Measuring Viscoelastic Properties of Fiber-Reinforced Epoxy

When it comes to the characterization of fiber reinforced composites with dynamic measuring techniques many options are available, but they all have pros and cons for different materials and applications. In their paper, Huayamares et al. set out to answer some relevant questions by comparing measurements in 3-point bending and torsion mode. We summarize the main findings of the scientific paper and explain the measurements as well as the corresponding interpretation of the results depending on the use case.

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How to use TGA for the quality control of carbon fiber-reinforced polymers

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The determination of fiber volume fraction is crucial for the quality control of carbon fiber-reinforced polymers (CFRP) in order to ensure their favorable mechanical and physical properties for the use in aerospace, wind energy and automotive sectors. A new thermogravimetric testing method, published by Dominik Grund in the journal “Polymer Testing”, considers heating rate, analysis atmosphere and sample size to efficiently ensure high quality of the material. This editorial summarizes the steps for the use of TGA in the quality control of carbon fiber-reinforced polymers.

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