Non-Destructive Evaluation (NDE) of Polymer Matrix Composites

1st Edition

Print ISBN: 9780081015582
eBook ISBN: 9780857093554
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 30th June 2013
Page Count: 716
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The increased use of polymer matrix composites in structural applications has led to the growing need for a very high level of quality control and testing of products to ensure and monitor performance over time. Non-destructive evaluation (NDE) of polymer matrix composites explores a range of NDE techniques and the use of these techniques in a variety of application areas.

Part one provides an overview of a range of NDE and NDT techniques including eddy current testing, shearography, ultrasonics, acoustic emission, and dielectrics. Part two highlights the use of NDE techniques for adhesively bonded applications. Part three focuses on NDE techniques for aerospace applications including the evaluation of aerospace composites for impact damage and flaw characterisation. Finally, the use of traditional and emerging NDE techniques in civil and marine applications is explored in part four.

With its distinguished editor and international team of expert contributors, Non-destructive evaluation (NDE) of polymer matrix composites is a technical resource for researchers and engineers using polymer matrix composites, professionals requiring an understanding of non-destructive evaluation techniques, and academics interested in this field.

Key Features

  • Explores a range of NDE and NDT techniques and considers future trends
  • Examines in detail NDE techniques for adhesively bonded applications
  • Discusses NDE techniques in aerospace applications including detecting impact damage, ultrasonic techniques and structural health monitoring


Materials testing practitioners in industry: predominantly aerospace in both military and commercial sectors such as the transport and aerospace industries, mechanical and civil engineering and architecture; Researchers, academics and graduate/post graduate students in aeronautical/mechanical/electrical engineering and materials science.

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Part I: Non-destructive evaluation (NDE) and non-destructive testing (NDT) techniques

Chapter 1: Introduction: the future of non-destructive evaluation (NDE) and structural health monitoring (SHM)


1.1 Introduction

1.2 Non-destructive evaluation (NDE) and structural health monitoring (SHM)

1.3 Conclusion and future trends

Chapter 2: Non-destructive evaluation (NDE) of composites: acoustic emission (AE)


2.1 Introduction

2.2 Fundamentals of acoustic emission (AE)

2.3 Acoustic emission (AE) testing

2.4 Comparisons

2.5 Future trends

Chapter 3: Non-destructive evaluation (NDE) of composites: eddy current techniques


3.1 Introduction

3.2 Eddy current testing: principles and technologies

3.3 High-frequency eddy current imaging of carbon fiber materials and carbon fiber reinforced polymer materials (CFRPs) composites

3.4 Analytical methods for data processing

3.5 Conclusion

Chapter 4: Non-destructive evaluation (NDE) of composites: introduction to shearography


4.1 Introduction

4.2 The theoretical principles of shearography

4.3 The practical application of shearography

4.4 Shearography for non-destructive evaluation (NDE) of composite materials

4.5 Comparing shearography with other techniques

4.6 Future trends

4.7 Sources of further information and advice

Chapter 5: Non-destructive evaluation (NDE) of composites: digital shearography


5.1 Introduction

5.2 Principles of digital shearography

5.3 The practical application of digital shearography

5.4 Using digital shearography to test composites

5.5 Conclusion

5.6 Acknowledgment



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… can be recommended as a valuable source of up to date information on NDE, Roger Brown, Polymer Testing