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........ published in NEWSLETTER # 65

By Professor Y.M. Haddad, University, Ottawa/Ontario (Canada)

Composite materials, including laminated and fibre-reinforced systems, play significant roles in many scientific and engineering realms; primarily due to their unique physical and mechanical characteristics, such as specific strength, fracture toughness and corrosion. These characteristics can be further significantly enhanced by the ability of the material scientist and engineering to tailor the microstructure of the composite system to suit the imposed working conditions. At present, there are numerous newly emerging technologies - in the aerospace industry, microelectronics, advanced civil and mechanical applications, 'smart' structures, biotechnology, etc. - which demand materials with particular response characteristics that can only be met by tailored composite systems. The outstanding success with which composites is fulfilling the demands of advanced technology clearly demonstrates that the scope of such material systems is limitless. Thus, the publication of the book "Advanced Multilayered and Fibre-Reinforced Composites" (NATO ASI SERIES 3- 43) is opportune.

In this book leading researchers introduce first the concepts pertaining to ceramic, metallic and polymeric composite systems. Then, they continue to present the latest advances in these three domains including new classes of composite systems being introduced to the technological community for the first time. In addition the book contains comprehensive treatments of the new and important subjects of "functionally graded materials", "chemical modification of materials", "reinforcement coating techniques" and "processing of ceramic and metallic composites". The various approaches to modeling the mechanical and physical behavior of multi-phase material systems in general also also introduced. In this context, the text emphasizes the actual three-dimensional stress states in the composite structure, their quantitative evaluation, together with the principles and approaches of advanced experimental mechanics in the service of modern technology.

The book adopts a unified and easy-to-understand format. It forms an outstanding reference for scientists and engineers who are involved in the design, processing and application of composite materials and systems. The book may also be used as a comprehensive text for science and engineering students from senior undergraduate levels and upwards.

This book is highly recommended.
Reference books: 3-25, 3-38, 3-43, E38, E177

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