Mechanics of Composite Structures / Edition 1

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A greater use of composite materials in many areas of engineering has led to a greater demand for engineers versed in the design of structures made from such materials. This text offers students and engineers tools for designing practical composite structures. Among the topics of interest to the designer are stress-strain relationships for a wide range of anisotropic materials; bending, buckling, and vibration of plates; bending, torsion, buckling, and vibration of solid as well as thin-walled beams; shells; hygrothermal stresses and strains; finite element formulation; and failure criteria. More than 300 illustrations, 50 fully worked problems, and material properties data sets are included.

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"...the book is a uniquely successful sythesis of writing. On the one hand the book is written clearly, with practical users in mind. On the other hand, the text is complete and is based on sound fundamental principles...this comprehensive book has not just become either a collection of formulae or lengthy derivations...It also resulted in numerical examples that not only illustrate solution techniques but shed light on the underlying principles." Journal of Computational and Applied Mechanics

"Overall, the book will be of practical use to final year undergraduate enginering students, researchers on composites and practicing engineers seeking to acquire knoledge of mechanics of composite materials and of their applications." The Aeronautical Journal, C. Soutis

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521801652
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 498
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 1.26 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface; List of symbols; 1. Introduction; 2. Displacements, strains, stresses; 3. Laminated composites; 4. Thin plates; 5. Sandwich plates; 6. Beams; 7. Beams with shear deformation; 8. Shells; 9. Finite element analysis; 10. Failure criteria; 11. Micromechanics; Appendix A. Cross-sectional properties of thin-walled composite beams; Appendix B. Buckling loads and natural frequencies of orthotropic beams with shear deformation; Appendix C. Typical material properties; Index.

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