A dataset of micro-scale tomograms of unidirectional glass fiber/epoxy and carbon fiber/epoxy composites acquired via synchrotron computed tomography during in-situ tensile loading

Published: 17 September 2020| Version 1 | DOI: 10.17632/jn63c55y32.1
Mahoor Mehdikhani,
Christian Breite,
Yentl Swolfs,
Martine Wevers,
Stepan Lomov,
Larissa Gorbatikh


We have performed synchrotron computed tomography on two different fiber-reinforced composites while they were being continuously in-situ loaded in tension. One material is a glass/epoxy laminate and the other is a carbon/epoxy laminate. The voxel size is 1.1 µm, which allows clear recognition of the glass fibers, but not distinct individual carbon fibers. For each material, four loading steps are selected with approximately 0, 40, 73, and 95% of the failure load, and the 3D images of the four volumes from each material are overlaid. A volume of interest in the middle 0° ply is chosen and located in the 3D image of each loading step. The cropped volumes of interest for each material are presented in this dataset. As examples of two frequently-used type of unidirectional fiber-reinforced composites, the presented data can be used for different microstructural analyses, including investigation of the 3D variability in fiber distribution and orientation, and their evolution during tensile loading. Moreover, real-time formation of fiber breaks with tensile loading can be investigated in the data.



Katholieke Universiteit Leuven


Carbon Fiber, Glass Fiber, Computed Tomography, Polymer Composite, Microstructural Analysis, Synchrotron