Assessment and Testing Services
All repair jobs involve assessment of the damage in our repair quote. This starts when you submit our online Enquiry Form, providing photos and a detailed description of the bike, the damage suffered; and for context, how it occurred.
We undertake an initial assessment of the damage, then email you a carbon fibre repair quote with paint/finishing options. Most times photos and a description of the damage is sufficient, other times a physical assessment in the workshop is required. When we send out an initial quote by email, there is always the chance that the damage is more serious than first thought. This can also happen once the paint is removed over the damage.
- > With over 15 years experience in all aspects of carbon fibre construction, it is the experience that is often the most important element of the assessment
- > We use the following methods, together with professional test equipment and measurement tools for assessment and testing of damage and repairs
- > A Damage and Survey Report can be prepared for a fee for insurance and/or peace of mind
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Testing & Services Overview
Taking into account the customer provided details of the circumstances of the incident resulting in the damage, a visual inspection is conducted using some or all of the following equipment – high intensity spot lamps, fibrescopes for internal inspection of tubes, (where access is available); magnifying glasses and use of a cotton gloved hand sweeping over the surface to feel for fractured carbon fibre ends.
From the simple coin test to a ‘tap test’ with an instrumented tap hammer fitted with an accelerometer, provides a quantified frequency readout that is used to detect delamination of the carbon fibre lay ups. Often these de-laminations are not revealed by visual inspection.
A doctor’s stethoscope is sometimes used to detect and / or confirm that fractured internal fibres are present. The fibres rub against one another when flexed, resulting in an audible sound.
The geometry of the part impacts the readings and therefore knowledge of the underlying structure layup is required. Thus, reliable results requires associated experience and judgment to interpret the readings obtained.
We have a large range of tools and instruments in the workshop to measure lengths, diameters and thicknesses, and when used in conjunction with frame alignment jigs and alignment tables, the frame’s dimensional correctness can be determined. Repair jobs that depend on measurements, are the repair of ‘out of tolerance’ of the seat tube to seat post clearance and working in the drop out area.