Microstructural Characterisation of Fibre-Reinforced Composites

1st Edition

Editors: John Summerscales
Print ISBN: 9781855732407
eBook ISBN: 9781855737563
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 10th July 1998
Page Count: 336
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Over the last 50 years, great progress has been made in developing artificial fibre-reinforced composite materials, generally using filaments with microscopic diameters. A wide range of reinforcement forms, from random arrays to fully aligned, can be used for commercial applications, with the microstructure being a critical factor in realising the required properties in a material.

This is the first up-to-date review of how to apply advanced microstructural characterisation techniques to fibre-reinforced composites. Each chapter is designed to offer both a stand-alone introduction to its topic and detailed referencing for follow-up research. With contributions from experts from around the world, the book will be an essential reference for materials scientists and research workers in industry and academia alike.

Key Features

  • Comprehensive and up-to-date review of the microstructural features of composites
  • Covers a wide range of microstructure characterisation techniques


Materials scientists and research workers in industry and academia

Table of Contents

Flexible textile composite microscopy; 3-D confocal microscopy of glass fibre-reinforced composites; Geometric modelling of yarn and fibre assemblies; Characterisation of yarn shape in woven fabric composites; Quantitative microstructural analysis for continuous fibre composites; Electron microscopy of polymer composites; Micromechanics of reinforcement using laser Raman spectroscopy; Acoustic microscopy of ceramic fibre composites.


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About the Editor

John Summerscales

John Summerscales is Senior Lecturer in the School of Manufacturing, materials and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Plymouth, UK and a key staff member of the Advanced Composites Manufacturing Centre. He is a Fellow of both the Institute of Materials and the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing and a Professional Member of the Society for the Advancement of Materials and Process Engineering.

Affiliations and Expertise

Advanced Composites Manufacturing Centre, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Polytechnic South West, Plymouth, UK.


An essential reference for materials scientists and research workers in industry and academia., British Journal of Non-Destructive Testing