Comparative analysis of failure detection methods of composites materials’ systems

Mark Bowkett, Kary Thanapalan

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This paper presents a review and analysis of current non-destructive failure detection methods of composite materials and a brief outline of the build of a bamboo bicycle which has been used as a development platform and test bed for the initial development of a novel and practical non-destructive failure detection solution, which has future compatibility for carbon-fibre (CF)-based bicycles. The paper begins by presenting the current market condition of composite materials and in particular, CF and CF-reinforced plastic, and then follows onto failure modes and proceeds to investigate a comprehensive range of failure detection methods.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)168-177
JournalSystems Science and Control Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 10 Apr 2017


  • carbon fibre
  • smart materials
  • composites
  • failure detection
  • prediction mechanism


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