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Extensively updated and maintaining the high standard of the popular original, Principles of Composite Material Mechanics, Second Edition reflects many of the recent developments in the mechanics of composite materials. It draws on the decades of teaching and research experience of the author and the course material of the senior undergraduate and graduate level classes he has taught.

New and up-to-date information throughout the text brings modern engineering students everything they need to advance their knowledge of the evermore common composite materials. The introduction strengthens the book’s emphasis on basic principles of mechanics by adding a review of the basic mechanics of materials equations. New appendices cover the derivations of stress equilibrium equations and the strain–displacement relations from elasticity theory. Additional sections address recent applications of composite mechanics to nanocomposites, composite grid structures, and composite sandwich structures. More detailed discussion of elasticity and finite element models have been included along with results from the recent World Wide Failure Exercise. The author takes a phenomenological approach to illustrate linear viscoelastic behavior of composites. Updated information on the nature of fracture and composite testing includes coverage of the finite element implementation of the Virtual Crack Closure technique and new and revised ASTM standard test methods. The author includes updated and expanded material property tables, many more example problems and homework exercises, as well as new reference citings throughout the text.

Requiring a solid foundation in materials mechanics, engineering, linear algebra, and differential equations, Principles of Composite Materials Mechanics, Second Edition provides the advanced knowledge in composite materials needed by today’s materials scientists and engineers.

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A textbook for a one- or two-semester course for seniors or graduates in mechanical engineering, presenting a mathematically oriented introduction to composite materials. The prerequisites are the mechanics of materials, materials engineering, and ordinary differential equations; some linear algebra would make it easier. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780824753894
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/23/2007
  • Series: Mechanical Engineering Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 608
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Basic Concepts Constituent Materials for Composites Structural Applications of Composites Fabrication Processes Elements of Mechanical Behavior of Composites Review of Basic Mechanics of Materials Equations Problems References
Lamina Stress – Strain Relationships
Introduction Effective Moduli in Stress – Strain Relationships Symmetry in Stress – Strain Relationships Orthotropic and Isotropic Engineering Constants The Specially Orthotropic Lamina Problems References
Effective Moduli of a Continuous Fiber-Reinforced Lamina
Introduction Elementary Mechanics of Materials Models Improved Mechanics of Materials Models Elasticity Models Semiempirical Models Problems References
Strength of a Continuous Fiber-Reinforced Lamina
Introduction Multiaxial Strength Criteria Micromechanics Models for Lamina Strength Problems References
Analysis of Lamina Hygrothermal Behavior
Introduction Hygrothermal Degradation of Properties Lamina Stress – Strain Relationships Including Hygrothermal Effects Micromechanics Models for Hygrothermal Properties Problems References
Analysis of a Discontinuous Fiber-Reinforced Lamina
Introduction Aligned Discontinuous Fibers Off-axis Aligned Discontinuous Fibers Randomly Oriented Fibers Nanofibers and Nanotubes

Analysis of Laminates
Introduction Theory of Laminated Beams in Pure Flexure Theory of Laminated Plates with Coupling Stiffness Characteristics of Selected Laminate Configurations Derivation and Use of Laminate Compliances Hygrothermal Effects in Laminates Interlaminar Stresses Laminate Strength Analysis Deflection and Buckling of Laminates Selection of Laminate Designs Application of Laminate Analysis to Composite Structures Problems References
Analysis of Viscoelastic and Dynamic Behavior
Introduction Linear Viscoelastic Behavior of Composites Dynamic Behavior of Composites Problems References
Analysis of Fracture.
Introduction Fracture Mechanics Analysis of Through-Thickness Cracks Stress Fracture Criteria for Through-Thickness Notches Interlaminar Fracture Problems References
Mechanical Testing of Composites and Their Constituents
Introduction Measurement of Constituent Material Properties Measurement of Basic Composite Properties Measurement of Viscoelastic and Dynamic Properties Problems References
Appendix A – Stress Equilibrium Equations
Appendix B – Strain-displacement Relations

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