This article describes the failure analysis procedures for composites and the techniques to be used in these analyses. These procedures include a review of the available in-service records, materials and processing methods, print requirements, and manufacturing records; visual analysis and nondestructive part evaluation; and verification of materials and processing methods. The article discusses the determination of fiber, matrix, and void volume fractions and verification of ply lay-up and orientation. A review of composites processing parameters; fractography and surface analysis; and mechanical testing and stress analysis is also presented.
Patricia L. Stumpff, Failure Analysis Procedures, Composites, Vol 21, ASM Handbook, Edited By Daniel B. Miracle, Steven L. Donaldson, ASM International, 2001, p 953–957, https://doi.org/10.31399/asm.hb.v21.a0003462
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