Polymer matrix composites are replacing materials such as metals in industries such as aerospace, defence and civil engineering. As composites are relatively new materials, more information on the potential risk of failure is needed to ensure safe ...
design. This book focuses on three main types of failure: impact damage, delamination and fatigue. Chapters in part one describe the causes of failure such as impact damage, manufacturing defects and fire. Failure criteria and testing methods for predicting failure in composites are also discussed. Chapters in part two look in depth at failure in the aerospace, defence and marine industries, as well as recycling issues.