The importance of laboratory tests in the aeronautical sector

Categories: Plastics in the automotive and transport industries, Quality control of polymers and plastic products

Composite materials are widely used in the aeronautical industry. Aside from routine quality checks, such as computerised tomography which is used to detect internal failures in composite materials, aircraft components must go through a validation process when they are made for the first time or when there is a change in material or in the manufacturing process.

In the validation process, the goal is to demonstrate that the parts which make up the aircraft have the physical-mechanical properties necessary for their use and for the security of the aircraft.

AIMPLAS increased the scope of its ENAC accreditation

The ASTM standards are the most common in the aeronautical sector. There are five main kinds of tests in this sector:

AIMPLAS has acquired equipment and has increased its level of accreditation in order to be able to satisfy the needs of the aeronautical sector:

Additionally, the parts for the interlaminar fracture test method 1 (G1c) in accordance with ASTM D5528 have been introduced.

This increase in tests comes alongside long-term accredited tests at AIMPLAS, such as tensile properties in accordance with ASTM D638, flexural properties in accordance with ASTM D790, Barcol hardness in accordance with ASTM D2583, Shore hardness in accordance with ASTM D2240 and density in accordance with ASTM D792, amongst others.

This variety of tests is not only necessary in terms of validation, but they are also used in R+D projects to compare different resins, combinations of resins, temperatures and curing conditions, different natures of loads or different grain orientations.

AIMPLAS hopes to collaborate closely with all clients in order to be able to offer solutions with a high added value in the aeronautical sector.

If you would like to carry out your own tests on composite materials or set a project in motion with us, please contact us.


Joan Giner 
Physical-Mechanical Laboratory

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