Polymer Composites in the Aerospace Industry

1st Edition

Editors: Phil E Costas Soutis
Hardcover ISBN: 9780857095237
eBook ISBN: 9780857099181
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 30th June 2014
Page Count: 536
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Polymer composites are increasingly used in aerospace applications due to properties such as strength and durability compared to weight. Edited by two leading authorities in the field, this book summarises key recent research on design, manufacture and performance of composite components for aerospace structures. Part one reviews the design and manufacture of different types of composite component. Part two discusses aspects of performance such as stiffness, strength, fatigue, impact and blast behaviour, response to temperature and humidity as well as non-destructive testing and monitoring techniques.

Table of Contents

  • Related titles
  • List of contributors
  • Woodhead Publishing Series in Composites Science and Engineering
  • Introduction: engineering requirements for aerospace composite materials
    • 1.1. Introduction
    • 1.2. Analysis and design
    • 1.3. Manufacturing techniques
    • 1.4. Applications in aircraft construction
    • 1.5. Conclusion
  • 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
      • 2.1. Introduction
      • 2.2. Architecture of a woven unit cell
      • 2.3. Stiffness modelling: method of inclusions
      • 2.4. Stress and strength modelling: finite element (FE) analysis
      • 2.5. Conclusion
    • 3. Manufacturing processes for composite materials and components for aerospace applications
      • 3.1. Introduction
      • 3.2. Key property and process requirements
      • 3.3. Prepreg/autoclave processes
      • 3.4. Filament winding
      • 3.5. Automated prepreg processes: automated fibre placement and automated tape layup
      • 3.6. Resin-infusion processes
      • 3.7. Process monitoring
      • 3.8. Conclusions
    • 4. Buckling and compressive strength of laminates with optimized fibre-steering and layer-stacking for aerospace applications
      • 4.1. Introduction
      • 4.2. Elastic properties of laminates
      • 4.3. Buckling analysis
      • 4.4. Buckling optimization of straight fibre laminates
      • 4.5. Variable angle fibres using continuous tow shearing
      • 4.6. Compression after impact and damage tolerance
      • 4.7. Conclusion
    • 5. Manufacturing defects in composites and their effects on performance
      • 5.1. Introduction
      • 5.2. Defects in composite materials
      • 5.3. Modelling with defects
      • 5.4. Implications on cost-effective manufacturing


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About the Editor

Phil E

Affiliations and Expertise

Cranfield, UK

Costas Soutis

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Manchester, UK


"...well-written and provides a useful entry point into a large majority of the topics that currently effect design of aerospace structures. As such the book is thoroughly recommended." --The Aeronautical Journal