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Published: 1/1/2014

Buckling of composite material compression specimens
Dr. Donald F. Adams (Wyoming Test Fixtures, Salt Lake City, Utah) rehearses the causes of, and solutions for, problems with buckling in composite compression specimens.

Published: 10/31/2013

The Short Beam Shear test method for composite materials
Dr. Donald F. Adams (Wyoming Test Fixtures (Salt Lake City, Utah) suggests larger support and loading cylinders for the Short Beam Shear test method.

Published: 8/30/2013

Optimization software improves small, low-cost satellite design
Ames Research Center’s (Moffett Field, Calif.) designs and builds a low-cost, small spacecraft on a quick turnaround, using a modular strategy based on commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) parts and with the aid of several design software packages ...

Published: 8/30/2013

The Double-Notch Shear test specimen for composite materials
Dr. Donald F. Adams (Wyoming Test Fixtures Inc., Salt Lake City, Utah) recommends best practices for double-notch shear test specimens.

Published: 7/1/2013

Software isolates, identifies porosity-related flaws in tooling from fuselage test data
Software and composites manufacturing data specialist NLign Analytics, a division of Etegent Technologies (Cincinnati, Ohio) helps identify and track product flaws caused by tooling porosity.

Published: 7/1/2013

Thickness-tapered unidirectional composite specimens
Sometimes a testing concept is known for a long time but is never developed into an established test method.

Published: 5/1/2013

Flexural test method standards for composite materials
Dr. Donald F. Adams (Wyoming Test Fixtures Inc., Salt Lake City, Utah) proposes a common-sense standard method for flexural testing of composite materials.

Published: 3/1/2013

Flexural testing of composite materials
Dr. Donald F. Adams (Wyoming Test Fixtures (Salt Lake City, Utah) takes look at flexural testing and promises recommendations, next time, for a unified standard.

Published: 12/31/2012

Composites testing: The continuing standards dilemma
Dr. Donald F. Adams revisits the topic of global test standardization, suggesting a simple but unlikely fix to the lack of harmonization.

Published: 11/1/2012

Virtual testing of composites: Beyond make & break
Software-based micromechanical modeling and analysis methods promise faster and more cost-effective aircraft development and testing programs.