Chapter 13. Proof Testing Reinforced Brittle Composites

  1. John B. Wachtman Jr.
  1. Thomas H. Service

Published Online: 26 MAR 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470314784.ch13

Proceedings of the 19th Annual Conference on Composites, Advanced Ceramics, Materials, and Structures - B: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 16, Issue 5

Proceedings of the 19th Annual Conference on Composites, Advanced Ceramics, Materials, and Structures - B: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 16, Issue 5

How to Cite

Service, T. H. (1995) Proof Testing Reinforced Brittle Composites, in Proceedings of the 19th Annual Conference on Composites, Advanced Ceramics, Materials, and Structures - B: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 16, Issue 5 (ed J. B. Wachtman), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9780470314784.ch13

Author Information

  1. Service Engineering Laboratory 324 Wells Street Greenfield MA 01301

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 MAR 2008
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 1995

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470375389

Online ISBN: 9780470314784

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Keywords:

  • reliably;
  • monolithics;
  • vibratables;
  • utilized;
  • installation

Summary

The effect of proof testing on the structural reliability of a brittle reinforced composite was evaluated. A large number of tensile specimens of a phenolic/alumina particulate composite were fabricated with and without fiberglass mesh reinforcement. Specimens were strength tested and proof tested in ambient air. The after proof test strength distributions were compared to the initial distributions. Proof testing truncated the strength distribution of the nonreinforced material. The after proof test distribution of the reinforced material was the same as the initial distribution. Implications on assuring structural reliability are discussed.