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Mechanics of Composite Materials with MATLAB [Hardcover]

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This textbook makes use of the popular computer program MATLAB as the major computer tool to study mechanics of composite materials. It is written specifically for students in engineering and materials science, examining step-by-step solutions of composite material mechanics problems using MATLAB. Each of the 12 chapters is well structured and includes a summary of the basic equations, MATLAB functions used in the chapter, solved examples and problems for students to solve. The main emphasis of Mechanics of Composite Materials with MATLAB is on learning the composite material mechanics computations and on understanding the underlying concepts. The solutions to most of the given problems appear in an appendix at the end of the book. The accompanying CD-ROM includes a set of MATLAB functions that are written by the authors specifically to be used with the book and a detailed solutions manual.

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Pages   336
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 6.25" Height: 9.25"
Weight:   1.45 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jul 22, 2005
Publisher   Springer
ISBN  3540243534  
ISBN13  9783540243533  

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A good introductory text for students and beginners  Jun 27, 2007

We are writing this review of the book as our response as authors to the other review posted on this page. This book is intended to be an introductory text for students and beginners of Mechanics of Composite Materials. The presentation is simple and brief. Furthermore, it is accompanied by a CD-ROM that has numerous MATLAB functions that can be used to do the basic calculations in this subject. And we stress that we emphasize the basic calculations with no attempt to introduce advanced topics.

It is true that the calculations in this book could also be done using EXCEL. However, it is not straightforward and very difficult to perform some of these calculations in EXCEL. In fact, EXCEL is not designed to handle matrices and matrix operations like MATLAB. The choice of MATLAB for this book is based on the fact that MATLAB is a Matrix Laboratory - it was specifically designed to handle matrices and matrix operations. And we know that these types of calculations are exactly those encountered in Mechanics of Composite Materials. Thus MATLAB and not EXCEL is the right choice for this kind of book.

The subject of damage initiation is mentioned briefly in a short chapter at the end of the book. Indeed this is an advanced topic that is not normally covered in texts on Mechanics of Composite Materials. The most popular books on Mechanics of Composite Materials (like the books of Kaw, Jones, Gibson, etc) do not even mention this advanced topic. The only book that we are aware of that shows some discussion of damage initiation is the book by Herakovich - but this is the exception not the rule. We have included a short chapter on damage initiation solely to introduce the subject and guide the reader where to find additional detailed information. Furthermore, we as authors have written another book especially on the topic on damage initiation in composite materials. The book is entitled "Advances in Damage Mechanics: Metals and Metal Matrix Composites" by Voyiadjis and Kattan, Second Edition, published by Elsevier in 2006. The interested reader may refer to this advanced book for details on damage initiation in composite materials.

We have included another short chapter on homogenization at the end of the book. Again this is an advanced topic that is not normally covered in other books on Mechanics of Composite Materials. We have included this short and brief chapter to introduce the topic and guide the reader where to find further information. The interested reader will have to look into advanced specialized books on homogenization such as the book by Nemat-Nasser. He will not find this information in any competing books on Mechanics of Composite Materials.

We feel that we are fully justified in leaving out the detailed presentation of these advanced topics of this book. Again, the book is intended for students and beginners who do not seek these advanced topics in an introductory book like ours. Finally, we should note that we included the complete Solutions Manual to most of the problems in the book at the end of the book and also on the accompanying CD-ROM. The rest of the book is a printout of the Solutions Manual which some people may erroneously perceive as MATLAB output.

An informative, albeit somewhat disappointing text  Mar 7, 2007
A critique of this text must not go without a brief mention of the book's merits. The included CD contains lots of .m files for simple calculations and manipulations of the constitutive matrices. The book is ordered in a fairly straightforward manner. The calculations described in the book are correct. But that's about it.

You see, "Mechanics of Composite Materials with MATLAB" does not go into much detail about the mechanics of composite materials. Instead, it assumes you have a thorough knowledge of classical lamination theory (and an appropriate text for reference of said theory) and instead focuses on the MATLAB implimentation of lamination theory. Which would be great if the things the author does in MATLAB couldn't already be done in Excel.

Instead of focusing on the merits of MATLAB, like its ability to solve complex differential equations or to display contour plots and response surfaces, the author insists on devoting endless pages to elementary manipulations of various compliance and stiffness matrices. Half the book's pages, in fact, are devoted to showing raw MATLAB output. Which might be alright, if that information weren't already included on the CD. The useful information (if you call it that) ends on page 204. The rest is MATLAB output.

Worse yet, the three redeeming chapters of this book -- the ones on failure theories, homogenization methods, and damage initiation -- are brief (about 20 pages between the three of them) and WITHOUT SOLUTIONS (in print or on the CD). That's right. Even if you purchase this book, you will remain unable to plot a failure envelope, evaluate Eshelby's tensor, or do anything else that goes beyond the level of trivial.

Perhaps I shouldn't be so harsh in reviewing this book, but I feel that a text whose title claims to impliment MATLAB in studying the mechanics of composite materials should have a bit more meat to it. In fairness, I think this book could be complimentary to an introductory class on composite materials.

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