Composite Basics Seventh Edition by Andrew C.
Highly recommended by most composite airframe manufacturers. This
manual explains the theory, working techniques, and details of various types of
glass, carbon and kevlar fibers, resins, adhesives, foams, and
Further sections include the basics of manufacturing and design
methods and are extremely relevant for those employed by component manufacturers
and those involved in aircraft self-design
Tooling and manufacturing methods, designing, stress, loads and
load testing, vacuum bagging, autoclaves, and more are discussed in a technical,
yet understandable manner.
This is more than a simple "how to" manual. Instead, it contains
the information necessary to give confidence to the builder or technician tasked
in the design and construction of simple to complex parts for simple and complex
easy-to-read book covering all of the materials and processes used in the field
of composite structures.
This book is a basic reference and source of guidance for those
who are interested in specific information regarding the many materials and
construction methods used in building composite parts and structures. Primary
emphasis is placed on structures used in amateur built aircraft, high
performance boats and race cars.
Materials addressed are fibers and fabrics based on E-glass,
S-glass, pan based carbon, pitch based carbon, the several Kevlars, Spectra, and
even a brief coverage of Zylon. All the commonly used resins and the fiber-resin
interface are also covered.
application of these materials to both solid laminates and sandwich structures
is explained in subsequent chapters, with examples of actual structures in
current use. The sources of materials used and other useful information are
covered in detail in the several Appendices at the end of the