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mse16 - Chapter 16 Composite Materials ISSUES TO ADDRESS...

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1 Chapter 16 - 1 ISSUES TO ADDRESS... What are the classes and types of composites ? Why are composites used instead of metals, ceramics, or polymers? How do we estimate composite stiffness & strength? What are some typical applications? Chapter 16: Composite Materials Chapter 16 - 2 Composites Combine materials with the objective of getting a more desirable combination of properties – Ex: get flexibility & weight of a polymer plus the strength of a ceramic Principle of combined action – Mixture gives “averaged” properties
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