Analysis, Testing, and Inspection Evaluation Instruments That Contribute to CFRP Performance and Reliability Improvements

Carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) has become a topic of interest, as it has been widely adopted as a fuselage material for the latest aircraft. Among all composite materials, CFRP is particularly lightweight and has a high specific strength, and also features excellent corrosion resistance. Consequently, it is expected to be utilized in a variety of fields.

In the transportation field, in particular, being lightweight leads to lower fuel consumption, this has a direct connection to lessening the environmental load. In addition, this feature can be appreciated firsthand, as CFRP is already utilized as a raw material for sporting goods and other everyday products.
In Japan, which leads the world in the development and production of carbon fiber and plastic raw materials, research has accelerated in the search for even higher-performance materials and processing methods.

At Shimadzu, we provide a variety of instruments and systems for analysis, testing, and inspection evaluations, thereby contributing to resolving a variety of problems at each phase, from the development of CFRP raw materials to product durability evaluations.

Analysis/Measurement/Inspection  Evaluation Items Analysis/Testing/Inspection Evaluation Instruments
Static Test Tensile, bending, compression, peeling (adhesive strength/surface treatment evaluation), interlaminar shear Autograph AG-X plus Series Precision Universal Testing Machine
MCT Series Micro Compression Testing Machine
Fatigue Test Fatigue life, durability Servopulser EHF Series etc.
Impact Test High-speed tensile, puncture Hydroshot HITS Series High-Speed Puncture Impact Testing Machine
State Observation Cross section, surface, resin-fiber interface OLS4000 3D Measurement Laser Microscope
SPM-9700 Scanning Probe Microscope
Internal Observation Void, crack, fiber orientation, fiber density inspeXio SMX-225CT Microfocus X-Ray CT System
SMX-1000/1000L Microfocus X-Ray Fluoroscopy Systems
Fracture Observation Matrix fracture, fiber fracture, peeling HyperVision HPV-2A High-Speed Video Camera
Thermal Analysis Glass transition, melting point, coefficient of thermal expansion, curing reaction DSC-60 Differential Scanning Calorimeter
DTG-60 TG/DTA Simultaneous Measuring Instrument
TMA-60 Thermomechanical Analyzer
Composition Analysis Matrix resin, additives, elemental analysis, carbon fiber level Combustion Ion Chromatograph
GC/GC-MS Applied System
Thermal Decomposition Analysis System
ICPE-9000 ICP Emission Spectrometer
IRAffinity-1 Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrophotometer
DTG-60 TG/DTA Simultaneous Measuring Instrument
Viscosity Measurement Thermosetting resin reactivity evaluation, thermoplastic resin injection molding evaluation CFT-500D Flowtester
Degradation Evaluation Weather resistance, heat resistance IRAffinity-1 Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrophotometer
DTG-60 TG/DTA Simultaneous Measuring Instrument