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4th Edition

Principles of Composite Material Mechanics

ISBN 9781498720694
Published February 5, 2016 by CRC Press
698 Pages 391 B/W Illustrations

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Principles of Composite Material Mechanics covers a unique blend of classical and contemporary mechanics of composites technologies. It presents analytical approaches ranging from the elementary mechanics of materials to more advanced elasticity and finite element numerical methods, discusses novel materials such as nanocomposites and hybrid multiscale composites, and examines the hygrothermal, viscoelastic, and dynamic behavior of composites.

This fully revised and expanded Fourth Edition of the popular bestseller reflects the current state of the art, fresh insight gleaned from the author’s ongoing composites research, and pedagogical improvements based on feedback from students, colleagues, and the author’s own course notes.

New to the Fourth Edition

  • New worked-out examples and homework problems are added in most chapters, bringing the grand total to 95 worked-out examples (a 19% increase) and 212 homework problems (a 12% increase)
  • Worked-out example problems and homework problems are now integrated within the chapters, making it clear to which section each example problem and homework problem relates
  • Answers to selected homework problems are featured in the back of the book

Principles of Composite Material Mechanics, Fourth Edition provides a solid foundation upon which students can begin work in composite materials science and engineering. A complete solutions manual is included with qualifying course adoption.

Table of Contents

Basic Concepts
Constituent Materials for Composites
Structural Applications of Composites
Multifunctional Applications of Composites
Fabrication Processes
Elements of Mechanical Behavior of Composites
Review of Basic Mechanics of Materials Equations

Lamina Stress–Strain Relationships
Effective Moduli in Stress–Strain Relationships
Symmetry in Stress–Strain Relationships
Orthotropic and Isotropic Engineering Constants
Specially Orthotropic Lamina
Generally Orthotropic Lamina

Effective Moduli of a Continuous Fiber-Reinforced Lamina
Elementary Mechanics of Materials Models
Improved Mechanics of Materials Models
Elasticity Models
Semiempirical Models

Strength of a Continuous Fiber-Reinforced Lamina
Multiaxial Strength Criteria
Micromechanics Models for Lamina Strength

Analysis of Lamina Hygrothermal Behavior
Hygrothermal Degradation of Properties
Lamina Stress–Strain Relationships Including Hygrothermal Effects
Micromechanics Models for Hygrothermal Properties

Analysis of a Discontinuously Reinforced Lamina
Aligned Discontinuous Fibers
Off-Axis-Aligned Discontinuous Fibers
Randomly Oriented Discontinuous Fibers
Nanofibers and Nanotubes
Hybrid Multiscale Reinforcements

Analysis of Laminates
Theory of Laminated Beams
Theory of Laminated Plates with Coupling
Stiffness Characteristics of Selected Laminate Configurations
Derivation and Use of Laminate Compliances
Hygrothermal Effects in Laminates
Interlaminar Stresses
Laminate Strength Analysis
Deflection and Buckling of Laminates
Selection of Laminate Designs
Application of Laminate Analysis to Composite Structures

Analysis of Viscoelastic and Dynamic Behavior
Linear Viscoelastic Behavior of Composites
Dynamic Behavior of Composites
Nanoenhancement of Viscoelastic and Dynamic Properties

Analysis of Fracture
Fracture Mechanics Analyses of Through-Thickness Cracks
Stress Fracture Criteria for Through-Thickness Notches
Interlaminar Fracture
Nanoenhancement of Fracture Toughness

Mechanical Testing of Composites and Their Constituents
Measurement of Constituent Material Properties
Measurement of Basic Composite Properties
Measurement of Viscoelastic and Dynamic Properties
Measurement of Hygrothermal Properties

Answers to Selected Problems
Appendix A: Matrix Concepts and Operations
Appendix B: Stress Equilibrium Equations
Appendix C: Strain–Displacement Equations

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Ronald F. Gibson, Ph.D., is currently an adjunct professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno. He has held full-time faculty positions at Iowa State University, University of Idaho, and Wayne State University, as well as visiting faculty positions at Stanford University, University of Florida, and Michigan State University. His industrial/government experience includes a position as a development engineer for Union Carbide Corporation, Nuclear Division and a summer faculty fellowship at the NASA Langley Research Center. Widely published and highly decorated, Dr. Gibson is an elected fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Society for Advancement of Material and Process Engineering, and American Society for Composites. He is also past president of the American Society for Composites, and a member of the American Society for Engineering Education, American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics, and Society for Experimental Mechanics.


"… provides not only an overview into manufacturing of composite materials that is reasonably understandable by students without going into extravagant detail, but also provides students with examples that are easy to follow such that they can complete the associated homework problems. The combination of both static and dynamic analysis of composites makes this text worth selecting for a senior- or graduate-level mechanical engineering course in the mechanics of composites."
—Josh T. Millard, Oregon Institute of Technology, Klamath Falls, USA

"Easy to read, with good examples. Well-laid-out theories. Very perfect for what I am teaching and perhaps for most of what composites faculty are teaching."
—Srikanth Pilla, Clemson University, South Carolina, USA

"I like the approach of answering homework problems in the fourth edition, included in the back of the book. In particular, I have found all the necessary and relevant topics have been covered within the new edition, and the flow of the topics is appropriate. … This book is easy to understand, simple in approach, and student friendly, with worked-out problems and descriptions. Expanded coverage of the requirement for structural analysis of composite materials makes it more fruitful and interesting. … This book will continue to serve as a basic reference for newcomers to the area of composite materials as well as for experienced personnel."
—Dr. Kabir Mamun, School of Engineering and Physics, Faculty of Science, Engineering, and Technology, The University of the South Pacific, Laucala Campus, Suva, Fiji Islands

"… includes many new developments in the field of composite mechanics which deserve to be presented at a course to graduate students, and this new edition is particularly suitable to this kind of course. It adds a lot of new example problems and homework problems within the chapter sections."
—Dr. Fulin Shang, Professor, Xi’an Jiaotong University, China

"Wonderful book! Easy to read and follow by professors and students."
—Domenico Umbrello, Department of Mechanical, Energetic, and Management Engineering (DIMEG), University of Calabria, Rende, Italy

"The text has a very good introduction that takes its basis in the newest technologies and materials. Moreover, the text provides examples on the use of composite materials in modern products ranging from the civil engineering industry to space crafts. Furthermore, the text provides a thorough link between the courses taught in mechanics of materials and the approach to calculate laminates."
—Jon Svenninggaard, Senior Lecturer, Mechanical Engineering Department, VIA University College, Horsens, Denmark