Integrated Design and Manufacture Using Fibre-Reinforced Polymeric Composites

1st Edition

Editors: M J Owen V Middleton I A Jones
Hardcover ISBN: 9781855734531
eBook ISBN: 9781855738874
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 19th June 2000
Page Count: 416
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Table of Contents

Part 1 Materials and processes: Fibres for thermosetting FRP; Thermosetting resins; Moulding processes for thermosetting FRP; Design and process interactions in reinforced thermoplastics; Tooling. Part 2 Applications: Hand lamination for a light aircraft structure; The application of GRP in the water treatment industry; Vacuum infusion: Cost-effective closed mould processing to meet the challenges of the styrene issue; Material selection for ‘Formula 1’ structures; Automotive composite components; A low-investment cost composites high roof for the Ford Transit van; Filament winding; Composite bonding with particular reference to large structures and unprepared surfaces. Part 3 Design concepts and methods: Design concepts for continuous fibre composites; Design codes for composite structures; Finite element analysis of composites; Orientation in injection-moulded fibre-reinforced thermoplastics.


This very practical book is intended to show how composites are increasingly being used in real-world applications in areas where the primary material choice in the past would have been exclusively metals-based. A series of in-depth case studies examiines the design processes involved in putting together aircraft fuselages, Formua 1 cars, Transit van roofs, infrastructure systems for water treatment and storage and many other novel applications for FRCs. It shows how an awareness of engineering properties needs to be built into the design process at an early stage.

It is essential for professionals in, and newcomers to, the FRP industry; executives in engineering and manufacturing who are considering using FRPs in place of more traditional materials; students in materials science and engineering.


Executives in engineering and manufacturing who are considering using fiber-reinforced polymers in place of more traditional materials; students in materials science and engineering


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An excellent and timely work which should be of help to everyone in the world of practical composites., Materials World

About the Editors

M J Owen Editor

Mike Owen was Professor of Reinforced Plastics at the University of Nottingham, UK until his recent retirement. He has collaborated with leading companies on the interrelation of material properties processing and prototype product delopment in reinforced plastics.

V Middleton Editor

Vic Middleton is Professor of Engineering Design at the University of Nottingham. He specialises in the applications of composites and the associated design processes.

I A Jones Editor

Arthur Jones is Senior Lecturer in the School of Mechanical, Materials, Manufacturing Engineering and Management at the University of Nottingham.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Nottingham, UK