Polymer matrix composites are used in a wide range of applications, from automotive parts and spacecraft components to chemical plant and offshore oil equipment. Elastic prorerties, residual stress, jointing, and environmental effects of polymers are among the topics covered in this work, which draws upon numerous case studies. Aimed at professional engineers, this reference explains how to design with these materials. The book includes a number of design considerations, from empirical design to fracture mechanics, as well as guidelines for determination of material properties. A discussion of composite manufacture and a look at what the future holds are also included.
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