The Composite Materials Handbook is a product (the multi-volume handbook and associated database of material properties), an organization of nearly 200 people, and a process. This page gives a brief orientation to the products and process.
Vol. 1 Guidelines for Characterization of Structural Materials
Volume 1 explains the methods by which materials property data should be obtained, and criteria for their acceptance for publication in the Handbook. Data obtained and selected according to Volume 1 is published in Volume 2. The current version is the E release.
Vol. 2 Polymer Matrix Composites: Material Properties
Volume 2 contains the actual material property data for polymer matrix composites. The data is arranged in categories depending on the reinforcement class and matrix class. Within a category, the the data is in chronological order (based on when data was submitted). There is also a Volume 2 Annex which segregates data for which export control restrictions apply. The current version is the E release.
Vol. 3 Materials Usage, Design and Analysis
Volume 3 discusses usage of the data for material procurement, quality control, design, structural analysis, and reliability. Because of the three volume format, information on a given subject may be found in more than one volume. For example, thick section composites are discussed in both Volume 1 (testing methodology) and Volume 3 (analysis techniques). The current version is the E release.
Vol. 4 Metal Matrix Composites
Volume 4 is a recently released handbook specifically for metal matrix composites. The internal structure of the handbook follows the Vol. 1-3 structure of the PMC handbook.
Vol. 5 Ceramic Matrix Composites (Planned)
Volume 5 is the ceramic matrix handbook. This volume is currently under review and will have its initial release shortly.The internal structure of the handbook follows the Vol. 1-3 structure of the PMC handbook.
Vol. 6 Structural Sandwich Composites (Planned)
Volume 6 is getting underway. It will capture much of the data and technology that was available in MIL-HDBK-23, but updated to reflect the current state-of-the-art.
Advanced Composite Materials
Summary by 李晓霞 on 2002-05-27
Last updated by 李晓霞 on 2002-05-27