Materials and Manufacturing Processesby
Task Committee on Fiber-Reinforced Composite Structures for Overhead Lines of the Structural Engineering Institute of ASCE
This chapter introduces the basic materials used in the manufacturing of composite structures. It will help the line designer in understanding how the different elements of the fiber-matrix system interact. Given the many possibilities of materials and manufacturing methods, it is helpful to be familiar with the building blocks of composites. Also included in this chapter are discussions detailing several different methods of manufacturing composite structures. Understanding the basic advantages and disadvantages of each method can be helpful in evaluating fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) manufacturers and products and in understanding why different FRP products with the same basic geometry may differ with regard to mechanical properties and manufacturing cost.
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