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Introduction to Composite Materials Design
by Ever J. Barbero

List Price: $70.00
Library Binding - 352 pages 
(November 1, 1998)
Taylor & Francis; ISBN: 1560327014

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A text for a one-semester, senior-level course for engineering students with no prior knowledge of composites. Applies structural analysis and design concepts learned earlier in the curriculum, such as the strength of materials, are used to illustrated the design of composite beams, plates, and shells. Emphasizes concepts rather than mathematical derivations, and applies design content throughout the coverage rather than relegating them to appendices. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Book Description

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. The emphasis of the book is on practicality and design, not only through numerical examples, but also through explanations of the material. Incorporated throughout this book are modern analysis and design methodology, as well as special design-oriented sections and numerous examples. At the end of each chapter, suggested exercises are included to test the understanding of the material presented. Software, entitled Computer Aided Design Environment for Composites CADEC, is included which will allow for easy calculation of design equations.

Book Info

Emphasizes the practicality of design, not only through numerical examples, but also through explanations of the material. Provides the main tools used for preliminary design of composites, & covers all design aspects. DLC: Composite materials - Mechanical properties.

The author, Dr. Ever J. Barbero, ebarbero@wvu.edu , March 18, 1999
Why you should learn/teach Composites Design from this book.
As a graduate student I learned "mechanics" of composite materials after mastering subjects such as "Continuum Mechanics", "Elasticity" and so on. Then, as and Assistant Professor, I tried to teach a technical elective to fourth-year undergraduates (AE, ME, and CE). My first problem was to teach to an audience with knowledge reaching only to "Strength of Materials" and a variety of "structural design" courses. I wasn't able to find any "composites" book that did not start with "fourth-order tensors" and the like; unless the coverage was very shallow throughout. You want a textbook that builds upon student's knowledge from earlier courses on mechanics, namely from books such as "Beer & Johnston's Mechanics of Materials" and so on. Then, my undergraduate students demanded that I taught them to DESIGN with composites. After all, these are students going straight into industry jobs. Once again, I was at a loss trying to find a book that covered the basics of "composites" and went all the way to actually design of a beam, a plate, and a pressure vessel. The result of my nine-year struggle is "Introduction to Composite Materials Design." Here you will find a logical, sequential introduction to composite materials; from materials (fibers and resin), to fabrication, to mechanics, to design. You will also find industry-accepted design tools such as "carpet plots", "truncated-max-strain criterion", and more, all of which are extensively illustrated with examples. To top all that you get CADEC, a seamless, windows-based computer program to help you and the students along the way. The book has 50 examples and 115 class-tested exercises, which should help self-study by practicing engineers too.

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