Test Method Summary
The tensile test of a ±45° laminate per EN 6031 is used to determine the in-plane shear response of fiber reinforced plastics. Uniaxial tensile force is applied to a flat test specimen up to failure to investigate the in-plane shear stress/ strain response, and critical mechanical materials properties including shear modulus and shear strength. Composite materials addressed in this standard include laminates manufactured form unidirectional tape or fabrics, with the fibres oriented at ± 45° symmetrical to the main specimen axis.
The ± 45° in-plane shear test is performed by placing a test specimen in the grips of either a servohydraulic or an electromechanical testing machine and subjecting it to controlled tension load up to failure. The specimen response can be measured with a contacting or non-contacting extensometer or strain gages.
Solutions for EN 6031 typically include these types of components:
Load Frame Options
The MTS Landmark servohydraulic test systems and MTS Criterion electromechanical universal test systems are ideal for performing accurate and repeatable monotonic testing of fibre-reinforced plastics per EN 6031.
The MTS Landmark system’s innovative test frame design exhibits superior stiffness and alignment capabilities. The test system integrates the latest MTS servohydraulic technology including precision-machined columns for consistently tight alignment, fatigue-rated MTS actuators with low-friction bearings, smooth-ramping hydraulic service manifolds, and SilentFlo™ hydraulic power units that are quiet enough to be located directly in the laboratory.
The compact MTS Criterion test system features high-resolution MTS digital controls, linear motion guides for superior alignment, high-speed, low vibration MTS electromechanical drives, optional dual zone test space for maximizing efficiency and anti-rotation grip/fixture mounting to minimize shear stresses on the specimen.
Other OptionsFor other options related to this standard, please download the application test method tech note on this page.