To reduce weight and increase fuel economy, aerospace and automotive designers are increasingly using lightweight composite materials such as carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP). CFRPs offer high strength with reduced weight making them ideal for high-performance applications.

Thorough characterization of composites is essential to ensure effective modeling and safe adoption of these new materials in final products. Shimadzu offers a complete range of characterization tools to evaluate the mechanical and thermal behavior of composites.

Featured Applications

High-Speed Tensile Test of Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastics (CFRP)


The image illustrates the breakage of the CFRP by the high-speed tensile testing machine. The CFRP fractures instantaneously at the limit load, so a recording speed of 10 million frames/second is required to capture the fracturing process in detail.

Recording speed: 10 million frames/second
Width of field of view: Approx. 10 mm


Learn more about the HPV-X2 

Ensuring Compliance with ASTM Standards for Mechanical Testing of Plastics and Composites 
Ensuring Compliance with ASTM Standards for Mechanical Testing of Plastics and Composites

CFRP Analysis, Testing and Inspection Evaluation Instruments 

ASTM Method Applications

ASTM D5379
V-Notched Bean Testing (Iosipescu) of CFRP

ASTM D6484
Open-Hole Compression (OHC) Testing of CFRP


ASTM D6641
Combined Loading Compressions (CLC) Testing of CFRP

ASTM D7078
V-Notched rail Shear Testing of CFRP

Journals & Papers

Evaluation of the stiffening mechanism based on micro-sized particle inclusions in laminated composites

Mat. Res. vol.22 no.4 São Carlos 2019 Epub Oct 17, 2019



Effect of fiber amount on mechanical and thermal properties of (3-aminopropyl) triethoxysilane treated basalt fiber reinforced ABS composites

Materials Research Express, Volume 6, Number 11




For Research Use Only. Not for use in diagnostic procedures.

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