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Mechanics of Composite Materials (Dover Civil and Mechanical Engineering)

Mechanics of Composite Materials (Dover Civil and Mechanical Engineering)

Mechanics of Composite Materials (Dover Civil and Mechanical Engineering)
By Richard M. Christensen, Engineering

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Book Description

A comprehensive account of the basic theory of the mechanical behavior of heterogeneous media, this volume assembles, interprets, and interrelates contributions to the field of composite materials from theoretical research, laboratory developments, and product applications.
The text focuses on the continuum mechanics aspects of behavior; specifically, it invokes idealized geometric models of the heterogeneous system to obtain theoretical predictions of macroscopic properties in terms of the properties of individual constituent materials. The wide range of subjects encompasses macroscopic stiffness properties, failure characterization, and wave propagation. Much of the book presumes a familiarity with the theory of linear elasticity; but it also takes into consideration behavior characterized by viscoelasticity and inviscid plasticity theories and problems involving nonlinear kinematics. Because of the close relationship between mechanical and thermal effects, the text also examines macroscopic, thermal properties of heterogeneous media.
Although the primary emphasis centers on the development of theory, this volume also pays critical attention to the practical assessment of results and applications. Comparisons between different approaches and with reliable experimental data appear at main junctures. Suitable as a graduate-level text, Mechanics of Composite Materials is also a valuable reference for professionals.

Book Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #1113771 in Books
  • Published on: 2005-08-01
  • Released on: 2005-08-01
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 8.50" h x .82" w x 5.12" l, .87 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 384 pages

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
4Excellent Book for the Price and Content [A good starting text as well!]
By Ardeshir
I bought this book to learn more about composite materials and anisotropy in general. As an undergrad, I learned a lot about typical material design and isotropic materials, but outside of theorems and limited approaches, typically we did not deal with composites outside of just material strength versus it's weight.

This book is an excellent starting place, as I picked it up for work and quickly was able to understand the concepts. Anisotropic materials break many of the 'rules' you come to expect of isotropic materials. If one does not take the time to understand the theory, these memorized 'rules' will crumble and you will be quickly sitting in the mud. This book does a good job of not just overloading you too in-depth in the theory immediately, while not skipping steps or assuming you will already know the logic from step 1 to step 13 in your head.

I do have to complain that instead of placing the errata into the text directly and just listing the changes somewhere in the text against the original edition, the reader was left to investigate these himself. The errata can be found on page 'XV' after the table of contents.

There are other texts out there which can be seen as more detailed or 'general' in their use of general understanding. However if you're just looking for a place to start and like to have a book in-hand to study from, I would absolutely buy this text.

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
5The book is very nice! It is so deep it materials even though ...
By Mohammad
The book is very nice! It is so deep it materials even though not a thick book! The author is an expert in composite mechanics from Stanford University.

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
4Composite Materials
By Polymer Engineer
Bought this book as a supplement for my Composite Materials graduate course. I thought that this book had some useful information for the class and beyond the scope of the class I took.

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