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A test plan specifies material properties to be evaluated, selects test methods, eliminates options offered by standard test methods by selecting specific specimen and test configurations, and defines success criteria. This article discusses various testing objectives that affect the execution of testing programs. The testing objectives include development of test matrices, testing standards, specimen preparation, environmental conditioning, instrumentation and data acquisition, failure modes, and data interpretation and recording.

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Carl Rousseau, 2001. "Test Program Planning", Composites, Daniel B. Miracle, Steven L. Donaldson

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