3D Characterization of Fiber Orientation in a Polymer Matrix Composite
November 03, 2017
The structure and properties of polymers are becoming increasingly important as they are used in structural applications, both on their own and in polymer matrix composites (PMCs). Three-dimensional characterization of microstructural features such as size, shape and distribution of matrix materials, strengthening fibers, and porosity provides us with geometrical measurements of features directly. RoboMet.3D® is a fully automated serial sectioning system that generates two-dimensional optical microstructural data for three-dimensional reconstructions. This application note describes the serial sectioning analysis of a PMC with a high temperature thermosetting resin matrix and a imide-based fiber reinforcement.