I worked in the Materials Branch of JSC’s Structural Engineering Division during the spring of 2014. I manufactured composite panels from four plies of cyanate-ester pre-preg graphite fabric. I then prepared tensile, compressive, and shear samples to approximate ASTM standards using a tile saw. I tested the samples on a load frame and analyzed the results.
Please see my results as well as some of the other small projects I worked on in my exit presentation.
I gained the following skills from this tour:
- Composite materials manufacturing
- Load testing
- Stress-strain analysis
- Failure analysis