Mechanics of Composite Materials, Second Edition
Autar K Kaw, University of South Florida
CHAPTER OBJECTIVES

Chapter 1 - Introduction to Composite Materials

    Define a composite, enumerate advantages
    and drawbacks of composites over
    monolithic materials, and discuss factors
    which influence mechanical properties of a
    composite
    Classify composites, introduce common types
    of fibers and matrices, and manufacturing,
    mechanical properties and applications of
    composites
    Recycling of composites
    Introduce terminology used for studying
    mechanics of composites

Chapter 2- Overview of Composites

    Review definitions of stress, strain, elastic
    moduli and strain energy
    Develop stress-strain relationships for
    different types of materials
    Develop stress-strain relationships for a
    unidirectional/bidirectional lamina
    Find the engineering constants of a
    unidirectional/bidirectional lamina in terms of
    the stiffness and compliance parameters of
    the lamina
    Develop stress-strain relationships, elastic
    moduli, strengths, thermal and moisture
    expansion coefficients of an angle ply based
    on those of a unidirectional/bidirectional
    lamina and the angle of the ply

Chapter 3- Micromechanical Analysis of a Lamina

    Develop concepts of volume and weight
    fraction of fiber and matrix, density and void
    fraction in composites
    Find the nine mechanical and four
    hygrothermal constants: four elastic moduli,
    five strength parameters, two coefficients of
    thermal expansion and two coefficients of
    moisture expansion of a unidirectional lamina
    from the individual properties of the fiber
    and the matrix, fiber volume fraction, and
    fiber packing
    Discuss the experimental characterization of
    the above nine mechanical and four
    hygrothermal constants

Chapter 4- Macromechanical Analysis of a
Laminate

    Understand the code for laminate stacking
    sequence
    Develop relationships of mechanical and
    hygrothermal loads applied to a laminate to
    strains and stresses in each lamina
    Find the elastic stiffnesses of laminate based
    on the elastic moduli of individual laminas
    and the stacking sequence
    Find the coefficients of thermal and moisture
    expansion of a laminate based on elastic
    moduli, coefficients of thermal and moisture
    expansion of individual laminas, and stacking
    sequence

Chapter 5- Failure, Analysis and Design of
Laminates

    Understand the significance of stiffness, and
    hygrothermal and mechanical response of
    special cases of laminates
    Establish the failure criteria for laminates
    based on failure of individual lamina in a
    laminate
    Design laminated structures such as plates
    and thin pressure vessels subjected to in-
    plane and hygrothermal loads
    Introduce other mechanical design issues in
    laminated composites
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