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Composite Materials, Volume I: Properties, Non-Destructive Testing, and Repair


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  • Early chapters define composites, clarifying advantages and classification of various families including hybrids. This allows the reader to become comfortable with the terms used and the history and evolution of composite materials. Pg.___
  • The various reinforcement materials and matrix compositions are presented in tabular and descriptive narrative form giving the reader the opportunity to view and analyze the differences between the materials available. Pg.___
  • Discusses the future of computer-aided composite modeling and finite element analysis .Pg.___
  • Covers composite design, modeling, mechanical properties, and repair methods. Pg.___
  • Covering metals, ceramics, polymers, and other engineered materials, this book shows how each type of composite may be designed, manufactured, strengthened, and repaired. Pg.___
  • Studies PMC, MMC, and CMC properties. Pg.___


  • Copyright 1997
  • Dimensions: 7" x 9-1/4"
  • Pages: 432
  • Edition: 1st
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-300047-8
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-300047-4


Innovation in materials engineering is the key to today's industrial progress. The evolution of lighter, stronger, cheaper materials with lower environmental impact and greater reliability is changing the way things are designed and built. To keep pace, engineers must stay abreast of current developments in all types of materials, from ceramic compounds to metals to synthetic fibers.

To utilize the new materials effectively and safely requires thorough familiarity with the materials themselves and the ways in which they interact when used in combination. Testing and inspection techniques are crucial with new materials whose properties may not yet be fully explored.

This book offers an up-to-date look at the principle types of composite materials and their uses, with a practical focus on nondestructive testing and repair. Special attention is given to the interfaces between dissimilar materials in various applications.

The introduction discusses the major composite families, fibers, matrix combinations, and the methods for strengthening these various materials. Advanced chapters cover:

  • Composite design and modeling
  • Mechanical properties: PMC, MMC, and CMC
  • Nondestructive evaluation, testing and inspection techniques
  • Repair methods
  • Industrial applications

Working engineers will find this book a useful overview of current issues in the field of material science. Students and teachers in a wide variety of engineering disciplines will also appreciate this practical, contemporary work as a text book or supplementary reading.

Sample Content

Table of Contents

1. General Introduction to Advanced Composites.

Introduction. What Are Composites? Composites and Their History. Advantages of Composites. General Characteristics of Composites. Major Composite Classes.

2. Fibers and Matrices.

Introduction. Advances in Polymer Fiber Technology. Fibers. Whiskers. Particulates. Wire. Matrices. Metal and Ceramic Matrices. Toughening Mechanisms, Interfaces, Blending, and Adhesion.

3. Composite Modeling, Finite Element Analysis, and Design.

Introduction. Composite Modeling. Finite Element Method and Finite Method Analysis. Design Methodology.

4. PMC Properties.

Introduction. Static Mechanical Properties. Fatigue Properties. Impact Properties. Other Properties. The Influence of Environmental Effects. Long-term Properties. Fracture Behavior and Damage Tolerance. Tribological Properties.

5. MMC Properties.

Introduction. Property Prediction. Mechanical Properties. MMC Property Limitations. MMC Tailoring. MMC Behavior. MMC Continuous-Filament Characteristics. MMC Discontinuous Reinforcement. Aluminum Continuous MMCs. Copper Continuous MMCs. Nickel Continuous MMCs. Magnesium Continuous MMCs. Aluminum Discontinuous MMCs. Magnesium Discontinuous MMCs. Aluminum Discontinuous MMCs. Copper Discontinuous MMCs. Magnesium Discontinuous MMCs. Titanium Discontinuous MMCs. Beryllium Discontinuous MMCs. Nickel Aluminide MMCs. Special Coatings.

6. CMC Properties.

Introduction. CMC Properties. Whiskers. Particulates. Platelets. Nanocomposites. Future Trends.

7. Repair of Composite Structures.

Introduction. Why Repair? Types of Repair and Types of Damage. Design Criteria. Generic Design Concepts. Field Repair Versus Depot Repair. Case Histories. Future of Repair.

8. Nondestructive Evaluation, Testing, and Inspection.

Introduction. NDT Processes for Production and Automation Environments. Applications. Future Potential of NDT Methods.




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