ASTM International - ASTM E2533-17
Standard Guide for Nondestructive Testing of Polymer Matrix Composites Used in Aerospace Applications
|Publication Date:||1 June 2017|
|ICS Code (Rubber and plastics):||49.025.40|
significance And Use:
5.1 This guide references requirements that are intended to control the quality of NDT data. The purpose of this guide, therefore, is not to establish acceptance criteria and therefore approve... View More
5.1 This guide references requirements that are intended to control the quality of NDT data. The purpose of this guide, therefore, is not to establish acceptance criteria and therefore approve composite materials or components for aerospace service.
5.2 Certain procedures referenced in the guide are written so they can be specified on the engineering drawing, specification, purchase order, or contract, for example, Practice E1742 (Radiography).
5.3 Acceptance Criteria-Determinati
5.3.1 Accept/reject criteria shall consist of a listing of the expected kinds of imperfections and the rejection level for each.
5.3.2 The classification of the articles under test into zones for various accept/reject criteria shall be determined from contractual documents.
5.3.3 Rejection of Composite Articles-If the type, size, or quantities of defects are found to be outside the allowable limits specified by the drawing, purchase order, or contract, the composite article shall be separated from acceptable articles, appropriately identified as discrepant, and submitted for material review by the cognizant engineering organization, and dispositioned as (1) acceptable as is, (2) subject to further rework or repair to make the materials or component acceptable, or (3) scrapped when required by contractual documents.
5.3.4 Acceptance criteria and interpretation of result shall be defined in requirements documents prior to performing the examination. Advance agreement should be reached between the purchaser and supplier regarding the interpretation of the results of the examinations. All discontinuities having signals that exceed the rejection level as defined by the process requirements documents shall be rejected unless it is determined from the part drawing that the rejectable discontinuities will not remain in the finished part.
5.4 Life Cycle Considerations-The referenced NDT practices and test methods have demonstrated utility in quality assurance of PMCs during the life cycle of the product. The modern NDT paradigm that has evolved and matured over the last twenty-five years has been fully demonstrated to provide benefits from the application of NDT during: (a) product and process design and optimization, (b) on-line process control, (c) after manufacture inspection, (d) in-service inspection, and (e) health monitoring.
5.4.1 In-process NDT can be used for feedback process control since all tests are based upon measurements which do not damage the article under test.
5.4.2 The applicability of NDT procedures to evaluate PMC materials and components during their life cycle is summarized in Tables 3 and 4.
TABLE 3 Application Examples of Established NDT Procedures During Life Cycle
|Acoustic Emission||May be used for quality control of production and fabrication processes (for example, to evaluate adhesive bonding after lay-up winding or curing), for proof-testing of pressure vessels after fabrication, and for periodic in-service and health monitoring inspections prior to failure.|
|Computed Tomography||May be used as a post-fabrication metrological method to verify engineering tolerances.|
|Leak Testing||May be used to validate leak tightness following fabrication, and in-service re-qualification of pressure vessels. For example, helium leak detection can be used during composite article fabrication to detect and seal leaks permanently (preferable) or temporarily in such a manner to allow repair at a later time. Similarly, halogen gas leak detection has been used in production examination.|
|Radiography and Radioscopy||May be used during fabrication inspection to evaluate honeycomb core imperfections or discontinuities such as node bonds, core-to-core splices, core-to-structure splices, porosity, included material as well as verification of structural placement.|
|Shearography||May be used in quality assurance, material optimization, and manufacturing process control.|
|Strain Measurement||May be used during proof testing before placement into service, or during periodic re-qualification. Can be destructive depending on the strain thresholds reached during test.|
|Thermography||May be used to follow imperfection or discontinuity growth during service. If video thermographic equipment is used, systems that are being dynamically tested or used can be examined in real-time.|
|Ultrasonic Testing||Automatic recording systems allow parts to be removed from a processing line when defect severity exceeds established limits. Measurement of the apparent attenuation in composite materials is useful in applications such as comparison of crystallinity and fiber loading in different lots, or the assessment of environmental degradation. The most common method is applied for laminar oriented defect detection such as impact damage causing delamination fiber fracturing, included material, and porosity.|
|Visual Testing||Used primarily for quality inspections of composite materials and components upon receipt (after fabrication and before installation).|
TABLE 4 Application of Established NDT Procedures During the Life Cycle of Polymeric Matrix Composites
|Defect|| Product and Process |
Design and Optimization
| On-Line Process |
| After Manufacture |
| In-Service |
| Health |
|Leak Testing||X||X|| X
|Radiography and Radioscopy||X||X||X||X|
(A) Applicable to composites used in storage and distribution of fluids and gases, for example, filament-wound pressure vessels.
5.5 General Geometry and Size Considerations-Part contour, curvature, and surface condition may limit the ability of certain tests to detect imperfections with the desired accuracy.
1.1 This guide provides information to help engineers select appropriate nondestructive testing (NDT) methods to characterize aerospace polymer matrix composites (PMCs). This guide does not intend to describe every inspection technology. Rather, emphasis is placed on established NDT methods that have been developed into consensus standards and that are currently used by industry. Specific practices and test methods are not described in detail, but are referenced. The referenced NDT practices and test methods have demonstrated utility in quality assurance of PMCs during process design and optimization, process control, after manufacture inspection, in-service inspection, and health monitoring.
1.2 This guide does not specify accept-reject criteria and is not intended to be used as a means for approving composite materials or components for service.
1.3 This guide covers the following established NDT methods as applied to PMCs: Acoustic Emission (AE, 7), Computed Tomography (CT, 8), Leak Testing (LT, 9), Radiographic Testing, Computed Radiography, Digital Radiography, and Radioscopy (RT, CR, DR, RTR, 10), Shearography (11), Strain Measurement (contact methods, 12), Thermography (13), Ultrasonic Testing (UT, 14), and Visual Testing (VT, 15).
1.4 The value of this guide consists of the narrative descriptions of general procedures and significance and use sections for established NDT practices and test methods as applied to PMCs. Additional information is provided about the use of currently active standard documents (an emphasis is placed on applicable standard guides, practices, and test methods of ASTM Committee E07 on Nondestructive Testing), geometry and size considerations, safety and hazards considerations, and information about physical reference standards.
1.5 To ensure proper use of the referenced standard documents, there are recognized NDT specialists that are certified in accordance with industry and company NDT specifications. It is recommended that a NDT specialist be a part of any composite component design, quality assurance, in-service maintenance or damage examination.
1.6 This guide summarizes the application of NDT procedures to fiber- and fabric-reinforced polymeric matrix composites. The composites of interest are primarily, but not exclusively limited to those containing high modulus (greater than 20 GPa (3×106 psi)) fibers. Furthermore, an emphasis is placed on composites with continuous (versus discontinuous) fiber reinforcement.
1.7 This guide is applicable to PMCs containing but not limited to bismaleimide, epoxy, phenolic, poly(amide imide), polybenzimidazole, polyester (thermosetting and thermoplastic), poly(ether ether ketone), poly(ether imide), polyimide (thermosetting and thermoplastic), poly(phenylene sulfide), or polysulfone matrices; and alumina, aramid, boron, carbon, glass, quartz, or silicon carbide fibers.
1.8 The composite materials considered herein include uniaxial laminae, cross-ply laminates, angle-ply laminates, and sandwich constructions. The composite components made therefrom include filament-wound pressure vessels, flight control surfaces, and various structural composites.
1.9 For current and potential NDT procedures for finding indications of discontinuities in the composite overwrap in filament-wound pressure vessels, also known as composite overwrapped pressure vessels (COPVs), refer to Guide E2981.
1.10 For a summary of the application of destructive ASTM standard practices and test methods (and other supporting standards) to continuous-fiber reinforced PMCs, refer to Guide D4762.
1.11 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard. The values given in parentheses are provided for information only.
1.12 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.
1.13 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.