Introduction to Composite Materials Design, Second Edition

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  • Presents a concise, easy-to-read introduction to composite materials and mechanics, to promote sound analysis and design
  • Includes the most effective methods for analysis and design of composite materials
  • Provides detailed information on fiber and matrix and their properties essential for design
  • Adds new information on the latest technology, including modern fiber properties and new developments in the use of carbon nanotubes as reinforcement, etc.
  • Explores applied design and analysis of beams, plates, shells, and external strengthening of reinforced concrete beams, columns, and beam-columns
  • Offers fully developed examples, as well as tables, illustrations, and exercises to demonstrate the application of presented analysis techniques and design methodology



Presenting a wealth of completely revised examples and new information, Introduction to Composite Materials Design, Second Edition greatly improves on the bestselling first edition. It incorporates state-of-the-art advances in knowledge and design methods that have taken place over the last 10 years, yet maintains the distinguishing features and vital content of the original.

New material in this second edition:

  • Introduces new background topics, including design for reliability and fracture mechanics
  • Revises and updates information on polymer matrices, modern fibers (e.g., carbon nanotubes, Basalt, Vectran) and fiber forms such as textiles/fabrics
  • Includes new information on Vacuum Assisted Resin Transfer Molding (VARTM)
  • Incorporates major advances in prediction of unidirectional-lamina properties
  • Reworks sections on material failure, including the most advanced prediction and design methodologies, such as in situ strength and Mohr-Coulomb criterion, etc.
  • Covers all aspects of preliminary design, relegating finite element analysis to a separate textbook
  • Discusses methodology used to perform damage mechanics analysis of laminated composites accounting for the main damage modes: longitudinal tension, longitudinal compression, transverse tension, in-plane shear, and transverse compression
  • Presents in-depth analysis of composites reinforced with plain, twill, and satin weaves, as well as with random fiber reinforcements
  • Expands the analysis of thin walled beams with newly developed examples and MATLAB® code
  • Addresses external strengthening of reinforced-concrete beams, columns, and structural members subjected to both axial and bending loads

The author distributes 78 fully developed examples throughout the book to illustrate the application of presented analysis techniques and design methodology, making this textbook ideally suited for self-study. Requiring no more than senior undergraduate-level understanding of math and mechanics, it remains an invaluable tool for students in the engineering disciplines, as well as for self-studying, practicing engineers.

Table of Contents


Basic Concepts

The Design Process

Composites Design Methods

Design for Reliability

Fracture Mechanics


Fiber Reinforcements

Fiber–Matrix Compatibility

Fiber Forms

Matrix Materials

Thermoset Matrices

Thermoplastic Matrices

Creep, Temperature, and Moisture

Corrosion Resistance


Manufacturing Processes

Hand Lay-up

Pre-preg Lay-up

Bag Molding

Autoclave Processing

Compression Molding

Resin Transfer Molding

Vacuum Assisted Resin Transfer Molding


Filament Winding


Basic Concepts


Moisture and Thermal Expansion


Ply Mechanics

Coordinate Systems

Stress and Strain

Stress–Strain Equations

Off-axis Stiffness


Plate Stiffness and Compliance

Computation of Stresses

Common Laminate Types

Laminate Moduli

Design Using Carpet Plots

Hygro-thermal Stresses (*)


Lamina Failure Criteria

Laminate First Ply Failure

Laminate Strength

Strength Design Using Carpet Plots

Stress Concentrations (*)


Continuum Damage Mechanics

Longitudinal Tensile Damage

Longitudinal Compression Damage

Transverse Tension and In-plane Shear

Fabric-reinforced Composites

Weave Pattern Description


Tow Properties

Element Stiffness and Constitutive Relationship

Laminate Properties

Failure Analysis

Woven Fabrics with Gap

Twill and Satin

Randomly Oriented Reinforcement


Preliminary Design

Thin Walled Beams

Plates and Stiffened Panels

Plate Bending

Plate Buckling

Stiffened Panels


Shells of Revolution

Cylindrical Shells with General Loading

Strengthening of Reinforced Concrete

Strengthening Design


Flexural Strengthening of RC Beams

Shear Strengthening




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