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The interlaminar shear strength of laminates with a brittle matrix, for example, those made of epoxy resin, is typically determined using a short beam shear test (SBS). It makes use of the fact that shear stresses always occur in a flexure test. If the span is small in comparison to the specimen thickness, the shear stresses that occur in comparison to the normal stresses generated by the bending moment are very large. In this way, shear stress can be generated in brittle matrix materials, which enables measurement of the shear strength.
The shear strength of the matrix material or the quality of the fiber-matrix bonding can be characterized depending on the break type.
This test method is relatively simple to employ and requires a simple tool that has good alignment options and precise centering of the die. For this reason, the method is often used in quality control and is suitable for comparing materials.
However, the method determines only in-plane shear properties, since compressive stress peaks usually arise near the upper anvil and can influence the measured results.