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Processing of Polymer Matrix Composites


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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction

10.1 Constituents

10.2 Fiber Surface Treatment

10.3 Fiber Volume Fraction

10.4 Fiber Orientation Angle

10.5 Modulus and Strength of Unidirectional Composites

10.6 Laminated Structure

10.7 Thermal Properties

10.8 Manufacturing Processes

10.9 Cost Issues

10.10 References


Chapter 2: Fiber Architecture

2.1 Fiber Forms

2.2 Linear Fiber Architecture

2.3 Two-Dimensional Fiber Architecture

2.4 Three-Dimensional Fiber Architecture

2.5 Random Fiber Architecture

2.6 Selection of Fiber Architecture



Chapter 3: Matrix

3.1 Thermosetting Polymers

3.2 Thermoplastic Polymers



Chapter 4: Processing Fundamentals

4.1 Cure Cycle for Thermosetting Polymers

4.2 Viscosity

4.3 Fiber Surface Wetting

4.4 Resin Flow

4.5 Consolidation

4.6 Shrinkage

4.7 Voids

4.8 Residual Stresses and Distortions

4.9 Manufacturing Process Induced Defects and Their Detection



Chapter 5: Bag Molding Process

5.1 Prepreg

5.2 Bag Molding Process

5.3 Lay-Up Techniques

5.4 Automated Tape Laying

5.5 Cure Cycle

5.6 Thick Section Laminates

5.6 Out-of-Autoclave Curing

5.7 Sandwich Molding

5.9 Defects in Bag-Molded Parts


Chapter 6: Compression Molding

6.1 Sheet Molding Compound

6.2 Bulk Molding Compound

6.3 Compression Molding Process

6.4 Cure Cycle

6.5 Flow Pattern

6.6 Fiber Orientation

6.7 Defects in Compression Molded Parts

6.8 Compression Molding Parameters

6.9 Mold Design Considerations

6.10 Part Design Considerations


Chapter 7: Liquid Composite Molding

7.1 Resin Transfer Molding

7.2 Structural Reaction Injection Molding

7.3 High Pressure Resin Transfer Molding

7.4 Preforms

7.5 Resin Selection and Preparation

7.6 Processing Steps in Liquid Composite Molding

7.7 Mold Design


Chapter 8: Filament Winding

8.1 Filament Winding Process

8.2 Helical Filament Winding

8.3 Filament Winding Machines

8.4 Mandrel Material and Design

8.5 Filament Winding Process Parameters and Controls

8.6 Defects in Filament Wound Parts

8.7 Fiber Placement

8.8 Tube Rolling


Chapter 9: Pultrusion

9.1 Pultrusion Process

9.2 Pultrusion Production Line

9.3 Materials for Pultruded Products

9.4 Pultrusion Process Parameters

9.5 Design Guidelines for Pultruded Products

9.6 Processes Related to Pultrusion


Chapter 10: Forming of Thermoplastic Matrix Composites

10.1 Incorporation of Continuous Fibers in Thermoplastic Matrix

10.2 Consolidation of Thermoplastic Matrix Composites

10.3 Shape Forming

10.4 Forming Processes

10.5 Compression Molding


Chapter 11: Joining and Repair

11.1 Joining in Composites

11.2 Mechanical Fastening

11.3 Adhesive Bonding

11.4 Co-Curing

11.5 Joining of Thermoplastic Matrix Composites


Appendix A: Health and Safety Issues

About the Author

Prof. P.K. Mallick is the William E. Stirton Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology. His research focuses on polymers and composites, lightweight automotive materials, joining, and materials processing. Prof. Mallick has authored several books, including Fiber-Reinforced Composites: Materials, Manufacturing, and Design, 3rd Edition (CRC Press/Taylor & Francis). He is a Life Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and a Fellow of the American Society for Composites.


"This book serves as a general introduction to students and researchers just entering the field and to scholars from other subfields seeking from basic to applicable information."
-Masami Okamoto, Toyota Technological Institute, Nagoya, Japan

"I appreciate the focus on processing of polymer matrix composites. I think processing of materials in general has been somewhat neglected. Processing is really the key. Chapters 4 through 10 focus on a variety of processing techniques for polymer matrix composites. That would be my major attraction."
-K. K. Chawla, University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA

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