Composite Manufacturing Traveller and Witness Panel Testing
Physical Characteristic Testing for Quality Inspection of Composite Components
Testing the physical characteristics of manufacturing travellers and witness panels has become a common technique for quality control in essential structural components. Both travellers and witness panels rely on the same principal, being as close to the actual component as possible to give representative results of the manufacturing process. This performance data can be used alongside other non-destructive techniques to give a reliable indication of component quality before the part goes into service.
Engenuity can help right through the decision-making process for manufacturing travellers, including advising on design, completing the physical testing and analysis of what the result means for your component. All as a completely independent laboratory for trustworthy results and fast turnaround times, so the component is not delayed on its way to a critical application.
Mechanical Properties for Traveller Testing
Fibre and matrix issues can cause fast failures in well-designed composite components. Manufacturing traveller testing focusses on identifying these issues, either in the fibre, the matrix or the bond between the two. Thus validating the correct material was used and the correct process applied. We do this by measuring material properties in tension, compression and interlaminar shear. However, traveller testing can be as targeted and specific as required for your application. There may be a particular risk that you will only identify through fatigue, dynamic or environmental testing. Engenuity has a whole range of tests available to ensure you continue delivering high quality components and avoiding costly failures.