SME publishes new composites book

The Society of Manufacturing engineers (SME) has released "Fundamentals of Composites Manufacturing: Materials, Methods, and Applications," second edition.

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME, Dearborn, Mich.) announced on Nov. 29 the release of “Fundamentals of Composites Manufacturing: Materials, Methods, and Applications,” second edition. For nearly two decades, students and practitioners have relied on the 1989 edition of this book to learn about the basics of composites manufacturing. This revised and expanded book describes recent advances, adding key information, case studies, and examples intended to broaden knowledge of composites materials and manufacturing methods.

The first focus of this text is on materials. Several major chapters are devoted to describing the basic materials that are put together to create composite structures. Readers will learn about matrix properties; polyesters; epoxies; specialty and high-performance resins; thermoplastics; ceramic and metal matrix composites; reinforcements; reinforcement forms; testing and properties; design; and sandwich structures, joints, and finishing. The book presents information on why composite materials behave the way they do.

Secondly, the book describes composites manufacturing methods, providing tips for getting the best results, weighing material properties against cost and production efficiency. “Fundamentals of Composites Manufacturing” covers the open molding of engineering and advanced composites; compression molding; resin infusion technologies; filament winding and fiber placement; pultrusion; thermoplastic molding; damage prevention and repair; factory issues; the business of composites; and composites applications.

Published by Society of Manufacturing Engineers, 2007; Author A. Brent Strong; Hardcover; ISBN: 9780872638545; Order Code: BK07PUB26; 640 pages; price: $90, SME Member Price: $80. Order online at, or call 800-733-4763 (outside the U.S. & Canada, call +1-313-425-4500). Purchase order or check, mail order request to: Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Resource Center, PO Box 6028, Dearborn, MI, 48121, or fax to +1-313-425-3401.

About the author: A. Brent Strong Ph.D. is a manufacturing engineering technology faculty member at the Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology at Brigham Young University (BYU). Dr. Strong is the founding director of the Advanced Composite Manufacturing and Engineering (ACME) Center, the Creativity Laboratory, the Manufacturing Leadership Forum, and the Rapid Product Realization Center, all at BYU.