Polymer Matrix Composites and Technology


  • Ru-Min Wang
  • Shui-Rong Zheng
  • Yujun Zheng, Associate Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences, University of Georgia

Given such properties as low density and high strength, polymer matrix composites have become a widely used material in the aerospace and other industries. Polymer matrix composites and technology provides a helpful overview of these materials, their processing and performance.

After an introductory chapter, part one reviews the main reinforcement and matrix materials used as well as the nature of the interface between them. Part two discusses forming and molding technologies for polymer matrix composites. The final part of the book covers key aspects of performance, including tensile, compression, shear and bending properties as well as impact, fatigue and creep behaviour.

Polymer matrix composites and technology provides both students and those in industry with a valuable introduction to and overview of this important class of materials.
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Students and those in industry


Book information

  • Published: July 2011
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • ISBN: 978-0-85709-221-2

Table of Contents

Introduction to polymer matrix composites. Part 1 Component materials: Reinforced materials; Matrix materials; Interface of polymer matrix composites. Part 2 Processing of composite materials: Fabrication of the half-finished products for polymer composites; Forming technology of polymer matrix composites; Molding technology of sandwich structure composites. Part 3 Performance of composite materials: Elementary mechanical properties of composite materials; Other mechanical properties of composite materials; High frequency dielectric properties of composites and radome; Other properties of polymer composites.