ASTM D6641 / D6641M – 16e1 : Standard Test Method for Compressive Properties of Polymer Matrix Composite Materials Using a Combined Loading Compression (CLC) Test Fixture
This test method determines the compressive strength and stiffness properties of polymer matrix composite materials using a combined loading compression (CLC) () test fixture. This test method is applicable to general composites that are balanced and symmetric.
The specimen may be untabbed (Procedure A) or tabbed (Procedure B), as required. One requirement for a successful test is that the specimen ends do not crush during the test.
Untabbed specimens are usually suitable for use with materials of low orthotropy, for example, fabrics, chopped fiber composites, and laminates with a maximum of 50 % 0° plies, or equivalent (see ). Materials of higher orthotropy, including unidirectional composites, typically require tabs.
1.2 The compressive force is introduced into the specimen by combined end- and shear-loading. In comparison, Test Method is a pure shear-loading compression test method and Test Method is a pure end-loading test method.