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Composite materials are occupying major role in several industries like Aerospace, Automotive, Construction and Industrial engineering applications because of their high strength to weight ratio and many other distinctive properties. So the Engineers deal with the structures in any domain with knowledge on composites will be in a great demand. Although much literature is available on basic mechanics of composites and composite structures, the calculations part comprise of complex trigonometric equations & matrices operation which demands a computing tool to perform efficiently. This book addresses that need by offering the computation methodology using simple and most available soft tool named Ms-Excel. The derivations and the related assumptions are presented in lucid manner. The focus of the current work is on fiber reinforced composite materials, composed of fibers embedded in a matrix material and the laminates made of fiber reinforced composites.
The micro mechanics of the composite materials based on different models, laminate analysis to obtain the mid-plane strains using classical laminate theory, Macro mechanics of composites to obtain detailed ply level stresses and strains in local coordinated system and implementation of various failure theories (limit failure theories, semi-interactive failure theories and interactive failure theories) are clearly explained with detailed examples. Classification of laminates and their selection procedure is also briefly described. The effect of coupling elements in the behaviour of the laminate is explained.
The code explained in this book can be readily applied on a practical design problem. More than 20 solved example problems are discussed in this book. This book doesn’t demand any prior cognition on matrix and trigonometric operations. This book will be of great practical use to students, researchers and practicing engineers seeking to acquire knowledge on implementation and solving the mechanics of composites.
This is a book is specially designed for people, who are interested in mechanics of composite materials. This book explains how to use Ms-Excel as a calculator to perform numerical calculations needed in basic mechanics of composite materials. The steps involved in the mechanical calculations at micro and macro level will be accentuated in this book. A detailed step-by-step solving methodology for mechanics of composite material problems are illustrated using Ms-Excel. Along with these the user can find readymade spread sheets for instant usability.