1. Polymer Composites

  1. James K. Wessel Editor in chief
  1. John Shaffer1,†,
  2. Theodore P. Philippidis2,‡ and
  3. Anastasios P. Vassilopoulos2,§

Published Online: 8 JUN 2004

DOI: 10.1002/0471465186.ch1

Handbook of Advanced Materials: Enabling New Designs

Handbook of Advanced Materials: Enabling New Designs

How to Cite

Shaffer, J., Philippidis, T. P. and Vassilopoulos, A. P. (2004) Polymer Composites, in Handbook of Advanced Materials: Enabling New Designs (ed J. K. Wessel), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/0471465186.ch1

Editor Information

  1. Wessel & Associates, 127 Westview Lane, Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37830, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    Oak Ridge National Laboratory, P.O. Box 2009, Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831, USA

  2. 2

    University of Patras, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics, Patras, Greece

  1. Sections 1.1–1.7

  2. Sections 1.8–1.13

  3. §

    Sections 1.8–1.13

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 8 JUN 2004
  2. Published Print: 16 APR 2004

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780471454755

Online ISBN: 9780471465188

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Keywords:

  • polymer;
  • composites;
  • fiber;
  • carbon fiber;
  • graphite fiber;
  • matrix;
  • reinforcing material;
  • aircraft;
  • S-glass;
  • epoxy;
  • corrosion;
  • aramid;
  • engineered materials;
  • automotive;
  • construction;
  • sporting goods;
  • resins;
  • thermoplastic;
  • thermoset;
  • phenolic;
  • bismaleimide;
  • cyanate;
  • prepregs;
  • cloth;
  • braids;
  • design options;
  • laminate;
  • testing;
  • mechanical properties;
  • ASTM;
  • nondestructive testing;
  • tape layup;
  • filament winding;
  • transfer molding;
  • injection molding;
  • pultrusion;
  • assembly;
  • joining;
  • fatigue

Summary

This chapter describes composites containing a polymer matrix and fiber reinforcement. The author presents design methods permitting the designer to benefits from this materials unique properties. He also provides the properties of the various combinations of polymer and fiber, testing, nondestructive evaluation techniques, environmental performance and fabrication methods. He also describes trends and anticipated future polymer based composites. The chapter ends with an extensive description of design methods concerning fatigue of glass fiber reinforced composites under complex stress.