This paper presents the methods used to fabricate carbon fiber tubes with different geometries that impact their critical failure modes. Two types of carbon fiber were used in the manufacturing process: seamless sleeve carbon fiber and stitched bonded sheet carbon fiber (PRI 2000-1-C). A manufacturing process for the tubes was developed for both geometries. Different epoxy systems were used for each fiber type. After curing, the surfaces of the tubes were inspected using flash thermography to characterize surface defects.
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