Analytical and Experimental Methods in Composite Mechanics

by James M. Whitney, Materials Research Engineer; Nonmetalic Materials Div., Air Force Materials Lab., Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH,

Serial Information: Journal of the Structural Division, 1973, Vol. 99, Issue 1, Pg. 113-129

Document Type: Journal Paper


A summary of the state-of-the-art in the mechanics of fiber reinforced composite materials is presented. Micromechanics and macromechanics are both examined although particular emphasis is placed on concepts of lamination theory. Application of composite mechanics to the analysis of test methods for characterizing the mechanical properties of fibrous composites is also covered. Equations which represent some of the more important concepts in composite mechanics are summarized. It is shown that the state-of-the-art in the mechanics of composite materials has reached a plateau where it can be used in structural design.

Subject Headings: Composite materials | Fiber reinforced composites | Material mechanics | Construction materials | Fabrics | Micromechanics | Laminated materials | Materials characterization

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