Modern polymer composites combine high performance with great flexibility at the cost of increased material complexity. Characterizing the basic static properties of these materials requires a wide range of mechanical tests and more complex tests are required to determine their durability under service conditions such as compression after impact (CAI) for aerospace, fatigue loading in the wind energy sector and high-speed testing for automotive crash protection. Often, the tests need to be conducted under different environmental conditions and minimizing the scatter of the results of these tests while maintaining high productivity is a major challenge.

This talk will look at some common causes of variability in mechanical test data and will outline equipment recommendations and best operating practices.

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  • Composite material properties
  • Overview of mechanical testing of composites
  • Sources of variability and recommendations
Ian McEnteggart
Composites Market Manager
Ian McEnteggart, a leading expert in the composites testing industry, has worked with Instron for over 40 years. He is active in the development of international standards for materials testing and is chair of the BSI PRI/42 Composites Standards Committee.
Stephan Botzki
Applications Engineer
Stephan Botzki has a background in mechanics and data analysis. As an applications engineer at Instron, Stephan's primary focus centers on static high-force testing for composites and other high-strength material applications. He is a member of the ASTM D30 committee on composite materials.
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