Discontinuous Fiber-Reinforced Composites

Fundamentals and Applications
Copyright: 2020
ISBN: 978-1-56990-694-1
Hardcover: 465 pages
$219.99 (US)

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Discontinuous Fiber-Reinforced Composites is the product of years of collaborative work between industry and academia, presented in an easy-to-use, comprehensive manner. There are many books on composite material analysis, but most cover mainly continuous fiber materials, rather than those filled with discontinuous fibers, which are particularly attractive for large-volume and low-cost applications in a variety of industries. This book provides the theoretical and practical background to design and use discontinuous fiber-reinforced polymer materials, with an emphasis on structural parts for the automotive industry.

The information provided makes it possible for someone with an engineering background to understand the micromechanics of discontinuous fiber-reinforced materials and, hence, analyze the structural performance of components designed with such materials. The book employs a practical approach to cover the key, unique capabilities that are critical for a successful structural analysis of discontinuous fiber-reinforced polymer structures: process simulation to estimate the condition of fibers in the finished parts, capability to measure the microstructure of the composite, and estimation of material properties in the part based on fiber condition as well as environmental conditions such as temperature. A broad range of real-world examples is included, such as joining and hybrid composite materials, to provide the reader with an in-depth understanding of the fundamentally important process-structure-property relationship in discontinuous fiber-reinforced composites.

Author Info:

Gandhi, U.

Dr. Umesh N. Gandhi is Executive Scientist at the Toyota Research Institute North America (TRINA) in Ann Arbor, MI, and was formerly Staff Engineer at General Motors. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. His research interests are lightweight and programmable mechanical systems. He has authored more than 50 publications and holds over 40 issued patents.

Goris, S.

Dr. Sebastian Goris is Sr. Research Engineer at the Corporate Research Process Laboratory at 3M in St. Paul, MN, where he focuses on new technology development in the area of automotive electrification. He received his Ph. D. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison under Prof. Tim Osswald.

Osswald, T.

Dr. Tim A. Osswald teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is co-Director of the Polymer Engineering Center. He also holds honorary professorships at the Friedrich Alexander Universität in Erlangen, Germany and the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. He teaches and does research in polymer engineering, a field where he has published 11 books and over 300 papers.


Song, Y.

Dr. Yu-Yang Song is Senior Scientist at the Toyota Research Institute North America (TRINA) in Ann Arbor, MI. His research focuses on lightweight composite materials and textile fabric materials for future mobility applications. He received his Ph.D. in the area of defects detection of aerospace composite at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI.