Extremely stiff, strong and lightweight carbon fiber materials are increasingly being used in many processes to create excellent composite building materials. To ensure the quality and integrity of these materials, Alfa Chemistry’s testing arm – T,C&A Lab, recently announced that it will provide carbon fiber testing service to customers worldwide. Alfa Chemistry experts will give an overview of a series of tests carried out to characterize the performance of carbon fiber. Carbon fibers are very popular in many industries such as aerospace, automotive, military and recreational applications. Serving as structural components in machinery, vehicles, aircraft or building components, carbon fibers must be tested to ensure safety. The T,C&A lab can test different types of carbon fibers and provide test results to help manufacturers and developers make decisions about composite material selection and design as well as manufacturing processes.
“The scope of testing ranges from carbon fiber cloth, carbon fiber board, carbon fiber tube and carbon fiber composite material to carbon fiber frame, carbon fiber racquet and carbon fiber helmet,” says T’s marketing manager, C&A Lab. “Methods used in the tests include: thermal analysis method, hot rod method, smoke density method, dynamic dielectric analysis, infrared spectroscopy, soak gel permeation chromatography, etc. .”
In a carbon fiber test project, the following aspects should be covered in order to generate a complete and detailed test report:
- Precursor surface element
- Degree of roughness
- Precursor copolymerization composition
- Monofilament Tensile Strength
- Coefficient of variation
- Elongation at break
- Carbon content
- Molecular mass and distribution
- Modulus of elasticity in tension
- fiber diameter
- Thermal weightlessness
- Ash content
- Discrete coefficient
- Electrical conductivity
- softening point
- Flame retardant property
- Dielectric constant
The whole testing process is conducted under the guidance of regulatory bodies, such as the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), which stipulates standards such as ASTM D3531 / D3531M – 16, ASTM D3532 / D3532M – 19, ASTM D4102 – 82 (2015), ASTM C1836-16, ASTM D3552-17, ASTM B987/B987M-20, ASTM F3333-20, ASTM D4102-82(2015) and ASTM C1783-15, and International Organization for Standardization (ISO), which stipulates standards like ISO 18352, ISO 527-4, ISO 527-5, ISO 14126, ISO 14125, ISO 14129, ISO 15024 and ISO 13003.
Please visit https://tcalab.alfa-chemistry.com/industries/carbon-fiber-testing.html to learn more about T,C&A Lab’s carbon fiber testing capabilities.
About the T,C&A lab
Testing, characterization, analysis and interpretation of data for materials can provide supporting evidence for product developers or consumers. T,C&A Lab is uniquely positioned to give insightful suggestions on various materials testing projects and actually materialize those testing hypotheses. Currently, the lab is focused on analytical testing of materials such as rubber, plastic, textile, metal, ceramic, glass, coating, wood, building materials, automotive components, electronics , paper and cardboard, cosmetics, packaging, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, nanomaterial, non-woven material, resin, leather, ink, adhesives and surfactant.