Due to the growing use of composites in such varied industries as automotive and civil engineering, many practicing engineers need to design with composite materials. Written for the upper-level graduate student as well as the practicing engineer, the emphasis of this book is on practicality and design, not only through numerical examples, but also through explanations of the material. Providing the main tools used for preliminary design of composites, this concise text covers all design aspects such as:
* fiber and matrix selection
* fabrication processes
* prediction of material properties
* and structural analysis of beams, plates, shells, and other structures.
Powerful preliminary-design tools, such as "carpet plots," are used in examples throughout the book, and software, entitled Computer Aided Design Environment for Composites (CADEC), is provided which includes all of the design equations.