Chapter 9: Microcrack Analysis of Composite Materials
The formation of microcracks in composite materials may arise from static-, dynamic-, impact-, or fatigue-loading situations and also by temperature changes or thermal cycles. This chapter discusses the processes involved in the various methods for the microcrack analysis of composite materials, namely bright-field analysis, polarized-light analysis, contrast dyes analysis, and dark-field analysis. The analysis of microcracked composites using epi-fluorescence is also covered. In addition, the chapter describes the procedures for the determination and recording of microcracks in composite materials.
Microcrack Analysis of Composite Materials, Optical Microscopy of Fiber-Reinforced Composites, By Brian S. Hayes, Luther M. Gammon, ASM International, 2010, p 159–175, https://doi.org/10.31399/asm.tb.omfrc.t53030159
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