The use of composite materials has increased steadily during the past two decades, particularly in aerospace, hydrospace and automotive structures. This increase is largely because many composite materials exhibit high strength-t-weight and stiffness-to-weight ratios, whichmake them ideally suited for use in weight-sensitive structures. In addition, many of these materials are more corrosion resistant and more thermally stable than metals.
The contributions in this volume provides an overview of recent advances related to the development of novel composite systems, thermomechanical models, computational schemes, design methodologies,and manufacturing aspects for advanced composite materials foraerospace applications. The book should serve as a reference to researchers and practitioners engaged in composites structures science and technology.