Fatigue in Composites: Science and Technology of the Fatigue Response of Fibre-Reinforced Plastics

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Elsevier, Oct 31, 2003 - Technology & Engineering - 768 pages
This major handbook is the first authoritative survey of current knowledge of fatigue behaviour of composites. It deals in detail with a wide range of problems met by designers in the automotive, marine and structural engineering industries. Compiled from the contributions of some of the best-known researchers in the field, it provides an invaluable, practical and encyclopaedic handbook covering recent developments.
  • Comprehensively discusses the problems of fatigue in composites met by designers in the aerospace, marine and structural engineering industries
  • Provides a general introduction on fatigue in composites before reviewing current research on micromechanical aspects
  • Analyses various types of composites with respect to fatigue behaviour and testing and provides in-depth coverage of life-prediction models for constant variable stresses

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Micromechanical aspects of fatigue in composites
Fatigue in different types of composites
Lifeprediction methods for constant stress and variable stress
Fatigue in practical situations

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Professor Bryan Harris graduated in Industrial Metallurgy from the University of Birmingham, subsequently taking a PhD at Cambridge University and a DSc, again from Birmingham. After working in industry for ICI Metals Division in Birmingham, followed by a spell at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft, Connecticut, USA, Professor Harris returned to academia, developing a keen interest in the field of composite materials. In 1976 he was appointed Professor of Materials Science at Bath University where he is now Professor Emeritus. He retains his interest in composite materials, with special emphasis on fatigue, fracture and non-destructive evaluation, but he has also at various times worked on the manufacturing of polymer-, ceramic and metal-matrix composites. From 1984-1999 he was Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Composites Science & Technology. He is currently Materials Consultant for Buro Happold Civil Engineers Ltd.

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