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Focusing on the relationship between structure and properties, this is a well-balanced treatment of the mechanics and the materials science of composites, while not neglecting the importance of processing. This updated second edition contains new chapters on fatigue and creep of composites, and describes in detail how the various reinforcements, the materials in which they are embedded, and of the interfaces between them, control the properties of the composite materials at both the micro- and macro-levels. Extensive use is made of micrographs and line drawings, and examples of practical applications in various fields are given throughout the book, together with extensive references to the literature. Intended for use in graduate and upper-division undergraduate courses, this book will also prove a useful reference for practising engineers and researchers in industry and academia.
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Krishan Chawla is a Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is a Fellow of ASM International, Editor of International Materials Reviews, and has worked at various institutions in the Americas and Europe. He has authored several others texts and won numerous awards for his research and teaching.Review:
From the reviews: "... Well-organized, up-to-date, informative ... filled with useful tables, graphs, references, suggested readings, and illustrations. The book is well designed for its intended market ..." American Scientist From reviews of the first edition: "covers polymer, metal, and ceramic matrix composites in a well-organized, up-to-date manner. It is filled with useful tables, graphs, references, suggested readings and illustrations." -- American Scientist "Overall, this is an excellent book for composite materials research. It can be used as a text book for undergraduate seniors,... and as a reference book for engineers." -- Applied Mechanics Review MRS BULLETIN "Prof. Chawla has attempted the formidable task of including essentially all types of fiber composite materials and their properties in a single text. By employing an economic writing style and carefully selected references, figures, and suggested readings, he has successfully produced a relatively short but thorough 292-page book...Clear, concise, and complete, this book is an excellent up-to-date introduction to fiber composite materials. I would recommend it for a first course in composite materials at the advanced undergraduate or first-year graduate level. It is also valuable for the practicing engineer or scientist who wishes to become familiar with the growing field of fiber composites.” SAMPE JOURNAL "Readers will find this valuable text to be current, well-written and lucid. In addition each chapter contains many references and suggested reading material.” IEEE ELECTRICAL INSULATION MAGAZINE "This book covers thoroughly the broad base of composites. The book is divided into three parts and twelve chapters, plus a very useful set of appendices and problems.” CHOICE MAGAZINE "...he uses a conversational style often more intuitive than that used in other works...useful as a course supplement, or as a resource for students already exposed to the subject via a more traditional approach...In summary, a valuable addition to an undergraduate library collection.”
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