Polymer Composites in the Aerospace Industry, Second Edition, summarizes the latest research and developments on the design, manufacture and performance of composite components for aerospace structures. Sections cover the modeling, structure and behavior of 2D and 3D woven composites, the manufacture processes used for composite materials and components, buckling and compressive strength of laminates and manufacturing defects in composite materials, aspects of composite performance in aerospace structural design, including chapters on modeling stiffness and strength of structural elements, fatigue under uniaxial and multiaxial loads, fracture mechanics, impact strength and fatigue, crashworthiness, design and failure analysis of bolted joints, and much more.
This updated edition is an essential reference resource for engineers, scientists and designers working in the development of composite materials in aerospace applications.
- Presents detailed discussions on the design, modeling and analysis of conventional and advanced polymer composites used in aerospace applications
- Provides an in-depth understanding of the performance parameters of aerospace composites, such as strength, stiffness and fatigue, impact and blast resistance
- Includes significant developments that have occurred since 2015 (in production and manufacturing, fatigue modeling, test standards, adhesive bonding and repair and service techniques)
- Features a brand new section on design applications, including helicopter components, fixed wing landing gear, aircraft wings and fuselage
1. Introduction: engineering requirements for aerospace composite materials
Part One. Design and manufacture of composite components for aerospace structures 2. Modelling the structure and behaviour of 2D and 3D woven composites used in aerospace applications 3. Manufacturing processes for composite materials and components for aerospace applications 4. Buckling and compressive strength of laminates with optimized fibre-steering and layer-stacking for aerospace applications 5. Manufacturing defects in composites and their effects on performance
Part Two. Composite performance in aerospace structure design 6. Modeling the stiffness and strength of aerospace structural elements 7. Fatigue of fiber reinforced composites under multiaxial loading 8. Fracture mechanics characterization of polymer composites for aerospace applications 9. Impact, post-impact strength and post-impact fatigue behaviour of polymer composites 10. Design and testing of crashworthy aerospace composite components 11. Design and failure analysis of composite bolted joints for aerospace composites 12. The response of aerospace composites to temperature and humidity 13. The blast response of composite and fibre-metal laminate materials used in aerospace applications 14. Repair of damaged aerospace composite structures 15. Nondestructive testing of damage in aerospace composites 16. Structural health monitoring (SHM) of aerospace composites
Professor of Damage Tolerance in the Manufacturing and Materials Department at the University of Cranfield, UK. He has worked in collaboration with many key companies and organizations in the aerospace industry providing specialist knowledge and expertise.
Professor Soutis is Chair of Aeorspace Engineering, Director of the Aeorspace Research Institute and director of the Northwest Composites Centre (NCCEF) at Manchester University.