Fiber reinforced composite materials are so integral to today, s
product manufacture, a world without this innovative technology is
impossible to imagine. Now routinely used in such high-tech fields
as electronics, automobiles, aircraft, and space vehicles, they are
also essential to everyday staples of modern life: containers and
piping, sporting goods, and appliances. And no wonder. They offer
outstanding mechanical properties, versatility of design, light
weight, corrosion and impact resistance, excellent fatigue
strength— as well as ease of fabrication. This Second Edition of
the reference classic, the standard text for composite materials
courses worldwide, offers an unparalleled look at this important
class of engineering materials. It offers a comprehensive treatment
of the subject— from the mechanics, materials, and analysis of
fiber composites, to their fabrication, characterization, and
performance in practical design applications— in a single, newly
expanded volume. Enhanced coverage, designed to provide a view of
the total composites industry, includes a new chapter on
fabrication methods with an emphasis on reinforced plastics, new
material on experimental methods and fracture mechanics, as well as
expanded discussion of predictive techniques, and micromechanics
analysis. The balance of the text includes an up-to-date discussion
of: computer analysis of laminatesdamage identification using
nondestructive evaluation (NDE) techniquesdamage due to
low-velocity impactinfluence of moisture on performance of polymer
matrix compositesstress corrosion of glass fibers and glass
reinforced plasticsThe new revisions in format— numbering of
sections and subsections,plus additional subject headings— have
made the Second Edition an even more accessible reference for
students in mechanics and mechanical and aerospace engineering, as
well as professional design engineers. The wealth of exercise
problems at the end of each chapter serves to enhance comprehension
of the material— both in the classroom and at home. New features
include a survey of commercially available computer software
packages for calculating lamina and laminate properties, as well as
a listing of the properties of commercial composites. Fiber
composites, the fruit of pure innovative science, have brought
countless improvements to our day-to-day lives. And no other
reference to date describes the groundwork for this phenomenon with
such clarity and depth. Analysis and Performance of Fiber
Composites, Second Edition is an informative look at one of
engineering science’ s most fascinating frontiers.
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