MECHANICS OF COMPOSITE MATERIALS. PART 1. INTRODUCTION
AIR FORCE MATERIALS LAB WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH
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The principles of mechanics are utilized for the description of the behavior of fiber-reinforced composites. Principal components of elastic moduli and strength for an orthotropic material are established as the intrinsic macromechanical properties. Micromechanics analyses provide a rational design basis of these properties from the material and geometric properties of the constituent materials. A bridge between the properties of the constituent materials and the structural behavior of a laminated anisotropic composite can then be established. Combined materials and structural design become feasible. Finally, test methods of composite materials are evaluated. The principles of mechanics can be used to select the material properties to be tested and the appropriate test procedures to be followed.
- Laminates and Composite Materials