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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Woodhead Publishing
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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.


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