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Although largely geared toward the aerospace industry, this handbook assumes no prior knowledge about advanced composite materials and gradually makes the reader conversant in composite terminology. After giving a comprehensive description of what composites are and how they work, this guide breaks materials down into their constituents and offers details about design considerations and guidelines, various tooling concepts, manufacturing methods, and accepted repair theories and concepts. Other sections include the most up-to-date information on adhesive bonding technology, core materials, materials testing, and nondestructive inspection techniques and equipment.
Louis C. Dorworth has been teaching composite-related courses for the last 20 years and is a professional member of the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering. He lives in Reno, Nevada. Ginger L. Gardiner is a consultant for Abaris and a staff writer for Composites Technology and High Performance Composites magazines. She lives in Washington, North Carolina. Greg M. Mellema is an airframe and powerplant mechanic and a former instructor of aviation maintenance technology at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Cochise College. He lives in Reno, Nevada.