Failure in composite materials

J.E. King*

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    The economic and efficient exploitation of composite materials in critical load bearing applications relies on the ability to predict safe operational lives without excessive conservatism. Developing life prediction and monitoring techniques in these complex, inhomogeneous materials requires an understanding of the various failure mechanisms which can take place. This article describes a range of damage mechanisms which are observed in polymer, metal and ceramic matrix composites.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)720-726
    Number of pages7
    JournalMetals and Materials
    Issue number12
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 1989

    Bibliographical note

    This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Metals and Materials in December 1989.


    • ceramic materials
    • failure analysis
    • failure laminated products
    • metals and alloys
    • reinforced plastics
    • delamination
    • nonmetallic matrix composites
    • Poisson's ratio
    • young's modulus
    • composite materials
    • fiber reinforcement
    • metallic matrix composites
    • carbon fibers


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