It is a truism that technological development depends on advances in the field of materials. One does not have to be an expert to realize that the most advanced turbine or aircraft design is of no use if adequate materials to bear the service loads and conditions are not available. Whatever the field may be, the final limitation on advancement depends on materials. Composite materials in this regard represent nothing but a giant step in the ever-constant endeavor of optimization in materials.


Composite Material Cellulose Fiber Service Load Sandwich Composite Coconut Palm 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Krishan K. Chawla
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  1. 1.Materials and EngineeringThe University of Alabama at BirminghamBirminghamUSA

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