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• One of very few books available to cover this subject area.
• A practical book with a wealth of detail.
This book covers the major manufacturing processes for polymer matrix composites with an emphasis on continuous fibre-reinforced composites. It covers the major fabrication processes in detail.
Very few books cover the details of fabrication and assembly processes for composites. This book is intended for the engineer who wants to learn more about composite processing: any one with some experience in composites should be able to read it. The author, who has 34 years experience in the aerospace industry, has intentionally left out mathematical models for processes so the book will be readable by the general engineer.
It differs from other books on composites manufacturing in focussing almost solely on manufacturing processes, while not attempting to cover materials, test methods, mechanical properties and other areas of composites.
Materials engineers; manufacturing engineers; design engineers; structural engineers; mechanical and chemical engineers; production supervisors and consultants.
Chapter 1 - Introduction to Composite Materials and Processes
Overview of Fabrication Processes
Advantages and Disadvantages of Composites
Chapter 2 - Fibers and Reinforcements
Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE) Fibers
Carbon and Graphite Fibers
Chapter 3 - Thermoset Resins
Cyanate Ester Resins
Physiochemical Characterization and Quality Control
Glass Transition Temperature
Chapter 4 - Cure Tooling
Chapter 5 - Ply Collation
Flat Ply Collation and Vacuum Forming
Automated Tape Laying
Chapter 6 - Curing
Cure of Epoxy Composites
Theory of Void Formation
Hydrostatic Resin Pressure Studies
Chemical Composition Variables
Net and Low Flow Resin Systems
Resin and Prepreg Variables
Caul Plates and Pressure Intensifiers
Condensation Curing Systems
Residual Curing Stresses
In-Process Cure Monitoring
Chapter 7 - The Interaction of Chemical Composition and Processing on Laminate Quality
Prepreg Physical Properties
Chapter 8 - Adhesive Bonding and Integrally Cocured Structures
Advantages of Adhesive Bonding
Disadvantages of Adhesive Bonding
Theory of Adhesion
Integrally Cocured Structure
Chapter 9 - Liquid Molding
Three-Dimensional Woven Fabrics
Integral Structures Made by Textile Processes
Resin Transfer Molding Defects
Resin Film Infusion
Vacuum Assisted Resin Transfer Molding
Chapter 10 - Thermoplastic Composites
The Case for Thermoplastic Composites
Thermoplastic Composite Matrices
Chapter 11 - Commercial Processes
Structural Reaction Injection Molding
Chapter 12 - Assembly
Trimming and Machining Operations
General Assembly Considerations
Chapter 13 - Nondestructive Inspection and Repair
Appendix A - Metric Conversions
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- © Elsevier Science 2003
- 18th December 2003
- Elsevier Science
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Senior Technical Fellow at the Boeing Phantom Works in Missouri, USA.
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