Offers information on the fundamental principles, processes, methods and procedures related to fibre-reinforced composites. The book presents a comparative view, and provides design properties of polymeric, metal, ceramic and cement matrix composites. It also gives current test methods, joining techniques and design methodologies.
Introduction - definitions, classifications and applications. Part 1 Constituents: fibres, fabrics and fillers; matrix resins and fibre/matrix adhesion. Part 2 Mechanics: micromechanics; mechanics of laminated structures; mechanics of woven fabric composites; fracture and damage mechanics in laminated composites. Part 3 Processing: processing for laminated structures; press moulding processes; filament winding; the pultrusion process for continuous automated manufacture of engineered composite profiles; processing of thermoplastic matrix composites; processing of particle-reinforced metal matrix composites; joining and repair of aircraft composite structures; machining of composite materials. Part 4 Properties and performance: laminated polymer matrix composites; random fibre composites; selection guidelines for metal matrix composites; ceramic matrix composites; cement matrix composites. Part 5 Testing: mechanical property measurements; nondestructive tests. Part 6 Engineering with composite materials: design methodology and practices; materials selection, preliminary design and sizing for composite laminates; design guidelines for laminated composites.