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Title:Mechanical Damage in Carbon Fiber Composite
Author(s):Griffin, Anthony
Contributor(s):Sottos, Nancy; White, Scott; Robinson, Scott; Wallace, Cate; Kohanek, Julia
Subject(s):Materials Science and Engineering
Abstract:Carbon-fiber composites are quickly becoming more prevalent as key structural components in a multitude of applications, from cars, planes and wind turbine blades to sporting equipment. As we further utilize this material in our daily lives it imperative to understand the effect traditional machining procedures have on its structural integrity. The image shown here was taken with a scanning electron microscope at 5000x magnification, and demonstrates the devastating effects traditional machining procedures has on the microstructure of carbon-fiber composites. The damage displayed in this image further motivates research into advanced machining techniques specific to carbon-fiber composites which may maintain structural integrity in critical applications where high cost and even lives may be at risk.
Issue Date:2015-04
Rights Information:Copyright 2015 Anthony Griffin
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-04-20

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