Skip to main content
U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Official websites use .gov
A .gov website belongs to an official government organization in the United States.

Secure .gov websites use HTTPS
A lock ( ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .gov website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

Applications of Optical Coherence Tomography to the Study of Polymer Matrix Composites

Published

Author(s)

Joy P. Dunkers

Abstract

The use of optical coherence tomography (OCT) to study polymer matrix composites (PMCS) is very recent. So recent, in fact, that the full potential and limitations of this technique have yet to be studied completely since PMCS are a large and varied class of materials. At the onset of this program, OCT was pursued as a technique to non-destructively study PMCS because it offered a combination of spatial resolution and depth of penetration that was not currently available. Research efforts have been focused thus far on fiberglass reinforced composites, although some work has been done on Kevlar. A comparison of OCT and more traditional non-destructive evaluation techniques in the area of PMCS is provided later in this chapter. The discussion will focus on OCT as an NDE tool for microstructural and defect characterization and damage assessment. Since this chapter is a departure from the rest of this book, an introduction to PMCS to provide background and direction is given.
Citation
Applications of Optical Coherence Tomography to the Study of Polymer Matrix Composites
Volume
275
Publisher Info
Handbook of Optical Coherence Tomography Chapter in Handbook of Optical Coherence Tomography, B. Bouma and G. Tearney, eds.,

Keywords

composites, damage, microstructure, non-destructive evaluation, optical coherence tomography

Citation

Dunkers, J. (2002), Applications of Optical Coherence Tomography to the Study of Polymer Matrix Composites, Handbook of Optical Coherence Tomography Chapter in Handbook of Optical Coherence Tomography, B. Bouma and G. Tearney, eds., , [online], https://tsapps.nist.gov/publication/get_pdf.cfm?pub_id=851567 (Accessed May 25, 2024)

Issues

If you have any questions about this publication or are having problems accessing it, please contact reflib@nist.gov.

Created January 1, 2002, Updated February 19, 2017