IM7/PEEK composite materials may experience large mechanical and thermal stresses during service, and their failure mechanisms can be complex and have various modes. In this study, IM7/PEEK specimens for interlaminar shear strength testing were evaluated by both nondestructive ultrasound method and standard destructive test. First, IM7/PEEK specimens were fabricated under various processing parameters including roller speed, torch temperature, roller temperature, compaction level, N2 flow rate, and material tension level. Then ultrasound longitudinal wave velocity that is normal to fiber direction was evaluated and the influence of measuring locations and ultrasound frequencies from 0.5 MHz to 10.0 MHz were studied. Experimental results showed that 5.0 MHz is the most sensitive frequency to fabrication conditions and that ultrasound velocity can be related to some processing parameters such as materials tension, N2 flow rate and temperature. Finally, interlaminar shear strength experiments were carried out by standard short beam bending destructive tests. The relationship between ultrasound velocity and standard destructive tests were analyzed and the potential of ultrasound velocity for interlaminar shear strength evaluation was discussed.

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