Investigation of carbon fiber architecture in braided composites using X-ray CT inspection

Daniel J. Rhoads, Sandi G. Miller, Gary D. Roberts, Richard W. Rauser, Dmitry Golovaty, J. Patrick Wilber, Malena I. Español

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During the fabrication of braided carbon fiber composite materials, process variations occur which affect the fiber architecture. Quantitative measurements of local and global fiber architecture variations are needed to determine the potential effect of process variations on mechanical properties of the cured composite. Although non-destructive inspection via X-ray CT imaging is a promising approach, difficulties in quantitative analysis of the data arise due to the similar densities of the material constituents. In an effort to gain more quantitative information about features related to fiber architecture, methods have been explored to improve the details that can be captured by X-ray CT imaging. Metal-coated fibers and thin veils are used as inserts to extract detailed information about fiber orientations and inter-ply behavior from X-ray CT images.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages10
StatePublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes
EventSAMPE Seattle 2017 Conference - Seattle, United States
Duration: May 22 2017May 25 2017


ConferenceSAMPE Seattle 2017 Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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