This book provides the basis for calculations of composite structures, using continuum mechanics to facilitate the treatment of more elaborate theories. A composite structure combines traditional materials (such as concrete) with new materials (such as high performance fibres) to explore and develop new structures. The author deals with individual layers in laminate composites, discussing the basic laws that govern mixtures.

Key Features

· Recommended for both student and professional use · A systematic, compact presentation in a single volume · Covers the governing equations of composite beams, plates and structures


Advanced students, academics and practitioners involved in mechanics, mechanical structures and systems

Table of Contents

Contents: Part I: Mechanical Behaviour of Composite Materials: Constitutive relations of anisotropic materials in linear elasticity; Orthotropic layer behaviour; Elastic constants of a unidirectional composite; Failure criteria. Part II: Multi-layer plates: Multi-layer Kirchhoff-Love thin plates; Symmetrical orthotropic Kirchhoff-Love plates; Thermo-elastic behaviour of composites; Symmetric orthotropic Reissner-Mindlin plates; Asymmetrical multi-layer Kirchhoff-Love plates; Cylindrical flexure of multi-layer Kirchhoff-Love plates; Cylindrical flexure of multi-layer Reissner-Mindlin plates. Part III: Multi-Layer Beams: Symmetrical multi-layer beams in tension-compression; Symmetrical multi-layer beams in flexure without transverse shear strain; Symmetrical multi-layer beams in flexure with transverse shear strain. Appendices: Global Plate Equations: Global plate equations neglecting large transverse displacement; Global plate equations for large transverse displacements; Global plane equations: Kirchhoff-Love theory of variational formulation; Global plate equations: Reissner-Mindlin theory variational formulation.


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About the author

Christian Decolon

Associate Professor of Mechanics at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (CNAM France), at Ecole Supérieure de Conception et de Production Industrielles, France and at Centre d’Actualisation des Connaissances et de l’Etude des Matériaux Industriels, France. He is co-author of six books on subjects in material science.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor of Mechanics at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (CNAM), France


‘A good reference for graduate students and practictioners of mechanics of laminated composites’ — Applied Mechanics Review