SAE, Composites Material Handbook-17 to collaborate on next release

SAE International and the Composite Materials Handbook 17 organization have entered into an agreement for publishing the initial release of next edition of the Composites Material Handbook, known as "CMH-17."

SAE International (Warrendale, Pa., USA) and the Composite Materials Handbook 17 (Wichita, Kan., USA) organization reported on June 27 that they have entered into an exclusive agreement for publishing the initial release of the “Composite Materials Handbook,” referred to as “CMH-17.” The handbook will be produced in print, electronic and DVD formats.

The handbook is a six-volume engineering reference tool, previously known as MIL-HDBK-17, that contains more than 1,000 records of the latest test data for polymer matrix (Volumes 1, 2, and 3), metal matrix (Volume 4), ceramic matrix (Volume 5) and structural sandwich (Volume 6) composites.

“We are pleased to be working together with CMH-17 through Wichita State University to publish and market this next generation of the Composite Materials Handbook,” Kevin Jost, editorial director, SAE International, says. “The handbook has proven to be a valuable resource for aerospace engineers over the years, and we look forward to making it available to SAE International members and beyond.”

“CMH-17” has been developed over many years by an international consortium of leading engineering organizations. It constitutes an overview of the field of composites technology and engineering, which is advancing and changing rapidly. As a result, “CMH-17” will continue to evolve to reflect advances in technology. For this new edition (Revision G), several chapters were reorganized, several chapters were edited to reflect updated technology and new content was added.

“The latest revision of CMH-17 includes ten years of new data and updates,” says John Tomblin, executive director of Wichita State University’s National Institute for Aviation Research. “It is a highly valuable tool for any aircraft composite development program, and we are pleased to be working with SAE to make it available to a mass market.”

The primary purpose of the handbook is the standardization of engineering methodologies related to testing, data reduction, and reporting of property data for current and emerging composite materials. It is used by engineers worldwide in designing and fabricating products made from composite materials, particularly in the aerospace industry.