The purpose of this text is to provide a basic understanding of the underlying science and the engineering applications of composite materials. It explains how materials with high strength and stiffness, together with low weight and other desirable properties are obtained, and the nature of the different forms of reinforcement (fibrous and particulate), matrix (polymer, metal or ceramic) and their interaction are discussed. Methods of production, typical applications and essential data (physical, chemical and mechanical) are presented and the nature and properties of the reinforcement/matrix interface are dealt with in detail. After a review of basic stress analysis and the properties of matrix algebra, methods of calculating the stiffness and strength of laminates are explained with the aid of numerous worked examples. Short-fibre reinforced, as well as continuous fibre systems are described, as are important engineering issues such as the effects of fatigue (cyclic) loading, environmental exposure, fracture mechanics and impact analysis. The problems associated with designing load carrying joints are discussed and finally methods of non-destructive evaluation, and typical defects encountered with composites are covered in depth. "Composite Materials: Engineering and Science" is based on a long-running course at Imperial College, London and the numerous worked examples combined with a comprehensive set of problems and self assessment questions (with answers) provide a text which should be useful for senior undergraduate and graduate courses in materials science, engineering (aeronautical, mechanical, chemical or civil) and physics. It should also be of use to any designer or professional engineer who is new to composite materials.
Publisher: Chapman and Hall
Number of pages: 480
Edition: 1993 ed.
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