1-1-1993 12:00 AM

Description

Fiber reinforced composite materials are being used in an increasingly wide range of structural applications. However, many types of composite laminates are extremely susceptible to impact damage [1,2]. Relatively low energy impacts may induce significant internal damage, generally in the form of matrix cracks and delaminations, which are not accompanied by visual evidence [3–5]. This damage has been shown to significantly reduce the strength, stiffness and fatigue life of compression loaded, flat composite laminates [1,2,4–7], as well as the strength of thin walled composite tubes [8]. Residual strength and life are closely related to the nature and extent of damage [6,7]; thus, the capability to perform detailed nondestructive evaluation of damage represents a critical component in the damage tolerant design of composite structures.

Book Title

Review of Progress in Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation

Volume

12B

Chapter

Chapter 5: Engineered Materials

Section

Composite Defects

Pages

1397-1404

DOI

10.1007/978-1-4615-2848-7_178

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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Ultrasonic Inspection of Thin Walled Composite Tubes

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Fiber reinforced composite materials are being used in an increasingly wide range of structural applications. However, many types of composite laminates are extremely susceptible to impact damage [1,2]. Relatively low energy impacts may induce significant internal damage, generally in the form of matrix cracks and delaminations, which are not accompanied by visual evidence [3–5]. This damage has been shown to significantly reduce the strength, stiffness and fatigue life of compression loaded, flat composite laminates [1,2,4–7], as well as the strength of thin walled composite tubes [8]. Residual strength and life are closely related to the nature and extent of damage [6,7]; thus, the capability to perform detailed nondestructive evaluation of damage represents a critical component in the damage tolerant design of composite structures.