Rapid Cure Composites

Rapid Cure Composites

Materials, Processing and Manufacturing

1st Edition - February 1, 2023

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  • Editors: Nishar Hameed, Mazhar Peerzada, Nisa Salim, Jyotishkumar Parameswaranpillai
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323983372

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Rapid Cure Composites: Materials, Processing and Manufacturing presents up-to-date information on the design criteria to formulate matrix systems for rapid curing. Emphasis is placed on the role different materials [resin compound and fiber reinforcement] play in developing fast curing composites, assessment of current and novel manufacturing techniques for adapting fast curing processes, the comparison between conventional curing and rapid curing, and different applications in various industrial sectors [e.g., aerospace, automotive, renewables and marine]. The book will be an essential reference resource for academic and industrial researchers working in the field of composite materials, processing and manufacturing organizations, materials scientists, and more. Polymer composites are widely used in several industries, including aerospace, automobile, spray and coatings, and electronics due to their lightweight and superior mechanical properties. However, one of the dominant hurdles towards their growth in commercial industries is the long curing cycle and slow production.

Key Features

  • Comprehensively addresses the scientific and technological development of rapid cured epoxy composites
  • Covers, in detail, the chemistry, processing, structure and performance of rapid cured epoxy composites
  • Provides detailed comparisons of how/why rapid cure composites are different to conventional composites
  • Discusses the challenges of the existing technology and future trends


Academic and industrial researchers working in the field of composite materials, processing and manufacturing organizations, materials scientists, polymer engineers, chemists and technologists; Postgraduate students

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction
    2. Synthesis and advances in rapid curing resins
    3. Important curing agents used for rapid curing
    4. Characterization of rapid curing resins
    5. Cure kinetics and modelling of rapid cure resin systems
    6. Fabrication methods of rapid cured composites
    7. Effect of rapid curing on the structure of polymer composites
    8. Effect of radiation treatment on the structure of polymer composites
    9. Monitoring techniques to measure the rapid curing of polymer composites
    10. Joining of composite using rapid cure resin systems
    11. Self-healing composites using rapid cure resin systems 
    12. Cross-linking problems during rapid curing of polymer composites
    13. Characterization of rapid cured composite materials
    14. Rapid cure composites used in Electronics Industry
    15. Rapid cure composites used in Aerospace Industry
    16. Rapid cure composites used in Automobiles Industry
    17. Rapid cure composites used in Spray and Paints Industry
    18. Key challenges and prospects of rapid cure composites material production

Product details

  • No. of pages: 600
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Woodhead Publishing 2023
  • Published: February 1, 2023
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323983372

About the Editors

Nishar Hameed

Nishar Hameed completed his PhD at Deakin University, Australia winning the Best Doctoral Thesis Award followed by an Alfred Deakin Post Doc Fellowship. His research is focused on the novel and faster processing of next generation 'smart' polymers and composite materials. He has published more than 100 high impact journal papers, 6 book chapters, 3 edited books and 2 patents. He was invited to edit the first ever Handbook on Epoxy Blends which was published in two volumes in 2017. His achievements include many “firsts” in the field, inspiring many follow-up studies. Nishar recently developed a new method to produce flexible, toughened, and fast cure resins that can be integrated to make formable and rapid cure fibre reinforced composites, concrete preforms and graphene nanocomposites. His research has also led to the development of a new, environmentally friendly processing route to make plastic films and fibres from natural polymers (cellulose, wool, silk) and biomass.

Affiliations and Expertise

Smart Materials Lab, Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorne, Australia

Mazhar Peerzada

Mazhar Peerzada did his Ph.D. in polymer composite materials from the University of Manchester, UK. He has a broad range of teaching experience and is a leading principal investigator of the Technical Textile Research Group, and a member of the Textile Composites Research Group at the University of Manchester, UK, and the Textile Composite Material Research Group, Pakistan. Currently, he is working on national and international research projects related to polymer composite materials and protective textiles. He has published several articles in well-reputed and peer-reviewed international research journals and has presented his work at various international and national conferences. He has also authored and co-authored several book chapters and edited books.

Affiliations and Expertise

Reaserch Fellow, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Product Design, Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorne, Australia

Nisa Salim

Nisa Salem received her PhD from Deakin University in 2013 in materials engineering. Nisa’s research is mainly focused on advanced carbon materials and functional fibres. She has published over 40 high impact journal papers, 1 book (in preparation), and 3 book chapters even with a career interruption of almost 3 years. Nisa has won many awards in her research career including AINSE Gold Medal for outstanding PhD and Smart Geelong Early Researcher award, Victoria Fellowship, Endeavour Fellowship, Alfred Deakin Fellowship and many more even with a career break of more than 2 years. Nisa’s vision is to develop multifunctional materials that are enablers for digitalization and the internet of things – living materials that sense, actuate and harvest energy.

Affiliations and Expertise

Reaserch Fellow, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Product Design, Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorne, Australia

Jyotishkumar Parameswaranpillai

Jyotishkumar Parameswaranpillai received his PhD in Polymer Science and Technology (Chemistry) from Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala, India. He has published more than 100 papers, in high quality international peer reviewed journals on polymer nanocomposites, polymer blends, and biopolymers, and has edited 10 books. He has received numerous awards and recognitions including prestigious KMUTNB best researcher award 2019, Kerala State Award for the Best Young Scientist 2016 and INSPIRE Faculty Award 2011.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor, Department of Science, Faculty of Science and Technology, Alliance University, Karnataka, India

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