Accession Number : ADP001924

Title :   In-Service NDI of Composite Structures: An Assessment of Current Requirements and Capabilities,

Corporate Author : ROYAL AIRCRAFT ESTABLISHMENT FARNBOROUGH (ENGLAND)

Personal Author(s) : Stone,D. E. ; Clarke,B.

Report Date : JUL 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 14

Abstract : Practical design criteria and the structural significance of defects and damage in carbon fibre composite components are briefly reviewed. Consideration is given to the principal sources of in-service damage and the possibility of the interaction of damage mechanisms. The concept of providing a map of damage acceptability for a given structure is then discussed. An assessment is made of the probable current requirements for in-service NDI, the capabilities and limitations of currently available NDI techniques are reviewed and some recent developments described.

Descriptors :   *Carbon reinforced composites, *Defects(Materials), *Structural mechanics, Nondestructive testing, Fatigue(Mechanics), Crack propagation, Damage assessment, Failure(Mechanics), Structural analysis

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE