In the 21st century, composite materials have provided new performance options for a wide range of mission-critical applications. Carbon composites combine lightness in weight, incredible strength and resistance to environmental effects when used to produce nacelles (jet engine cowls), helicoptor rotor blades and wind turbine blades, body armor, bullet proof vests and other leading-edge products.
In industries such as aerospace and defense, composite materials
including carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP), carbon fiber sheets and metal honeycomb sandwich structures enhance the performance of fuselages, wings and body armor.
When Composites Go Bad
The downside of using composites and ceramic materials lies in potential defects that can occur during manufacturing processes, as well as field and commercial use, such as:
– Kissing bonds
NLA Diagnostics has taken the lead in composite materials testing through a unique, non-destructive means of detecting and locating defects and damage at their earliest stages—before they become safety critical. Contact us to learn more about current projects, the NLA DEFENDER®, the NLA RECON™ and how NLA Diagnostics is innovating Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) and achieving product life cycle extension with non-linear acoustic (NLA) testing.