Durability of Composite Systems

Durability of Composite Systems

1st Edition - August 2, 2020

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  • Editor: Kenneth Reifsnider
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128182604
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128182611

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Durability of Composite Systems meets the challenge of defining these precepts and requirements, from first principles, to applications in a diverse selection of technical fields selected to form a corpus of concepts and methodologies that define the field of durability in composite material systems as a modern discipline. That discipline includes not only the classical rigor of mechanics, physics and chemistry, but also the critical elements of thermodynamics, data analytics, and statistical uncertainty quantification as well as other requirements of the modern subject. This book provides a comprehensive summary of the field, suited to both reference and instructional use. It will be essential reading for academic and industrial researchers, materials scientists and engineers and all those working in the design, analysis and manufacture of composite material systems.

Key Features

  • Makes essential direct and detailed connections to modern concepts and methodologies, such as machine learning, systems controls, sustainable and resilient systems, and additive manufacturing
  • Provides a careful balance between theory and practice so that presentations of details of methodology and philosophy are always driven by a context of applications and examples
  • Condenses selected information regarding the durability of composite materials in a wide spectrum of applications in the automotive, wind energy, civil engineering, medical devices, electrical systems, aerospace and nuclear fields


academic and industrial researchers, materials scientists and engineers working in the design, analysis and manufacture of composite material systems

Table of Contents

  • 1. Durability of Aerospace Material Systems
    2. Durability of Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage Material Systems
    3. Durability of Bonded Composite Systems
    4. Durability of Automotive Composites
    5. Durability of Smart Composite Systems
    6. Durability of Electrical Composite Material Systems
    7. Durability of Additively Manufactured Composite Systems
    8. Role of Uncertainty in the Durability of Composite Material Systems
    9. Durability of Wind Turbine Composite Materials
    10. Durability of Composite Materials for Nuclear Systems
    11. Durability of Civil Engineering Material Systems
    12. Durability of Medical Composite Systems
    13. Foundations for Durability Analysis
    14. Fatigue Durability and Response of Composite Engineering Structures to Combined Fire and Mechanical Loading

Product details

  • No. of pages: 464
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Woodhead Publishing 2020
  • Published: August 2, 2020
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128182604
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128182611

About the Editor

Kenneth Reifsnider

Ken Reifsnider is an expert on advanced material behavior and response, and directs the Institute for Predictive Performance Methodologies at the University of Texas at Arlington Research Center (UTARI). He is a recognized expert in composite materials and high-temperature energy systems. Dr. Reifsnider holds a Presidential Distinguished Professorship at UTA. He previously served as director of the Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Center of Excellence at the University of South Carolina, where he led the States’ effort to develop solid oxide fuel cells for applications in society. In 2004, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering for the development of strength-life prediction relationships in composite materials. He also served two terms as a White House appointee to the U.S. Air Force National Scientific Advisory Board. As a scholar, Dr. Reifsnider has published over 240 articles in refereed journals, several book chapters, and (edited) 11 books. His signature book on "Damage Tolerance and Durability of Composite Material Systems" (Wiley Interscience, 2002) is a foundation for engineers working on composite materials. He has served on the Editorial Boards of six journals, served for ten years as the North American Editor and Editor-in-Chief for the International Journal of Fatigue, is currently Associate Editor of the Journal of Applied Composites, and has served as Associate Editor of the International Journal of Fuel Cell Science and Technology.

Affiliations and Expertise

Institute for Predictive Performance Methodologies and Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington, USA

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