Discontinuous long fiber-reinforced polymer structures with local continuous fiber reinforcements represent an important class of lightweight materials with broad design possibilities and diverse technical applications, e.g., in vehicle construction. However, in contrast to continuous fiber-reinforced composites, extensively used in the aircraft industry, there is still a lack of integrated and experimentally proven concepts for manufacture, modeling, and dimensioning of combinations of discontinuously and continuously reinforced polymer structures. This is partly ascribed to the complexity of the manufacturing processes of discontinuously reinforced polymers, with heterogeneous, anisotropic, and nonlinear material and structural properties, but also to the resulting bonding problem of both material types.
This book addresses these issues, including both continuous and discontinuous fiber processing strategies. Specific design strategies for advanced composite reinforcement are provided, with an integrated and holistic approach taken for composites material selection, product design, and mechanical properties. Characterization, simulation, technology, design, future research, and implementation directions are also included.
Especially in the field of application of three-dimensional load-bearing structures, this book provides an excellent foundation for the enhancement of scientific methods and the education of engineers who need an interdisciplinary understanding of process and material techniques, as well as simulation and product development methods.
Thomas Böhlke is Professor and Chair of Continuum Mechanics at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany. He previously held professorial positions at the University of Kassel and at the Otto-von-Guericke-University, Magdeburg, Germany.
Frank Henning is Head of the Department of Polymer Engineering at the Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology in Pfinztal, Germany. He is also Professor for Lightweight Construction at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Adjunct Research Professor at the University of Western Ontario (UWO), Canada.
Andrew Hrymak is Professor and Dean at the Faculty of Engineering University of Western Ontario (UWO). He was previously Professor and Department Chair at the Department of Chemical Engineering at McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada.
Luise Kärger undertakes research at the Institute of Vehicle System Technology, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), in Karlsruhe, Germany
Kay A. Weidenmann is Professor at the Institute for Applied Materials – Materials Science and Engineering, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), in Karlsruhe, Germany
Jeffrey T. Wood is Associate Professor in the Mechanical&Materials Engineering department of the University of Western Ontario (UWO). He holds a Ph.D. in Materials Science from McMaster University.
With chapters by:
Albert Albers, William Altenhof, Fabian Ballier, Thomas Böhlke, David Bücheler, Viktoriia Butenko, Colin Denniston, Peter Elsner, Benedikt Fengler, Jürgen Fleischer, Johannes Görthofer, Peter Gumbsch, Anton Helfrich, Frank Henning, Martin Hohberg, Jörg Hohe, Andrew Hrymak, Sergej Ilinzeer, Luise Kärger, Loredana Kehrer, Takashi Kuboki, Daniel Kupzik, Gisela Lanza, Jörg Lienhard, Nils Meyer, Britta Nestler, Tarkes Dora Pallicity, Chul B. Park, Pascal Pinter, Ali Rizvi, Marielouise Schäferling, Malte Schemmann, Daniel Schneider, Michael Schober, Ludwig Schöttl, Lukas Schulenberg, Volker Schulze, Felix K. Schwab, Thomas Seelig, Michael Thompson, Anna Trauth, Kay A. Weidenmann, Jeffrey T. Wood, Frederik Zanger