According to modern archaeology, one of the earliest examples of a composite material was the carefully soaked layers of linen and plaster used for the Egyptian practice of mummification. Composites are certainly not a new concept; however the latest advancements in composite technology are changing the way these materials are designed, tested and used in manufacturing.

Force measurement testing for composite materials

Here, John Cove, marketing manager of test and measurement specialist, Starrett, explains the complexities of modern composites, the software needed for effective test and measurement applications and the future of the composite market.

The importance of force measurement testing

Force measurement testing is an essential process for product designers and manufacturers to gain insightful data and create high quality and ergonomic products. As consumers, we are accustomed to applying a certain amount of force to complete everyday tasks. Even simple motions, such as turning the key in a cars ignition or pressing a button on a remote control, requires a very specific amount of force to be applied.

From an engineer's perspective, the amount of force required to complete these tasks is not coincidental. In fact, these requirements are carefully planned during the product development process. Whether this is to accommodate human ergonomics or to meet product safety regulations, manufacturers will complete a thorough force measurement process for every product they design.

This article appeared in the July/August issue of Reinforced Plastics. Log in to your free materialstoday.com profile to access the article.

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