Understand composite parts behavior
Computed tomography is a valuable non-destructive tool for the determination of fiber orientation and distribution in composite components, as well as the detection of fiber agglomeration and porosities, in combination with mechanical properties of the fibers and the matrix. Various parameters about individual fibers can be characterized, like tortuosity, fiber length or diameter, etc. Characterization and classification based on several criteria can be directly reported.
Composite components are widely used in lightweight construction industries (aeronautic, automotive...). Moreover, fiber distribution provides important information on mechanical properties of the manufactured component. Using CT results, composite properties can be easily evaluated and analyzed at high accuracy.
An even more complete analysis about the mechanical behavior of the composite material can be carried out by reproducing the desired mechanical stress conditions (traction, compression, torsion, temperature variations) in a dedicated in-situ cell. This allows a better understanding of rupture mechanisms, and materials behaviors.