Monday, December 13, 2010

Book Review (2nd Edition) by Book News Inc.

Introduction to composite materials design, 2d ed.

Barbero, Ever J.
CRC Press, ©2011 520 p. $99.95 TA418

Covering all aspects of preliminary design of composite materials, this text for advanced undergraduate and graduate engineering students offers 78 complete examples (28 are new for this edition). Because the text avoids tensor analysis and other mathematical constructs typical of graduate courses, readers need only a senior undergraduate-level understanding of math and mechanics. In this second edition, two new topics, design for reliability and fracture mechanics, are now introduced in the first chapter and applied throughout the book. There is a new chapter on external strengthening of beams and columns subject to axial and bending loads, and revised content on areas such as design for reliability, polymer matrices, and vacuum-assisted resin transfer molding. Learning features include chapter exercises, numerous b&w diagrams and illustrations (including 12 carpet plots), and 10 pages of reference appendices. A website provides additional information and software. Barbero is affiliated with [sic] West Virginia University. (Annotation ©2010 Book News Inc. Portland, OR)

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