An increase in the use of composite materials in areas of engineering has led to a greater demand for engineers versed in the design of structures made from such materials. This book offers students and engineers tools for designing practical composite structures. Among the topics of interest to the designer are stress-strain relationships for a wide range of anisotropic materials; bending, buckling, and vibration of plates; bending, torsion, buckling, and vibration of solid as well as thin walled beams; shells; hygrothermal stresses and strains; finite element formulation; and failure criteria. More than 300 illustrations, 50 fully worked problems, and material properties data sets are included. Some knowledge of composites, differential equations, and matrix algebra is helpful but not necessary, as the book is self-contained. Graduate students, researchers, and practitioners will value it for both theory and application.
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Number of pages: 500
Weight: 790 g
Dimensions: 244 x 170 x 26 mm
Review of the hardback: 'This book will be useful to graduate students, researchers and engineers seeking to learn more about the mechanics of composites and the applications of composite materials.' Engineering Designer
"...the book is a uniquely successful sythesis of writing. On the one hand the book is written clearly, with practical users in mind. On the other hand, the text is complete and is based on sound fundamental principles...this comprehensive book has not just become either a collection of formulae or lengthy derivations...It also resulted in numerical examples that not only illustrate solution techniques but shed light on the underlying principles." Journal of Computational and Applied Mechanics
"Overall, the book will be of practical use to final year undergraduate enginering students, researchers on composites and practicing engineers seeking to acquire knoledge of mechanics of composite materials and of their applications." The Aeronautical Journal, C. Soutis