Mechanics of Composite Materials

2nd Edition

Autar K. Kaw

CRC Press
Published November 2, 2005
Textbook - 490 Pages - 140 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780849313431 - CAT# 1343
Series: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Series

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  • Provides broad, detailed coverage of all aspects of the mechanics of composite materials
  • Reviews background information for a self-contained treatment and provides real-world design examples
  • Adds a new chapter devoted to symmetrical and nonsymmetrical beams
  • Includes an extended matrix algebra appendix, more examples and derivations, and exercises
  • Updates PROMAL to include elasticity models found in the chapter on micromechanical analysis of lamina
  • Summary

    In 1997, Dr. Kaw introduced the first edition of Mechanics of Composite Materials, receiving high praise for its comprehensive scope and detailed examples. He also introduced the groundbreaking PROMAL software, a valuable tool for designing and analyzing structures made of composite materials. Updated and expanded to reflect recent advances in the field, this Second Edition retains all of the features -- logical, streamlined organization; thorough coverage; and self-contained treatment -- that made the first edition a bestseller.

    The book begins with a question-and-answer style introduction to composite materials, including fresh material on new applications. The remainder of the book discusses macromechanical analysis of both individual lamina and laminate materials; micromechanical analysis of lamina including elasticity based models; failure, analysis, and design of laminates; and symmetrical and nonsymmetrical beams (new chapter). New examples and derivations are included in the chapters on micromechanical and macromechanical analysis of lamina, and the design chapter contains two new examples: design of a pressure vessel and design of a drive shaft. The author also adds key terms and a summary to each chapter. The most current PROMAL software is available via the author's often-updated Web site, along with new multiple-choice questions.

    With superior tools and complete coverage, Mechanics of Composite Materials, Second Edition makes it easier than ever to integrate composite materials into your designs with confidence.

    For instructions on downloading the associated PROMAL software, please visit


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