Description

The growing use of polymer composites is leading to increasing demand for fractographic expertise. Fractography is the study of fracture surface morphologies and it gives an insight into damage and failure mechanisms, underpinning the development of physically-based failure criteria. In composites research it provides a crucial link between predictive models and experimental observations. Finally, it is vital for post-mortem analysis of failed or crashed polymer composite components, the findings of which can be used to optimise future designs.

Failure analysis and fractography of polymer composites covers the following topics: methodology and tools for failure analysis; fibre-dominated failures; delamination-dominated failures; fatigue failures; the influence of fibre architecture on failure; types of defect and damage; case studies of failures due to overload and design deficiencies; case studies of failures due to material and manufacturing defects; and case studies of failures due to in-service factors.

With its distinguished author, Failure analysis and fractography of polymer composites is a standard reference text for researchers working on damage and failure mechanisms in composites, engineers characterising manufacturing and in-service defects in composite structures, and investigators undertaking post-mortem failure analysis of components. The book is aimed at both academic and industrial users, specifically final year and postgraduate engineering and materials students researching composites and industry designers and engineers in aerospace, civil, marine, power and transport applications.

Key Features

  • Examines the study of fracture surface morphologies in uderstanding composite structural behaviour
  • Discusses composites research and post-modern analysis of failed or crashed polymer composite components
  • Provides an overview of damage mechanisms, types of defect and failure criteria

Readership

Researchers working on damage and failure mechanisms in composites; Engineers characterizing manufacturing and in-service defects in composite structures; Investigators undertaking post-mortem failure analysis of components; Industry designers and engineers in aerospace, civil, marine, power and transport applications; Academic and industrial users, specifically final year and postgraduate engineering and materials students researching composites

Table of Contents

Introduction to failure analysis and fractography of polymer composites; Methodology and tools for failure analysis of polymer composites; Fibre-dominated failures in polymer composites; Delamination-dominated failures in polymer composites; Fatigue failures of polymer composites; The influence of fibre architecture in the failure of polymer composites; Defects and damage and their role in the failure of polymer composites; Case studies: Failures of polymer composites due to overload and design deficiencies; Case studies: Failures of polymer composites due to material and manufacturing defects; Case studies: Failures of polymer composites due to in-service factors.

Details

No. of pages:
608
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 2009
Published:
Imprint:
Woodhead Publishing
Electronic ISBN:
9781845696818
Print ISBN:
9781845692179

About the author

Emile Greenhalgh

Dr Emile Greenhalgh works in the Department of Aeronautics at Imperial College London, UK. He is widely renowned for his expertise on the failure mechanics of composite materials.