This 672 page technical publication is an academic book, written by Stephen W. Tsai, Emeritus Professor, Structures and Composites Laboratory (SACL), Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stamford University in the USA and Pranav D. Shah, a research scholar in the university department at the time.
The book is based on a comprehensive on-line Composites Design collaborative tutorial programme, developed for English speaking distance learning students located anywhere in the world, with no requirement for travel. The publication is primarily aimed at students and engineers interested in learning about composite materials, and for university lecturers in materials science and mechanical engineering courses with modules covering composite materials. It is also suitable for technical industry professionals and government bodies interested in gaining a better technical understanding about the strength and long term performance capabilities of composites materials for applications in key manufacturing industries such as aerospace, automotive and transportation and wind energy.
The book is made up of three parts:
Part (1) Original papers on strength and life based principally on micromechanics of failure
Part (2) Elementary theory of composites, and basic reference on materials and processing
Part (3) Description of tools for design calculations
About the authors:
Stephen W. Tsai, is Emeritus Professor, Structures and Composites Laboratory (SACL), Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stamford University, USA, where he has been since 1990. He has a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering (1952) and D.Eng (1961) postgraduate degree, both from Yale University. Before moving to Stamford University, he worked at the US Air Force Materials Laboratory from 1968 until 1990. He is a Member of US National Academy of Engineering.
Pranav D. Shah is member of the Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics, Stanford University