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Material Science and Metallurgy by U. C. Jindal

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13

Composite Materials

13.1 INTRODUCTION

With the advancement of technology, especially in the field of aerospace engineering, there is increasing need of lightweight materials with unusual combination of properties of high strength, high elastic modulus and at the same time suitability at high temperature operation. This combination of properties is not obtainable from conventional materials like alloys, high-speed steels, stainless steels, superalloys and so on. A composite material is developed with different phases, and the properties of the composite are better than the properties of the individual phases (constituents) making the composite. Common example of a composite is glass-reinforced plastics (GRP), in which polymer resin is reinforced ...

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