Processing of Polymer Matrix Composites

P.K. Mallick

October 4, 2017 by CRC Press
Textbook - 342 Pages
ISBN 9781466578227 - CAT# K16826

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  • Combines fundamental and practical aspects

  • Includes a wealth of examples and end of chapter problems to clarify concepts

  • Gives examples of process parameter selection and information on process-properties-design interactions

  • Covers joining, manufacturing cost, quality inspection methods, tooling, and environmental and safety issues important in the manufacturing industry

  • Features a solutions manual for qualifying adopting professors


Polymer matrix composites are finding increasing number of applications due to their high weight-saving potential as well as unique characteristics, such as high strength-to-density ratio, fatigue resistance, high damping factor, and freedom from corrosion. While many textbooks are available on the mechanics of polymer matrix composites, few cover their processing. Processing of Polymer Matrix Composites fills this gap. The book focuses on the major manufacturing processes used for polymer matrix composites and describes process details, process parameters and their effects on properties and process-induced defects, and analytical and experimental methods used for understanding process conditions. The book describes fibers, thermosetting and thermoplastic polymers, and interface characteristics that are important from the standpoint of both design and processing. It also emphasizes the applications of process fundamentals for both continuous fiber and short fiber polymer matrix composites. In addition the book considers quality inspection methods, tooling, and manufacturing costs and environmental and safety issues.


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