Polymer Composites in the Aerospace Industry

Polymer Composites in the Aerospace Industry

2nd Edition - November 26, 2019

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  • Editors: P. E. Irving, C. Soutis
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081027349
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081026793

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Polymer Composites in the Aerospace Industry, Second Edition, summarizes the latest research and developments on the design, manufacture and performance of composite components for aerospace structures. Sections cover the modeling, structure and behavior of 2D and 3D woven composites, the manufacture processes used for composite materials and components, buckling and compressive strength of laminates and manufacturing defects in composite materials, aspects of composite performance in aerospace structural design, including chapters on modeling stiffness and strength of structural elements, fatigue under uniaxial and multiaxial loads, fracture mechanics, impact strength and fatigue, crashworthiness, design and failure analysis of bolted joints, and much more. This updated edition is an essential reference resource for engineers, scientists and designers working in the development of composite materials in aerospace applications.

Key Features

  • Presents detailed discussions on the design, modeling and analysis of conventional and advanced polymer composites used in aerospace applications
  • Provides an in-depth understanding of the performance parameters of aerospace composites, such as strength, stiffness and fatigue, impact and blast resistance
  • Includes significant developments that have occurred since 2015 (in production and manufacturing, fatigue modeling, test standards, adhesive bonding and repair and service techniques)
  • Features a brand new section on design applications, including helicopter components, fixed wing landing gear, aircraft wings and fuselage


Scientists and engineers and designers working with aerospace applications, polymer science, mechanical engineering and textile science

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction: engineering requirements for aerospace composite materials

    Part One. Design and manufacture of composite components for aerospace structures
    2. Modelling the structure and behaviour of 2D and 3D woven composites used in aerospace applications
    3. Manufacturing processes for composite materials and components for aerospace applications
    4. Buckling and compressive strength of laminates with optimized fibre-steering and layer-stacking for aerospace applications
    5. Manufacturing defects in composites and their effects on performance

    Part Two. Composite performance in aerospace structure design
    6. Modeling the stiffness and strength of aerospace structural elements
    7. Fatigue of fiber reinforced composites under multiaxial loading
    8. Fracture mechanics characterization of polymer composites for aerospace applications
    9. Impact, post-impact strength and post-impact fatigue behaviour of polymer composites
    10. Design and testing of crashworthy aerospace composite components
    11. Design and failure analysis of composite bolted joints for aerospace composites
    12. The response of aerospace composites to temperature and humidity
    13. The blast response of composite and fibre-metal laminate materials used in aerospace applications
    14. Repair of damaged aerospace composite structures
    15. Nondestructive testing of damage in aerospace composites
    16. Structural health monitoring (SHM) of aerospace composites

Product details

  • No. of pages: 688
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Woodhead Publishing 2019
  • Published: November 26, 2019
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081027349
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081026793

About the Editors

P. E. Irving

Professor of Damage Tolerance in the Manufacturing and Materials Department at the University of Cranfield, UK. He has worked in collaboration with many key companies and organizations in the aerospace industry providing specialist knowledge and expertise.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Damage Tolerance, Manufacturing and Materials Department, University of Cranfield, UK

C. Soutis

Professor Soutis is Chair of Aeorspace Engineering, Director of the Aeorspace Research Institute and director of the Northwest Composites Centre (NCCEF) at Manchester University.

Affiliations and Expertise

School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering and the Aerospace Research Institute, University of Manchester, UK

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