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NON-METALLIC FIBROUS REINFORCED METAL COMPOSITES
RUTGERS - THE STATE UNIV NEW BRUNSWICK N J
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The literature on fibers and fiber reinforced composites was reviewed and evaluated. It was concluded that, in principle, non-metallic fiber reinforced metals can have the largest strengthweight and mod lusweight ratios of all known materials, exceeding the values of those presently available by many factors, particularly at elevated temperatures. In practice, realization of the potential has been frustrated by two factors. 1 thermal degradation of fiber strengths and 2 inadequate fabrication proce ures. The inadequacies of fabrication techniques employed to date were considered in detail and the requirements for an adequate fabrication technique are listed. Author
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