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Introduction to Automotive Composites B-RAP-002

Composites are being used more and more in the automotive industry, because of their strength, weight, quality and cost advantages. In 1998-1999, the Rover Group, in conjunction with the Warwick Manufacturing Group, devised a Composite Awareness course to further knowledge of composites. This book is an updated and expanded version of the course notes.

This book intends to give readers an appreciation of composites, materials properties, manufacturing technologies and the wider implications of using composites in the automotive sector. It will be useful for those already working with composites in automotive applications and for those who are considering using them in the future.

Sample contents include:

  • What composites are
  • Polymer chemistry and physics
  • General properties of composites
  • How composites are used in automobiles
  • Manufacturing with thermoset and thermoplastic composites
  • The future of composites
  • Design guidelines for composites


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