Composites are versatile engineered materials composed of two or more constituent materials which, when combined, lead to improved properties over the individual components whilst remaining separate on a macroscopic level. Due to their versatility, composite materials are used in a variety of areas ranging from healthcare and civil engineering to spacecraft technology. Composites forming technologies reviews the wealth of research in forming high-quality composite materials.
The book begins with a concise explanation of the forming mechanisms and characterisation for composites, as well as covering modelling and analysis of forming techniques. Further chapters discuss the testing and simulation of composite materials forming. The book also considers forming technologies for various composite material forms including thermoset and thermoplastic prepreg, moulding compounds and composite/metal laminates.
With its distinguished editor and array of international contributors, Composites forming technologies is an essential reference for engineers, researchers and academics involved with the production and use of composite materials.
- Reviews the wealth of research in forming high-quality composite materials
- Includes a concise explanation of the forming mechanisms and charaterisation for composites
- Considers forming technologies for various composite material forms
Composite forming mechanisms and materials characterisation
Constitutive modelling for composite-forming
Finite element analysis of composite-forming
Virtual testing for material formability
Optimisation of composites forming
Simulation of compression moulding to form composites
Understanding composite distortion during processing
Forming technology for composite/metal hybrids
Forming of self-reinforced polymer materials
Forming technology for thermoset composites
Forming technology for thermoplastic composites
The use of draping simulation in composite design
Benchmarking of composite forming modelling techniques.