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ASM Handbook

Composites

Edited by
Daniel B. Miracle
Daniel B. Miracle
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Steven L. Donaldson
Steven L. Donaldson
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ASM International
Volume
21
ISBN electronic:
978-1-62708-195-5
Publication date:
2001
Book Chapter

Properties and Performance of Polymer-Matrix Composites

Published:
2001
Page range:
803 - 837
Publication history
November 01, 2001

Abstract

This article discusses the materials and properties of polymer-matrix composites to characterize each generic material according to its composition and method of manufacture. It contains a table that lists key physical, mechanical, thermal, and electrical properties, and in-service conditions of concern for resin-matrix composites. Axes definitions, symbols, and special property calculations for composite material property tests are reviewed. The article provides an overview of the performance capabilities of selected polymer-matrix composite materials such as thermoplastic-matrix composites and thermoset-matrix composites. The thermoplastic-matrix composites include thermoplastic polyester resins and fiber resin composites; thermoplastic polyamide resins and fiber-resin composites; and thermoplastic polysulfone resins and fiber-resin composites. The thermoset-matrix composites include thermoset polyester resins and fiber resin composites; thermoset phenolic resins and fiber resin composites; thermoset epoxy resins and fiber-resin composites; thermoset polyimide resins and fiber resin composites; and thermoset bismaleimide resins and fiber resin composites.

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2001. "Properties and Performance of Polymer-Matrix Composites", Composites, Daniel B. Miracle, Steven L. Donaldson

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