Laminar Composites

1st Edition

Authors: George Staab
Print ISBN: 9780123996268
eBook ISBN: 9780080523927
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 2nd June 1999
Page Count: 328
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This text provides students with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills necessary to identify, model, and solve structural analysis problems. The material is illustrated throughout with numerous diagrammatic examples, as well as example problems similar in nature to those found in lower level strength of materials texts. The difficulty of these and the homework problems varies from simple to complex. A solutions manual is provided for lecturers who adopt the book for classroom teaching.

This book mirrors the teaching method used in strength of materials courses taught in the first years of an undergraduate degree and relate this higher level treatment back to that. The author is involved in the development of the latest teaching methods (with McGraw Hill), and his style is straightforward. There is web-mounted software to back up the book's content, plus a solutions manual for instructors. There are approximately 20-30 homework problems per chapter, making a substantial body of material for teaching use.

Key Features

Mirrors the teaching method used in strength of materials courses

Straightforward and user-friendly writing style

Web-mounted software and solutions manual for instructors


Mechanical Engineers - student Materials and Design Engineers Limited Professional Market Classroom adoptions will be possible for 3/4 year undergraduate students and introductory level classes for graduate students Library Market essential: all engineering libraries are potential customers

Table of Contents

Introduction to Composite Materials; Review of Stress, Strain and Material Behavior; Lamina Analysis; Mechanical Test Methods for Lamina Failure Theories; Laminate Analysis; Appendix A - Computer Program Description, B - Fundamentals of Matrices, C - Generalized Transformations, D - Summary of Useful Equations; Glossary


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About the Author

George Staab

Industrial experience with Sikorsky Aircraft. Worked with McGraw-Hill on computer-aided undergraduate teaching materials.

Affiliations and Expertise

Faculty Emeritus, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Ohio State University


'...the well illustrated and detailed coverage of material leading to the comprehensive treatment of laminate analysis should equip the student very adequately.' - Composites Science and Technology 'This modern, useful, well-written, and well-illustrated book is recommended for use by senior undergraduate and graduate students, researchers, and engineers starting their work in the field of composites. A comparatively low price will certainly facilitate purchase of Laminar Composites by individuals and libraries.' - Application Mechanical Review