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SAE International Adds Two New Titles to Composite Materials (CMH-17) Book Series

WARRENDALE, Pa., Sept. 12, 2013 - Metal matrix composites and structural sandwich composites are the topics of the two newest titles in SAE International’s Composite Materials Handbook (CMH-17) series.

Composite Materials Handbook Volume 4: Metal Matrix Composites” includes properties on metal matrix composite material systems for which data meeting the specific requirements of the handbook are available. In addition, it provides selected guidance on other technical topics related to this class of composites, including material selection, material specification, processing, characterization testing, data reduction, design, analysis, quality control, and repair of typical metal matrix composite materials.

Composite Materials Handbook Volume 6: Structural Sandwich Composites is an update to the cancelled Military Handbook 23, which was prepared for use in the design of structural sandwich polymer composites, primarily for flight vehicles. The information presented includes test methods, material properties, design and analysis techniques, fabrication methods, quality control and inspection procedures, and repair techniques for sandwich structures in military and commercial vehicles.

The Composite Materials Handbook, referred to by industry groups as CMH-17, is a six-volume engineering reference tool that contains over 1,000 records of the latest test data for polymer matrix, metal matrix, ceramic matrix, and structural sandwich composites. CMH-17 provides information and guidance necessary to design and fabricate end items from composite materials. It includes properties of composite materials that meet specific data requirements as well as guidelines for design, analysis, material selection, manufacturing, quality control, and repair.

SAE International published the first three volumes in the CMH-17 series in July 2012:


- “Volume 1: Polymer Matrix Composites: Guidelines for Characterization of Structural Materials


- “Volume 2: Polymer Matrix Composites: Materials Properties


- “Volume 3: Polymer Matrix Composites: Materials Usage, Design, and Analysis

New Books’ Details:
Volume 4: Metal Matrix Composites
ISBN: 978-0-7680-7814-5
Product Code: R-425
Published By: SAE International
Published: September 2013
Pages: 450
Binding: Softbound

Volume 6: Structural Sandwich Composites
ISBN: 978-0-7680-7816-9
Product Code: R-427
Published By: SAE International
Published: September 2013
Pages: 352
Binding: Softbound

To request electronic review copies of these books, email Forward published reviews to Shawn Andreassi at or SAE International, 400 Commonwealth Dr., Warrendale PA, 15096-0001, or to receive a print copy of the book or another equivalent SAE International book.

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