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Composite Materials : Science and Engineering / von Krishan K. Chawla


This updated and enlarged third edition of a widely used text offers an integrated and completely up-to-date coverage of composite materials. Focusing on the relationship between structure and properties, it provides a well-balanced treatment of the mechanics and the materials science of composites, while not neglecting the importance of processing. The book has been revised and updated throughout, with new chapters on fatigue and creep of composites. The text presents a detailed description of how the various reinforcements (such as, glass, polyethylene, aramid, carbon), the materials in which they are embedded (ceramics, metals, polymers), and of the interfaces between them, control the properties of the composite materials at both the micro- and macro-levels. Extensive use is made of micrographs and line drawings to emphasize the importance of of processing, microstructure, and properties in composite materials. Examples of practical applications in various fields are given throughout the book, and extensive references to the literature are provided.

The book is intended for use in graduate and upper-division undergraduate courses, but practicing engineers and researchers in industry and academia will also find it a useful reference. The third edition has been thoroughly updated and has a vast amount of new material, including plenty of new exercises and illustrations.