COMPOSITE MATERIALS HANDBOOK VOLUME 3
|1 March 2012
PURPOSE AND SCOPE OF VOLUME 3
Volume 3 of CMH-17 provides guidance in the areas of design, manufacture, and support of polymer composite structures. It is an extensive compilation of the current knowledge and experiences of the engineers and scientists who are active in this evolving field. It is maintained and regularly updated by some of the leading technical people from industry, government, and academia. The majority of contributors are from the aircraft community, so the information presented reflects current aircraft experiences. However, many of the key issues raised and techniques discussed can be adapted to non-aerospace applications of composite structures.
Volume 3 is intended mainly for those who are relatively new to applications of polymer composite materials and is meant as a general guide to help newcomers safely and effectively utilize these materials in structures. It supplements Volumes 1 and 2 by providing some understanding of composite material properties and their use in design. Volume 3 supports an extended process for structural safety by providing peer-reviewed information on design, manufacture, maintenance, and operation of composite structures, including information on:
• Issues to consider during design;
• Material and process considerations;
• Design and development methods;
• Quality control issues during manufacture; and
• Guidelines for maintenance, inspection, and repair of structures for their intended life.
Although Volume 3 provides general guidance on all of these topics, it is not intended as a standalone manual on how to engineer composite structures. Where certain topics are well covered by publicly available references, it points the reader to these documents. However, Volume 3 also contains information on significant technical issues that is not generally available in other public references. While Volume 3 is intended as a top-level guide to application of polymer composite materials, the information and experiences presented are not all-inclusive and identify only some of the ways to engineer successful composite structures.