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An Introduction to Composite Materials, Second Edition by T. W. Clyne, D. Hull

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General introduction

Composites make up a very broad and important class of engineering materials. World annual production is over 10 million tonnes and the market has in recent years been growing at 5–10% per annum. Composites are used in a wide variety of applications. Furthermore, there is considerable scope for tailoring their structure to suit the service conditions. This concept is well illustrated by biological materials such as wood, bone, teeth and hide; these are all composites with complex internal structures designed to give mechanical properties well suited to the performance requirements. Adaptation of manufactured composite structures for different engineering purposes requires input from several branches of science. In this ...

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