Polymer Matrix Composites

  • Krishan K. Chawla


Polymer matrix composites (PMCs) have established themselves as engineering structural materials, not just as laboratory curiosities or cheap stuff for making chairs and tables. This came about not only because of the introduction of high-performance fibers such as carbon, boron, and aramid but also because of some new and improved matrix materials (see Chap. 3). Nevertheless, glass fiber reinforced polymers represent the largest class of PMCs. Carbon fiber reinforced PMCs are perhaps the most important structural composites; especially in the aerospace field. In this chapter, we discuss polymer composite systems containing glass, aramid, polyethylene, boron, and carbon fibers.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Materials Science and EngineeringUniversity of Alabama at BirminghamBirminghamUSA

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