Damage and failure of composite materials

"Damage and Failure of Composite Materials" is a new book by Ramesh Talreja of Texas A & M University and Chandra Veer Singh of University of Toronto.

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Damage and Failure of Composite Materials is a new book by Ramesh Talreja of Texas A & M University (College Station, Texas) and Chandra Veer Singh of University of Toronto (Toronto, Ontario, Canada). Bringing together materials mechanics and modeling, this book provides a complete guide to damage, fatigue and failure of composite materials. Early chapters focus on the underlying principles governing composite damage, reviewing basic equations and mechanics theory, before describing mechanisms of damage such as cracking, breakage and buckling. In subsequent chapters, the physical mechanisms underlying the formation and progression of damage under mechanical loads are described with ample experimental data, and micro- and macro-level damage models are combined. Finally, fatigue of composite materials is discussed using fatigue-life diagrams. While there is a special emphasis on polymer matrix composites, metal and ceramic matrix composites are also described. Publisher: Cambridge University Press Hardback ISBN: 9780521819428; 314 pages, 171 b/w illus. Price: US$105.00. To order, visit www.cambridge.org/978052181942