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Nondestructive Ultrasonic Characterization of the Orientation Distribution of Short-Fiber Composites

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Author(s)

Martin Dunn, H M. Ledbetter

Abstract

The ease of fabrication and relatively low cost of composites containing short glass or ceramic fibers embedded in a polymer or metal matrix has made them attractive candidates for a wide range of applications. The preferential alignment, or misalignment depending on one's view, of the short fibers results in an overall texture of the composite and strongly influences its mechanical and physical response, for example, stiffness, conductivity, strength, and so on. The orientation of the short fibers depends strongly on the processing conditions. From a process-control viewpoint, it is imperative to determine if a composite component has adequate strength, stiffness, and so on, and it is preferable to obtain this information nondestructively. In short-fiber reinforced composites, the orientation distribution of the short fibers is the most significant variable that determines these overall properties.
Citation
Review of Progress in Quantative Nondestructive Evaluation
Volume
15

Keywords

composites, elastic constants, fiber composites, orientation distribution function

Citation

Dunn, M. and Ledbetter, H. (1999), Nondestructive Ultrasonic Characterization of the Orientation Distribution of Short-Fiber Composites, Review of Progress in Quantative Nondestructive Evaluation (Accessed May 24, 2024)

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Created November 30, 1999, Updated October 12, 2021