Description

Reinforcements are an integral part of all composites and the quality and performance of the composite can be optimised by modelling the type and structure of the reinforcement before moulding. Composite reinforcements for optimum performance reviews the materials, properties and modelling techniques used in composite production and highlights their uses in optimising performance.

Part one covers materials for reinforcements in composites, including chapters on fibres, carbon nanotubes and ceramics as reinforcement materials. In part two, different types of structures for reinforcements are discussed, with chapters covering woven and braided reinforcements, three-dimensional fibre structures and two methods of modelling the geometry of textile reinforcements: WiseTex and TexGen. Part three focuses on the properties of composite reinforcements, with chapters on topics such as in-plane shear properties, transverse compression, bending and permeability properties. Finally, part four covers characterising and modelling of reinforcements in composites, with chapters focusing on such topics as microscopic and mesoscopic approaches, X-ray tomography analysis and modelling reinforcement forming processes.

With its distinguished editor and international team of contributors, Composite reinforcements for optimum performance is an essential reference for designers and engineers in the composite and composite reinforcement manufacturing industry, as well as all those with an academic research interest in the subject.

Key Features

  • Reviews the materials, properties and modelling techniques used in composite production and highlights their uses in performance optimisation
  • Covers materials for reinforcements in composites, including fibres, carbon nanotubes and ceramics
  • Discusses characterising and modelling of reinforcements in composites, focusing on such topics as microscopic and mesoscopic approaches, X-ray tomography analysis and modelling reinforcement forming processes

Readership

Designers and engineers in the composite and composite reinforcement manufacturing industry, as well as all those with an academic research interest in the subject.

Table of Contents

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Part I: Materials for reinforcements in composites

Chapter 1: Fibres for composite reinforcement: properties and microstructures

Abstract:

1.1 Introduction

1.2 Fineness, units, flexibility and strength

1.3 Comparison of materials

1.4 Organic fibres

1.5 Glass fibres

1.6 Chemical vapour deposition (CVD) monofilaments

1.7 Carbon fibres

1.8 Small-diameter ceramic fibres

1.9 Conclusions

Chapter 2: Carbon nanotube reinforcements for composites

Abstract:

2.1 Carbon nanotubes (CNTs)

2.2 Carbon nanotube (CNT) polymer composites

2.3 Performance and applications

Chapter 3: Ceramic reinforcements for composites

Abstract:

3.1 Introduction

3.2 Ceramic fibers: general features

3.3 Fracture strength: statistical features

3.4 Mechanical behavior at high temperatures

3.5 Fiber–matrix interfaces: influence on mechanical behavior

3.6 Mechanical behavior of composites: influence of fibers and interfaces

3.7 Conclusion

Part II: Structures for reinforcements in composites

Chapter 4: Woven reinforcements for composites

Abstract:

4.1 Introduction: from the beginning of weaving to technical applications

4.2 Technology description

4.3 Woven fabric definitions

4.4 Applications for composite reinforcements

4.5 Conclusion and future trends

4.6 Acknowledgement

Chapter 5: Braided reinforcements for composites

Abstract:

5.1 Introduction

5.2 Fundamentals of braiding

5.3 Braiding technologies for preforming

5.4 Key parameters for using braiding machines

5.5 Characteristics and properties of braided textiles

5.6 Mandrel technologies

5.7 Further processing

5.8 Typical applications

5.9 Limitations and d

Details

No. of pages:
704
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 2011
Published:
Imprint:
Woodhead Publishing
eBook ISBN:
9780857093714
Print ISBN:
9781845699659
Print ISBN:
9780081016794

About the editor

Philippe Boisse

Philippe Boisse is Professor of Mechanical Engineering at INSA Lyon, France. He is President of the French Association for Composite Materials AMAC.

Affiliations and Expertise

LaMCoS Laboratory, INSA de Lyon, France