CONTENTS
 1 MATERIALS
 Resins:- Polyester, Vinyl ester
 Reinforcements:-
 Glass, Carbon, Aramid
 Non Crimp Fabrics
 Release Agents
 Catalysts

2 Properties
Mechanical:- Strength, Stiffness, Fatigue, Creep, Impact
 Physical:- Fire, Thermal Expansion
Environmental: - Temperature effects, corrosion resistance and moisture effects

3 Processes
 Process Descriptions
 Process Characterisation Charts
 Materials Related To Process

4 Construction Analysis
 Weight / Volume Fraction Conversion
 Composite Density
 Thickness Calculations
 Surface Area Based
 Cross Sectional Area Based
 Compressibility of Reinforcement

5 Property Prediction:-
Elastic, Strength, Physical

6 Design
 Data Sheets
 The Design Process
 Pseudo-isotropic

 Unit Modulus / Unit Strength
 Examples

7 Economics
 The Comparative Performance of Materials
 Process Economics
 Optimum Fibre Content

8 Reference
 Moulders and Fabricators
 Distributors
 Suppliers
 Metric / Imperial Conversions
 Index
The previous editions of ‘Composites - Design Manual’ have enjoyed wide use in the composites industry throughout the World. The fourth Edition is greatly enhanced and continues to include examples in both metric and imperial units.

The essential aspect of the book is practical information for the Engineer, Designer and Specifier to facilitate the design and procurement of GRP, CFRP and ARP composites. It provides product information on specific materials used in Glass fibre, Carbon and Aramid composites. Design, analysis, properties and property prediction are covered in appropriate detail not found elsewhere, with numerous examples. The chapter on economics of composites covers comparative performance of materials, the economics of the various processes and optimum fibre content.
The book doesn’t attempt to be academic, many of the equations could be derived when needed by the engineer but that would be time consuming and open to error. Hence the book collects together all those items of information, data and equations that are needed on a day-to-day basis.


The specifier of composites is also catered for as the book allows an increased understanding of what is possible and sensible, thus avoiding the specification of a property or shape that may be uneconomic.
It has over 160 tables and figures and numerous examples to make life easier for those involved with the practicalities of composites.

Laminate analysis is specifically excluded as it would require a book to itself and is well covered in several very good texts. Nevertheless the user of laminate analysis will find this book a powerful aid to the design process.