SAE International Offers Three-volume Book Set on Automotive Polymer Matrix Composite Materials

WARRENDALE, Pa., May 24, 2013 - SAE International offers a three-volume book set that includes critical properties of polymer matrix composite materials that meet specific data requirements, as well as guidelines for design, analysis, material selection, manufacturing, quality control, and repair.

“Composite Materials Handbook, Polymer Matrix Composites, Volumes 1, 2, and 3” or more commonly known as CMH-17, currently includes three titles covering polymer matrix composite materials:


- Volume 1: “Guidelines for Characterization of Structural Materials”


- Volume 2: “Materials Properties”


- Volume 3: “Materials Usage, Design, and Analysis”

Volume 1 contains guidelines for determining the properties of polymer matrix composite material systems and their constituents, as well as the properties of generic structural elements, including test planning, test matrices, sampling, conditioning, test procedure selection, data reporting, data reduction, statistical analysis, and other related topics. Special attention is given to the statistical treatment and analysis of data. Volume 1 contains guidelines for general development of material characterization data as well as specific requirements for publication of material data in CMH-17.

Volume 2 contains statistically-based data for polymer matrix composites that meets specific CMH-17 population sampling and data documentation requirements, covering material systems of general interest. Selected historical data from previous versions of the handbook that do not meet current data sampling, test methodology, or documentation requirements, but that still are of potential interest to industry are also included in this volume.

Volume 3 provides methodologies and lessons learned for the design, analysis, manufacture, and field support of fiber-reinforced, polymeric-matrix composite structures. It also provides guidance on material and process specifications and procedures for using the data that is presented in Volume 2. The information provided is consistent with the guidance provided in Volume 1, and is an extensive compilation of the current knowledge and experiences of engineers and scientists from industry, government, and academia who are active in composites.

Referred to by industry groups as CMH-17, “Composite Materials Handbook” contains more than 1,000 records of the latest test data for polymer matrix, metal matrix, ceramic matrix, and structural sandwich composites. CMH-17 includes critical properties of composite materials that meet specific data requirements as well as guidelines for design, analysis, material selection, manufacturing, quality control, and repair.

“Composite Materials Handbook Set Volumes 1, 2, and 3” also is available in the SAE Digital Library, offers engineers a powerful, web-based library of over 200,000 standards, technical papers, eBooks, digital magazines, and related publications from SAE International and other industry leading organizations.

Book details:


- Published By: SAE International
- Published: July 2012
- Pages: 2567
- Binding: Softbound
- Product Code: R-422.SET3
- ISBN: 978-0-7680-7823-7

Two additional volumes covering metal matrix composites are due to be published this summer by SAE International.

For more information, including free front and back matter, or to “Composite Materials Handbook Set Volumes 1, 2, and 3;”visit:

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

SAE International is a global association of more than 138,000 engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries. SAE International's core competencies are life-long learning and voluntary consensus standards development. SAE International's charitable arm is the SAE Foundation, which supports many programs, including A World In Motion® and the Collegiate Design Series™.


- -