X-Ray computed tomography of composites

Fabien Leonard, Jasmin Stein, Matthieu Gresil, Constantinos Soutis

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Fibre reinforced polymer composites (FRPC) are widely used in engineering applications due to their high specific strength and high specific modulus. However, due to the high complexity of the structures and the damage mechanisms, composite materials are increasingly complex. Traditional NDT techniques such as ultrasound C-scan, Shearography and thermography and destructive techniques such as optical microscopy and scanning electron microscopy provide limited information. In order to have a thorough understanding of the structure and of the damage, a method of investigation in 3D would be highly beneficial. X-ray computed tomography (CT) is such a technique where 3D information can be acquired. The capabilities of CT are showcased by means of three case studies focused on composite manufacturing, fatigue damage and impact damage of composites.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationX-Ray computed tomography of composites
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
EventAnnual Conference of the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing 2014 - Manchester, United Kingdom
Duration: 9 Sept 201411 Sept 2014
Conference number: 53rd


ConferenceAnnual Conference of the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing 2014
Abbreviated titleNDT 2014
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom

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