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25-26 April 2017, Manchester

Test Methods for Composite Materials

This two-day seminar will take place from 25-26 April in Manchester, UK. Composite materials, whether for use in high performance structures or in commodity applications, present many unique mechanical testing problems. Thus, this two-day seminar will be directed toward the proper selection of a test method for each specific application, from the many methods currently available.

Examples will include properties characterization for mechanical design, and evaluations of manufacturing quality control. Although many test methods have been standardized by ASTM, ISO and other groups, some have not, having been developed as company standards over the years. Thus, it is important to be able to decide which test to use in a particular situation, and which composite characteristics are to be determined.

The goal is to understand what needs to be done, and the required facilities, time, and costs involved in doing so. As will be demonstrated, mechanical testing can be very time consuming and expensive. Thus, it is especially important to do it correctly the first time. This is a particular challenge because of the wide range of test methods often available and in common use for determining the same composite property.

This two-day seminar is intended both as an introduction for the novice and as a refresher for the experienced individual involved in any way with the design, manufacturing, and testing of composite components. This involvement may range from being the technician actually performing the testing, the engineer designing the test matrix and defining the test procedures, the manager overseeing the work, and the customer who must be sufficiently knowledgeable to accept or question the test results.

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