With the growing demand of carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) in aerospace, marine and automobile industries, much attention is devoted to characterizing the material strength and characteristics of failure. This paper demonstrated the feasibility to estimate the internal damage non-destructively as a result of a quantified impact applied on 16-ply fabric CFRP. On thermography images at different heating time, differences were observed between intact area and area with internal damage. The estimation of 1D extent of damage using thermographic analysis was compared with images observed with cross sectional microscopic. The results suggest that qualitative analysis using thermography shows potential to be used as a tool for measuring impact damage.
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