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First Industrial Strength Multi-Axial Robotic Testing Campaign for Composite Material Characterization

[+] Author Affiliations
John G. Michopoulos

Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC

John C. Hermanson

Forest Products Laboratory, USDA Forest Service, Madison, WI

Athanasios Iliopoulos

George Mason University, Fairfax, VANaval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC

Paper No. DETC2012-71064, pp. 999-1009; 11 pages
  • ASME 2012 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 2: 32nd Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, Parts A and B
  • Chicago, Illinois, USA, August 12–15, 2012
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4501-1
  • Copyright © 2012 by ASME


In this paper we are reporting on the first successful campaign of systematic, automated and massive multiaxial tests for composite material constitutive characterization. The 6 degrees of freedom system developed at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) called NRL66.3, was used for this task. This was the in-augural run that served as the validation of the proposed overall constitutive characterization methodology. It involved accomplishing performing 1152 tests in 12 business days reaching a peak throughput of 212 tests per day. We describe the context of the effort in terms of the reasoning and the actual methods behind it. Finally, we present representative experimental data and associated constitutive characterization results for representative loading paths.

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