This study covers impact response, damage tolerance and failure of fibre-reinforced composite materials and structures. Materials development, analysis and prediction of structural behaviour and cost-effective design all have a bearing on the impact response of composites and this book brings together for the first time the most comprehensive and up-to-date research work from leading international experts.

Key Features

  • State of the art analysis of impact response, damage tolerance and failure of FRC materials
  • Distinguished contributors provide expert analysis of the most recent materials and structures
  • Valuable tool for R&D engineers, materials scientists and designers


R&D engineers, materials scientists and designers

Table of Contents

Impact behaviour of fibre-reinforced composites; Recent developments in impact damage assessment of fibre composites; Modelling impact of composite structures using small specimens; Impact damage – tolerant composite structural design; Damage resistance and tolerance of thick laminated woven roving GFRP plates subjected to low-velocity impact; Elastic impact stress analysis of composite plates and cylinders; Impact behaviour and analysis of CFRP laminated plates; Perforation of FRP laminates and sandwich panels subjected to missile impact; High velocity impact damage to polymer matrix composites.


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Woodhead Publishing
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About the editors

S. R. Reid

S. R. Reid is the Conoco Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST).

G Zhou

Dr Gang Zhou is Lecturer in the Department of Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering at Loughborough University.

Affiliations and Expertise

Loughborough University, UK