Synopses & Reviews
The use of composites is growing in structural applications in many industries including aerospace, marine, wind turbine and civil engineering. There are uncertainties about the long term performance of these composites and how they will perform under cyclic fatigue loading. This book provides a comprehensive review of fatigue damage and fatigue life prediction methodologies for composites and how they can be used in practice.
After an introductory chapter, part one reviews developments in ways of modeling composite fatigue life. The second part of the book reviews developments in predicting composite fatigue life under different conditions including constant and variable amplitude loading as well as multiaxial and cyclic loading. Part three then describes applications such as fatigue life prediction of bonded joints and wind turbine rotor blades as well as health monitoring of composite structures.
- Examines past, present, and future trends associated with fatigue life prediction of composite materials and structures
- Assesses novel computational methods for fatigue life modeling and prediction of composite materials under constant amplitude loading
- Specific chapters investigate fatigue life prediction of wind turbine rotor blades and bonded joints in composite structures
"The book presents a comprehensive updated review of FLP methodologies for FRC. The editor deserves credit for organising expert contributions from international authors."
-Dr. Benu Chatterjee
Materials World Magazine, May 8, 2011
About the Author
Dr. Anastasios P. Vassilopoulos is a Research and Teaching Associate in the Composite Construction Laboratory (CCLab) at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland. He has an international reputation for his work on fatigue life prediction of composite materials under complex, irregular stress states.