Engineering Design with Polymers and Composites, Second Edition

James C. Gerdeen, PhD, PE, Ronald A.L. Rorrer, PhD, PE

December 19, 2011 by CRC Press
Textbook - 420 Pages - 306 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781439860526 - CAT# K12777

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  • Discusses the material behavior and design techniques for polymers, which are different than those for typical metals
  • Explores how to save the weight and cost of materials to support a sustainable future with diminishing resources
  • Describes how to select the best polymer material for various applications
  • Explains how to save time and money by making polymer prototypes
  • Illustrates laminate analysis with MATLAB® and Octave
  • Includes real-world examples and end-of-chapter problems

Solutions manual available with qualifying course adoption, an Excel file featuring properties of 48 polymeric materials is available for download on the book’s page on the CRC Press website.


    Engineering Design with Polymers and Composites, Second Edition continues to provide one of the only textbooks on the analysis and design of mechanical components made from polymer materials. It explains how to create polymer materials to meet design specifications.

    After tracing the history of polymers and composites, the text describes modern design concepts, such as weight-to-strength ratio and cost-to-strength ratio, for selecting polymers and composites for design applications. It also presents computer methods for choosing polymer materials from a database, for optimal design, and for laminated plate design.

    New to the Second Edition
    This edition rearranges many chapters and adds a significant amount of new material. Composites are now covered in two chapters, instead of one. This edition also includes entirely new chapters on polymer fusing and other assembly techniques, rapid prototyping, and piezoelectric polymers.

    Suitable for mechanical and civil engineering students as well as practicing engineers, this book helps readers get an edge in the rapidly changing electromechanical industry. It gives them a fundamental foundation for understanding phenomena that they will encounter in real-life applications or through subsequent study and research.


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