The use of composite materials continues to increase in the aerospace community due to the potential benefits of reduced weight, increased strength, and manufacturability. The ability to characterize damage in carbon fiber reinforced polymer composite components is required to enable damage progression models capable of yielding accurate remaining life predictions. As these composite structures become larger and more complex, nondestructive evaluation (NDE) techniques capable of quantifying and fully characterizing the material state are needed. This paper will present an overview of current NDE research activities for quantitative characterization of aerospace composites as well as a discussion of future directions in NDE research.
K. Elliott Cramer, "Current and future needs and research for composite materials NDE," Proc. SPIE 10596, Behavior and Mechanics of Multifunctional Materials and Composites XII, 1059603 (Presented at SPIE Smart Structures and Materials + Nondestructive Evaluation and Health Monitoring: March 06, 2018; Published: 22 March 2018); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2291921.
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