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Failure Mechanisms in Polymer Matrix Composites by E Greenhalgh, S Pinho, P Robinson

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Failure of polymer matrix composites (PMCs) in automotive and transportation applications

P.K. Mallick,     University of Michigan-Dearborn, USA

Abstract:

With increasing need for fuel economy improvement, there is a great deal of interest in using polymer matrix composites to produce lightweight vehicles. This chapter provides an overview of the failure modes of two types of polymer matrix composites for automotive and road transportation applications. One of them is a random fiber sheet molding compound (SMC) composite which has many current applications in automobiles, light trucks and heavy trucks. The second type is the carbon and glass fiber reinforced polymer matrix composites that may find future applications in lightweight automotive ...

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