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MEZA, Carlos Alberto; FRANCO, Ediguer Enrique  and  EALO, Joao Luis. Implementation of the ultrasonic through-transmission technique for the elastic characterization of fiber-reinforced laminated composite. Dyna rev.fac.nac.minas [online]. 2019, vol.86, n.208, pp.153-161. ISSN 0012-7353.

Laminated composites are widely used in applications when a high strength-to-weight ratio is required. Aeronautic, naval and automotive industries use these materials to reduce the weight of the vehicles and, consequently, fuel consumption. However, the fiber-reinforced laminated materials are anisotropic and the elastic properties can vary widely due to non-standardized manufacturing processes. The elastic characterization using mechanical tests is not easy, destructive and, in most cases, not all the elastic constants can be obtained. Therefore, alternative techniques are required to assure the quality of the mechanical parts and the evaluation of new materials. In this work, the implementation of the ultrasonic through-transmission technique and the characterization of some engineering materials is reported. Isotropic materials and laminated composites of carbon fiber and glass fiber in a polymer matrix were characterized by ultrasound and mechanical tests. An improved methodology for the transit time delay calculation is reported.

Keywords : composite material; Christoffel's equation; stiffness tensor; ultrasound; through-transmission technique.

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