Description

Given such properties as low density and high strength, polymer matrix composites have become a widely used material in the aerospace and other industries. Polymer matrix composites and technology provides a helpful overview of these materials, their processing and performance.

After an introductory chapter, part one reviews the main reinforcement and matrix materials used as well as the nature of the interface between them. Part two discusses forming and molding technologies for polymer matrix composites. The final part of the book covers key aspects of performance, including tensile, compression, shear and bending properties as well as impact, fatigue and creep behaviour.

Polymer matrix composites and technology provides both students and those in industry with a valuable introduction to and overview of this important class of materials.

Key Features

  • Provides a helpful overview of these materials, their processing and performance incorporating naming and classification of composite materials
  • Reviews the main reinforcement and matrix materials used as well as the nature of the interface between them including damage mechanisms
  • Discusses forming and molding technologies for polymer matrix composites outlining various techniques and technologies

Readership

Students and those in industry

Table of Contents

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Preface

Chapter 1: Introduction to polymer matrix composites

1.1 Introduction

1.2 The definition of composite materials

1.3 Naming and classification of composite materials

1.4 Molding methods of composite materials

1.5 Characteristics of composite materials

1.6 Application of composite materials

1.7 The progress of composite materials

1.8 The important role of composite materials in the 21st century

Exercises

Part I: Component materials

Chapter 2: Reinforced materials

2.1 Introduction

2.2 Glass fiber

2.3 Carbon fiber

2.4 Aramid

2.5 Other reinforced fibers

Exercises

Chapter 3: Matrix materials

3.1 Overview

3.2 Basic properties of matrix materials

3.3 Technological properties of matrix materials

3.4 Matrix resin of composites

3.5 High performance resin matrix

3.6 Resin matrix used for corrosion-resistant composites

Exercises

Chapter 4: Interface of polymer matrix composites

4.1 The basic concept of interface

4.2 The formation and action mechanism of interface

4.3 Damage mechanism of interface

4.4 Surface treatment of fiber

4.5 Study on composite interface

Exercises

Part II: Processing of composite materials

Chapter 5: Fabrication of the half-finished products for polymer composites

5.1 The manufacturing method of thermoplastic granules

5.2 The manufacturing of thermosetting molding compound

5.3 Manufacturing method of continuous fiber prepregs for molding composites

5.4 Manufacturing of reinforced thermoplastic sheet

Exercises

Chapter 6: Forming technology of polymer matrix composites

6.1 Overview

6.2 Brief introduction of various molding techniques

6.3 Mold and auxiliary materials

Details

No. of pages:
568
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 2011
Published:
Imprint:
Woodhead Publishing
Electronic ISBN:
9780857092229
Print ISBN:
9780857092212
Print ISBN:
9780081017241

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