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Studies in Composites
Homework 1
1.- Use MS Excel to create a table listing some of the most commonly used fiber and reinforcement
materials used in the production of polymer matrix composites. Include in the table important material
information useful in applications (e.g. material properties, cost, suppliers, etc.)
2.- Use MS Excel to create a table listing some of the most commonly used matrix resin system
materials used in the production of polymer matrix composites. Include in the table important material
information useful in applications (e.g. material properties, cost, suppliers, etc.)
3.- Identify a Fiber-Matrix combination currently being used in a demanding engineering application of
your choice and write a brief essay (`~500 words) describing key characteristics of the system (e.g.
material properties, application, etc).
4.- In the liner elastic theory of isotropic solids the values of only two material properties are required in
order to properly formulate and solve boundary value problems described by the equilibrium equation
subject to specified boundary conditions. When dealing with anisotropic solids, even in the linear case,
the situation is different. Explain.
5.- Write a brief essay explaining the concept of effective moduli in composite materials for both,
composites consisting of spherical inclusions and for cylindrical and lamellar composite systems.
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