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ASM Handbook

Metallography and Microstructures

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George F. Vander Voort
George F. Vander Voort
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ASM International
Volume
9
ISBN electronic:
978-1-62708-177-1
Publication date:
2004
Book Chapter

Introduction—Composite Materials and Optical Microscopy[1]

By
Brian S. Hayes
Brian S. Hayes
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Luther M. Gammon
Luther M. Gammon
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Published:
2004
Publication history
February 02, 2011

Abstract

This article illustrates the polymer matrices used for composite materials. It describes the use of prepeg materials in manufacturing high-performance composites. The article discusses the various infusion processes for the development of fiber-reinforced composites, namely, resin transfer molding, vacuum-assisted resin transfer molding, and resin film infusion. It explains the composite- and matrix-toughening methods for fiber-reinforced composites, such as dispersed-phase toughening and interlayer toughening. The article concludes with information on optical microscopy, which provides an insight into the micro- and macrostructure of fiber-reinforced composites.

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Brian S. Hayes, Luther M. Gammon, 2004. "Introduction—Composite Materials and Optical Microscopy", Metallography and Microstructures, George F. Vander Voort

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