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Standard Guide for Testing Polymer Matrix Composite Materials


1.1 This guide summarizes the application of ASTM standard test methods (and other supporting standards) to continuous-fiber reinforced polymer matrix composite materials. The most commonly used or most applicable ASTM standards are included, emphasizing use of standards of Committee D30 on Composite Materials.

1.2 This guide does not cover all possible standards that could apply to polymer matrix composites and restricts discussion to the documented scope. Commonly used but non-standard industry extensions of test method scopes, such as application of static test methods to fatigue testing, are not discussed. A more complete summary of general composite testing standards, including non-ASTM test methods, is included in the Composite Materials Handbook (MIL-HDBK-17). Additional specific recommendations for testing textile (fabric, braided) composites are contained in Guide D6856.

1.3 This guide does not specify a system of measurement; the systems specified within each of the referenced standards shall apply as appropriate. Note that the referenced standards of ASTM Committee D30 are either SI-only or combined-unit standards with SI units listed first.

1.4 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

Significance and Use

This guide is intended to aid in the selection of standards for polymer matrix composite materials. It specifically summarizes the application of standards from ASTM Committee D30 on Composite Materials that apply to continuous-fiber reinforced polymer matrix composite materials. For reference and comparison, many commonly used or applicable ASTM standards from other ASTM Committees are also included.


bearing strength; bearing-bypass interaction; coefficient of thermal expansion; composite materials; composites; compression; compressive strength; constituent content; crack-growth testing; creep; creep strength; CTE; curved-beam strength; damage; damage resistance; damage tolerance; data recording; data records; delamination; density; drop-weight impact; elastic modulus; fastener pull-through; fatigue; fiber; fiber volume; filament; filled-hole compression strength; filled-hole tensile strength; flatwise tensile strength; flexural modulus; flexure; fracture; fracture toughness; gel time; glass transition temperature; hoop-wound; impact; impact strength; lamina; laminate; matrix content; mixed mode; mode I; mode II; mode III; modulus of elasticity; moisture content; moisture diffusivity; OHC; OHT; open-hole compressive strength; open-hole tensile strength; out-of-plane compressive strength; out-of-plane shear strength; out-of-plane tensile strength; panel; plate; Poisson's ratio; polymer matrix composites; prepreg; reinforcement; reinforcement content; reinforcement volume; resin; resin content; sandwich construction; shear; shear modulus; shear strength; short-beam strength; specific heat; strain energy release rate; strength; structure; tensile strength; tension; thermal conductivity; thermal diffusivity; thermal expansion coefficient; tow; V-notched beam strength; void content; winding; yarn: Aerospace transparent enclosures; Automotive/industrial composites; Composite resistance; Composites--aerospace materials/applications; Compression testing--aerospace materials; Compression testing--composites; Conditioning; Creep; Environmental control/fate--aerospace applications; Fatigue; Fiber orientation; Flexural testing; High modulus fibrous composites; Impact testing--aerospace materials; Oriented fiber reinforcing materials; Polymers (composites); Reinforced polymers; Resins (composite); Resistance--aircraft/aerospace materials; Sampling aerospace materials; Shear testing--composites; Specimen preparation (for testing)--aerospace materials; Tensile properties/testing--composites; Thermal analysis (TA)--aircraft/aerospace environments; Void content

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Sept. 30, 2011

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