The potential application areas for polymer composites are vast. While techniques and methodologies for composites design are relatively well established, the knowledge and understanding of post-design issues lag far behind. This leads to designs and eventually composites with disappointing properties and unnecessarily high cost, thus impeding a wider industrial acceptance of polymer composites.
Manufacturing of Polymer Composites completely covers pre- and post-design issues. While the book enables students to become fully comfortable with composites as a possible materials choice, it also provides sufficient knowledge about manufacturing-related issues to permit them to avoid common pitfalls and unmanufacturable designs. The book is a fully comprehensive text covering all commercially significant materials and manufacturing techniques while at the same time discussing areas of research and development that are nearing commercial reality.
Table of Contents
The Evolution of Materials
The Composite Concept
Design and Manufacturing
Composites Based on Inorganic Matrices
Generic Manufacturing-Related Issues
Manufacturing-Induced Component Defects
Quality Control and Characterization
Constituent Quality Control and Characerization
Composite Quality Control
Green Thinking in Design
HEALTH AND SAFETY
Routes of Exposure and Harmful Effects