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Reinforcements: Fibers, Whiskers, and Platelets

  1. Michael R. Piggott

Published Online: 15 SEP 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781118097298.weoc215

Wiley Encyclopedia of Composites

Wiley Encyclopedia of Composites

How to Cite

Piggott, M. R. 2011. Reinforcements: Fibers, Whiskers, and Platelets. Wiley Encyclopedia of Composites. 1–6.

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  1. University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 SEP 2011


The origins of the strength of slender forms of materials are described and the choice materials suitable for reinforcement are discussed. The properties of polymer and inorganic fibers are detailed, particularly with respect to their tensile strength, compressive strength, and axial and transverse stiffnesses, together with their thermal conductivities and expansions. Manufacturing processes are also briefly described, as are inorganic whiskers and platelets.


  • tensile strength;
  • compressive strength;
  • axial, transverse, and compressive stiffnesses;
  • thermal conductivities and expansions;
  • polymers, metals, and inorganic compounds