Proceedings Second International Conference on Composite Science and Technology 9 - 11 June 1998 Durban South Africa
NATAL UNIV DURBAN (SOUTH AFRICA) DEPT OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
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In recent years there have been remarkable developments and advances in the field of composites involving all majors aspects, namely materials, structures and manufacturing. The new techniques have been developed as a result of extensive experimental, computational and analytical studies, adding a new dimension to tailor-made materials which are suitable not only for applications involving aerospace but also civilian structures. As research papers presented at this conference indicate, the continuous integration of advanced technology, processes and computational methods are collectively helping the composites become truly the material of the future by cutting the cost of materials and processes and time-to-market. ICCST2 follows the highly successful ICCST1 held in 1996. The conference provides a forum for the presentation of the latest research results and technology applications in composites and brings scientists, engineers and technologists together on African soil. It is hoped that the present conference will contribute to the ongoing advancement of science and technology in Southern Africa as well as to the upliftment of the communities and populations of the region. In the last decade, substantial progress has been made in smart materials and structures technology, primarily due to developments in shape memory alloys, piezoelectric materials and fiber optics. This is presently an emerging field of technology combining know-how from physics, electronics, mechanics and chemistry and with applications ranging from vibration control to damage detection. A section of the conference is now devoted to this field. 80 papers appear in these proceedings.
- Laminates and Composite Materials