Material Properties Testing of Composite Panels

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.

Tensile samples of the composite panel post load testing

Tensile samples of the composite panel post load testing.

I gained the following skills from this tour:

  • Composite materials manufacturing
  • Load testing
  • Stress-strain analysis
  • Failure analysis
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