Description

• 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.

Readership

Materials engineers; manufacturing engineers; design engineers; structural engineers; mechanical and chemical engineers; production supervisors and consultants.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 - Introduction to Composite Materials and Processes
Laminates
Fibers
Matrices
Product Forms
Overview of Fabrication Processes
Advantages and Disadvantages of Composites
Applications
Summary
Acknowledgement
References

Chapter 2 - Fibers and Reinforcements
Fiber Terminology
Glass Fibers
Aramid Fibers
Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE) Fibers
Carbon and Graphite Fibers
Woven Fabrics
Reinforced Mats
Chopped Fibers
Prepreg Manufacturing
Summary
References

Chapter 3 - Thermoset Resins
Thermosets
Polyester Resins
Epoxy Resins
Bismaleimide Resins
Cyanate Ester Resins
Polyimide Resins
Phenolic Resins
Toughening Approaches
Physiochemical Characterization and Quality Control
Chemical Testing
Rheological Testing
Thermal Analysis
Glass Transition Temperature
Summary
References

Chapter 4 - Cure Tooling
General Considerations
Thermal Management
Tool Fabrication
Summary
References

Chapter 5 - Ply Collation
Prepreg Control
Tool Preparation
Manual LayUp
Ply Collation
Flat Ply Collation and Vacuum Forming
Automated Tape Laying
Filament Winding
Fibe

Details

No. of pages:
532
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 2003
Published:
Imprint:
Elsevier Science
eBook ISBN:
9780080510989
Print ISBN:
9781856174152
Print ISBN:
9780444551726

About the editor

Flake Campbell Jr

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Technical Fellow at the Boeing Phantom Works in Missouri, USA.

Reviews

• 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.