Mechanical Testing

The Composite Materials and Structures Center is equipped with a United Testing Systems (UTS) model SFM-20 load frame.

This unit has interchangable load cells with capacities ranging from 1 to 20,000 lbs.

Sample deformation can be measured via a deflectometer, strain gage(s), biaxial extensometer or a non-contact laser extensometer, as appropriate for the sample geometry.

The SFM-20 is also equpped with a temperature-controlled test chamber.

The following list is a general summary of the various tests that are performed at the CMSC:

ASTM D790 - 07 (e1)

Standard Test Method for Flexural Properties of Unreinforced and Reinforced Plastics and Electrical Insulating Materials


ASTM D882 - 09

Standard Test Method for Tensile Properties of Thin Plastic Sheeting


ASTM D2290 - 08

Standard Test Method for Apparent Hoop Tensile Strength of Plastic or Reinforced Plastic Pipe by Split Disk Method


ASTM D3039 / D3039M - 08

Standard Test Method for Tensile Properties of Polymer Matrix Composite Materials


ASTM D3379 - 89 (e1)

Standard Test Method for Tensile Strength and Young's Modulus for High-Modulus Single-Filament Materials


ASTM D3410 / D3410M - 08

Standard Test Method for Compressive Properties of Polymer Matrix Composite Materials with Unsupported Gage Section by Shear Loading


ASTM D3518 / D3518M - 07

Standard Test Method for In-Plane Shear Response of Polymer Matrix Composite Materials by Tensile Test of a ±45° Laminate


ASTM D3846 - 08

Standard Test Method for In-Plane Shear Strength of Reinforced Plastics


ASTM D3916 - 08

Standard Test Method for Tensile Properties of Pultruded Glass-Fiber-Reinforced Plastic Rod


ASTM D5379 / D5379M - 05

Standard Test Method for Shear Properties of Composite Materials by the V-Notched Beam Method