Damage and Failure of Composite Materials

Damage and Failure of Composite Materials

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Understanding damage and failure of composite materials is critical for reliable and cost-effective engineering design. Bringing together materials mechanics and modeling, this book provides a complete guide to damage, fatigue and failure of composite materials. Early chapters focus on the underlying principles governing composite damage, reviewing basic equations and mechanics theory, before describing mechanisms of damage such as cracking, breakage and buckling. In subsequent chapters, the physical mechanisms underlying the formation and progression of damage under mechanical loads are described with ample experimental data, and micro- and macro-level damage models are combined. Finally, fatigue of composite materials is discussed using fatigue-life diagrams. While there is a special emphasis on polymer matrix composites, metal and ceramic matrix composites are also described. Outlining methods for more reliable design of composite structures, this is a valuable resource for engineers and materials scientists in industry and academia.show more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 171 b/w illus.
  • 1139418483
  • 9781139418485

Table of contents

1. Durability assessment of composite structures; 2. Review of mechanics of composite materials; 3. Damage in composite materials; 4. Micro damage mechanics; 5. Macro damage mechanics; 6. Damage progression; 7. Damage mechanisms and fatigue-life diagrams; 8. Future directions; Index.show more

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'... a welcome addition to the literature. Numerous books treat separately the mechanics of composites and failure of materials: very few combine them together and in such a coherent and comprehensive manner.' Ettore Barbiei, The Aeronautical Journalshow more