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Posted By Leonardo Martinez

 Nov 05, 2014

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Challenges of Rigorous Demands

The world of materials testing is changing materials are getting stronger, stiffer, and lighter test standards are becoming stricter testing labs are asked to perform more complex analytical tests

Posted By Leonardo Martinez

 Sep 23, 2014

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How to Test Lap-Shear Specimens

Manufacturing processes are moving away from using traditional bolts and rivets to using new, stronger adhesives to hold together materials such as composites and aluminum. With this increase in bonded manufacturing, it is more important than ever to accurately test the adhesive strength of bonds to prevent catastrophic failures.  

Posted By Leonardo Martinez

 Apr 17, 2014

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Thermoset and Thermoplastic Composites ... What’s the Difference?

As composites continue to be adopted in more industries, fiber-reinforced plastics can be found in products that people interact with every day, including cars and sporting goods. Fiber-reinforced plastics consist of reinforcing fibers surrounded by a plastic matrix. There are several types of fibers that can be used including glass, carbon fiber, and aramid which give the material its high tensile strength. The matrix gives the composite the compressive strength and, in the case of fiber reinforced plastics, can be made using thermoset or thermoplastic polymers.