Elsevier updates comprehensive composites science reference

One of six new plastics and polymers books, second edition includes up-to-date coverage of important commercial, consumer and aerospace/defense applications

Cambridge, MA, August 31, 2017

Elsevier, the information analytics business specializing in science and health, today announced the publication of the second edition of Comprehensive Composite Materials II, edited by Carl H. Zweben and Peter Beaumont. This one-stop reference work spans the entire composites science field, covering topics such as fiber reinforcements and general theory of composites, polymer matrix composites, metal matrix composites, test methods, nondestructive evaluation and smart composites, design and application, and nanocomposites, multifunctional materials and smart materials. Elsevier also published five additional plastics and polymers books.

With 85 percent newly commissioned articles and updates to the remaining articles from the first edition, Comprehensive Composite Materials II, 2nd Edition provides extensive coverage of new topics. There is a special focus on nanocomposites, including nanoscale reinforcements, such as single-wall and multi-wall nanotubes, graphene nanoplatelets, and nanodiamonds. The reference also addresses the development and application of the principles of multi-scale mechanics and physical model-based design methods and the incorporation of mechanisms of deformation and fracture into predictive design equations useful for the design engineer.

Learn more about self-healing composite materials in this chapter from the new reference.

Dr. Carl H. Zweben is an industry consultant (Zweben Consulting, Pennsylvania, USA) with more than 40 years' experience in advanced thermal materials and composite structural, optical and mechanical systems. He is a former Division Fellow and Advanced Technology Manager at General Electric, and directed the GE Aerospace Group Composites Center of Excellence (now retired). Dr. Zweben has also held positions at Du Pont and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He is a Life Fellow of The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), a Fellow of Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE) and American Society for Metals (ASM) and an Associate Fellow of The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). Dr. Zweben was the co-Editor-in-Chief of the first edition of Comprehensive Composite Materials, with Anthony Kelly.

Dr. Peter Beaumont is Reader in Engineering Materials at the Engineering Department in the University of Cambridge, UK. Through several decades, Dr. Beaumont has researched the relation between structure and properties of engineering materials, especially composite materials, polymers and ceramic systems. His research has led to a new formulation of the principles of damage mechanics of composite materials for which he received the Distinguished Research Award of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Dr. Beaumont has published extensively on the structure and properties of composite materials, polymers and ceramics, and he is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of international journal Applied Composite Materials.

The six new plastics and polymers titles are:

In order to meet content needs in plastics and polymer science, Elsevier uses proprietary tools to identify the gaps in coverage of the topics. Editorial teams strategically fill those gaps with content written by key influencers in the field, giving students, faculty and researchers the content they need to answer challenging questions and improve outcomes. These new books, which will educate the next generation of plastic and polymer scientists, and provide critical foundational content for information professionals, are key examples of how Elsevier is enabling science to drive innovation.


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