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ASTM D5687/D5687M 95th Edition, 2002
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Standard Guide for Preparation of Flat Composite Panels with Processing Guidelines for Specimen Preparation
Includes all amendments and changes through Reapproval Notice , 2015
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This guide provides guidelines to facilitate the proper preparation of laminates and test specimens from fiberreinforced organic matrix composite prepregs. The scope is limited to organic matrices and fiber reinforcement in unidirectional (tape) or orthagonal weave patterns. Other forms may require deviations from these general guidelines. Other processing techniques for test coupon preparation, for example, pultrusion, filament winding and resin-transfer molding, are not addressed.

Specimen preparation is modeled as an 8-step process that is presented in Fig. 1 and Section 8. Laminate consolidation techniques are assumed to be by press or autoclave. This practice assumes that the materials are properly handled by the test facility to meet the requirements specified by the material supplier(s) or specification, or both. Identification and information gathering guidelines are modeled after Guide E1309. Test specimens shall be directly traceable to material used as designated in Guide E1434. Proper test specimen identification also includes designation of process equipment, process steps, and any irregularities identified during processing.

The values stated in either SI units or inch-pound units are to be regarded separately as standard. Within the text the inch-pound units are shown in brackets. The values stated in each system are not exact equivalents; therefore, each system must be used independently of the other. Combining values from the two systems may result in nonconformance with the standard.

This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.