This method is based on standard ASTM D695, which was originally developed for plastics testing, and was further developed for testing of continuous fiber-reinforced composite materials in standards DIN EN 2850 and Boeing BSS 7260 Type III and IV.
The relatively simple test arrangement and a simple compression test kit, which includes a precisely vertically positioned anti-buckling support, are very beneficial.
The specimen is loaded between two compression platens in longitudinal direction. The anti-buckling device prevents premature failure through superimposed bending, however does not contribute to the force transmission into the specimen. The force is applied exclusively via the end faces of the specimen and therefore requires them to be processed precisely.
A specimen without cap strips is used to measure the compression modulus. To determine the validity of the compression test by quantifying superimposed bending deformations (percent bending), a strain measurement is carried out with separately measuring strain gauges applied centrally on both sides. Here, an anti-buckling support with recesses at the locations of the applied strain gauges is required. The signals of the strain gauges are then averaged for determination of the compressive strain.
To measure the compressive strength, a specimen with cap strips is used to increase the surface area for force application and achieve failure in the unsupported center section of the specimen. Failure in the loading points is an invalid failure mode and always leads to lower compressive strength values. Due to the very short length of the unsupported area of the specimen, the application of strain gauges for this type of specimen is relatively complex when compared with other compression test methods.
Generally, if the test is performed correctly, reproducible compressive modulus values are obtained, while the determination of compressive strength is often subjected to more scatter.