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This article provides a summary of the concepts discussed in the articles under the section “Constituent Materials” in ASM Handbook, Volume 21: Composites. The section describes the major matrix resins and reinforcing fibers used in composite materials, as well as some of the intermediate material forms available for composite fabrication.

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Steven R. Nutt, Introduction to Constituent Materials, Composites, Vol 21, ASM Handbook, Edited By Daniel B. Miracle, Steven L. Donaldson, ASM International, 2001, p 21–22,

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