ASTM C1468-00 - 10.6.2000
1. Scope

1.1 This test method covers the determination of transthickness tensile strength (SUT) under monotonic uniaxial loading of continuous fiber-reinforced ceramics (CFCC) at ambient temperature. This test method addresses, but is not restricted to, various suggested test specimen geometries, test fixtures, data collection and reporting procedure. In general, round or square test specimens are tensile tested in the direction normal to the thickness by bonding appropriate hardware to the samples and performing the test. For a Cartesian coordinate system, the x-axis and the y-axis are in the plane of the test specimen. The transthickness direction is normal to the plane and is labeled the z-axis for this test method. For CFCCs, the plane of the test specimen normally contains the larger of the three dimensions and is parallel to the fiber layers for uni-directional, bi-directional, and woven composites. Note that transthickness tensile strength as used in this test method refers to the tensile strength obtained under monotonic uniaxial loading where monotonic refers to a continuous nonstop test rate with no reversals from test initiation to final fracture.

1.2 This test method is intended primarily for use with all advanced ceramic matrix composites with continuous fiber reinforcement: unidirectional (1-D), bidirectional (2-D), woven, and tridirectional (3-D). In addition, this test method also may be used with glass (amorphous) matrix composites with 1-D, 2-D, and 3-D continuous fiber reinforcement. This test method does not address directly discontinuous fiber-reinforced, whisker-reinforced or particulate-reinforced ceramics, although the test methods detailed here may be equally applicable to these composites. It should be noted that 3-D architectures with a high volume fraction of fibers in the "" z"" direction may be difficult to test successfully.

1.3 Values are in accordance with the International System of Units (SI) and Practice E380.

1.4 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. Additional recommendations are provided in and Section .

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Practice for Use of the Terms Precision and Bias in ASTM Test Methods


Terminology for Composite Materials


Test Method for Transthickness Tensile Strength of Continuous Fiber-Reinforced Advanced Ceramics at Ambient Temperature


Test Method for Monotonic Tensile Behavior of Continuous Fiber-Reinforced Advanced Ceramics with Solid Rectangular Cross-Section Test Specimens at Ambient Temperature


Practice for Verification of Testing Frame and Specimen Alignment Under Tensile and Compressive Axial Force Application


Terminology of Advanced Ceramics


Practices for Force Verification of Testing Machines


American National Standard for Use of the International System of Units (SI): The Modern Metric System.


Practice for Conducting an Interlaboratory Study to Determine the Precision of a Test Method


Terminology Relating to Methods of Mechanical Testing


Practice for Reporting Uniaxial Strength Data and Estimating Weibull Distribution Parameters for Advanced Ceramics