The Evolution of Composite Materials – Stress Analysis Workshop 101 (12 Minutes Podcast)

Three of the ASTM Standards that are often used with characterizing the properties of plastics and composites including D3039 Poisson’s Ratio, D695 Compression and D5379 Shear Modulus are demonstrated and/or practiced during the class using the appropriate materials. We will also cover Tension, Compression and Shear when testing composite materials.

In this podcast, Bruno Belanger of Bcomtesting  (, and Darryl Peterson of VPG Micro-Measurements  discuss about our new 5-days composites and plastics stress analysis class.

This program is presented in a format which includes several hands-on laboratory exercises. Liberal use of demonstrations and case studies provides attendees with a first-hand opportunity to learn how to select the procedures and techniques best suited to their strain measurement needs including non-metallic materials.

Beginning with a review of stress analysis principles, the course moves to methods of locating stress concentrations in a complex strain field using modern optical techniques. Performance characteristics of the strain gage and selection criteria come next, followed by several laboratory projects in which strain gages are bonded, electrical connections completed, environmental protection applied and installation integrity verified on metals as well as plastic and composite samples. The strain data are then collected with measuring instrumentation and compared to calculated theoretical values. In a more advanced laboratory project, a basic weighing scale is constructed and calibrated. All attendees have an opportunity to use three popular adhesive systems during the construction of the laboratory projects.

A thorough review of strain gage instrumentation is augmented by numerous demonstrations and hands-on experiments which highlight important features of modern strain measuring instruments. The use of strain gages (strain gauge) and related instrumentation in transducer applications is also explored. Special-purpose sensors are reviewed, with emphasis on their application to strain measurements and structural test programs.






Provision is made for attendees to discuss their specific test requirements with members of the Micro-Measurements technical staff.

Topics include: Concepts of Stress and Strain, Full-Field Strain Measurements, Strain Gage Characteristics, Gage Installation Techniques, ASTM Standards, Transducers and Instrumentation Considerations

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