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Materials and Structure




Composites also show an advantage in crack growth rate and critical crack size.

To detect flaws in a structural component they must be large enough to see or find using ultrasound or other inspection methods. Flaws of a similar size can be found in metals and composites.

The inspection safety margin depends on how fast cracks grow. Once a crack reaches a critical size rapid fracture occurs. The cycle margin between the inspection threshold and fast fracture is better for composites than metals - a "soft" fatigue behavior.