© 2012

Composite Materials

Science and Engineering


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Part I

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Krishan K. Chawla
      Pages 3-6
    3. Krishan K. Chawla
      Pages 7-71
    4. Krishan K. Chawla
      Pages 73-103
    5. Krishan K. Chawla
      Pages 105-133
  3. Part II

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 135-135
    2. Krishan K. Chawla
      Pages 137-195
    3. Krishan K. Chawla
      Pages 197-248
    4. Krishan K. Chawla
      Pages 249-292
    5. Krishan K. Chawla
      Pages 293-307
    6. Krishan K. Chawla
      Pages 309-333
  4. Part III

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 335-335
    2. Krishan K. Chawla
      Pages 337-385
    3. Krishan K. Chawla
      Pages 387-419
    4. Krishan K. Chawla
      Pages 421-449
    5. Krishan K. Chawla
      Pages 451-483
    6. Krishan K. Chawla
      Pages 485-496
    7. Krishan K. Chawla
      Pages 497-510
  5. Krishan K. Chawla
    Pages E1-E1

About this book


This updated third edition of Krishan Chawla’s widely used textbook, Composite Materials, offers integrated and completely up-to-date coverage of composite materials. The book focuses on the triad of processing, structure, and properties, while providing a well-balanced treatment of the materials science and mechanics of composites.

In this edition of Composite Materials, revised and updated throughout, increasing use of composites in industry (especially aerospace and energy) and new developments in the field are highlighted. There is a new chapter on non-conventional composites, which covers polymer, metal and ceramic matrix nanocomposites, self-healing composites, self-reinforced composites, biocomposites and laminates made of metals and polymer matrix composites. The third edition also includes new solved examples and problems as well as increased coverage of:

Carbon/carbon brakes
Composites for civilian aircraft and jet engines
Second generation high-temperature superconducting composites
Composites for use in windmill blades
WC/metal particulate composites

Examples of practical applications in various fields are given throughout the book, and extensive references to the literature are provided. The book is intended for use in graduate and upper-division undergraduate courses, and as a reference for the practicing engineers and researchers in industry and academia.


Carbon/carbon composites Ceramic matrix composites Composites Creep of composites Design of composites Fatigue of composites Fibers Laminated composites Metal matrix composites Micromechanics Polymer matrix composites Superconducting composites

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Materials Science and EngineeringUniversity of Alabama at BirminghamBirminghamUSA

About the authors

Krishan K. Chawla has taught and done research at institutions in Switzerland, Brazil, Canada, and the United States and has served as a consultant to industry, national laboratories, and government agencies. He is currently at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Bibliographic information


From the reviews of the third edition:

“Composite Materials, certainly a good addition to any library, provides comprehensive coverage of this multidisciplinary subject. This new edition … was thoroughly revised and includes information on advances in the field and additional problems and examples. … The book can be used as a text for upper-division undergraduate and graduate courses … . Graduate students, researchers, and practitioners will find the last section very useful. … Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above.” (S. D. El Wakil, Choice, Vol. 50 (7), March, 2013)