Ageing of Composites

Edited by

  • R Martin

Ageing of composites is a highly topical subject given the increasing use of composites in structural applications in many industries. Ageing of composites addresses many of the uncertainties about the long-term performance of composites and how they age under conditions encountered in service.

The first part of the book reviews processes and modelling of composite ageing including physical and chemical ageing of polymeric composites, ageing of glass-ceramic matrix composites, chemical ageing mechanisms, stress corrosion cracking, thermo-oxidative ageing, spectroscopy of ageing composites, modelling physical and accelerated ageing and ageing of silicon carbide composites. Part two examines ageing of composites in transport applications including aircraft, vehicles and ships. Part three reviews ageing of composites in non-transport applications such as implants in medical devices, oil and gas refining, construction, chemical processing and underwater applications.

With its distinguished editor and international team of contributors, Ageing of composites is a valuable reference guide for composite manufacturers and developers. It also serves as a source of information for material scientists, designers and engineers in industries that use composites, including transport, chemical processing and medical engineering.
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Book information

  • Published: August 2008
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • ISBN: 978-1-84569-352-7

Table of Contents

Part 1 Ageing of composites: Processes and modelling: The physical and chemical ageing of polymeric composites; Ageing of glass-ceramic matrix composites; Chemical ageing mechanisms of glass fibre reinforced concrete; Stress corrosion cracking in glass reinforced polymer composites; Thermo-oxidative ageing of composite materials; Fourier transform infrared photoacoustic spectroscopy of ageing composites; Modelling physical ageing in polymer composites; Modelling accelerated ageing in polymer composites; Ageing of silicon carbide composites. Part 2 Ageing of composites in transport applications: Ageing of composites in the rail industry; Ageing of composites in the rotorcraft industry; Ageing of composites in marine vessels. Part 3 Ageing of composites in non-transport applications: Ageing of polyethylene composite implants in medical devices; Ageing of composites in oil and gas applications; Ageing of composites in the construction industry; Ageing of composite insulators; Ageing of composites in the chemical processing industry; Ageing of composites in underwater applications.