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Fiber-Reinforced Composites: Engineered Structural Materials

P. Beardmore, J. J. Harwood, K. R. Kinsman and R. E. Robertson
Science
New Series, Vol. 208, No. 4446, Advanced Technology (May 23, 1980), pp. 832-840
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1683590
Page Count: 9
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Fiber-Reinforced Composites: Engineered Structural Materials
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Abstract

Fiber-reinforced composites are an emerging new class of engineering materials. The ability to tailor-make composite materials and structures offers exciting opportunities for a broad spectrum of industrial applications. This article reviews the nature of fiber-reinforced polymer composites, their characteristics and properties, and the manufacturing and fabrication processes involved in composite production. The automotive industry is used as an example of the striking potential of composites as structural materials and the issues involved in bringing this potential into reality.

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