Guidelines and Recommended Criteria for the Development of a Material Specification for Carbon Fiber/Epoxy Unidirectional Prepregs
WICHITA STATE UNIV KS INST FOR AVIATION RESEARCH
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This report establishes recommendations to guide the development of composite prepreg material specifications. This is intended to advance the work that has been done through previous Federal Aviation Administration and National Aeronautics and Space Administration programs such as the Advanced General Aviation Transport Experiment. These programs have established methodologies for developing design allowable data, control of the data, and sharing the resulting database. In the current work, a generalized approach to the development of a shared composite material database is proposed. It is intended to remove the restrictions placed on those general aviation methods to allow a broader market to use the shared database. This document recommends guidance and criteria for the development of material specifications for carbon fiberepoxy unidirectional prepreg tape materials to be used on aircraft structures. These recommendations were prepared by a team of industry experts. The guidelines and recommendations are meant to be a documentation of current knowledge and application of sound engineering principles to the development and implementation of composite material procurement specifications. A list of material control areas needing improvement and enhancement is given in appendix A. This document can also be used to develop common industry specifications. This document is limited to recommendations and guidance on the development of the material specification. Additional guidance on the development of process specifications, instructions, and controls for making high-quality laminates can be found in the companion report. Guidelines for the Development of Process Specifications, Instructions, and Controls for the Fabrication of Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Composites, DOTFAAAR-02110.
- Laminates and Composite Materials