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Competition Car Composites: A Practical Guide [Hardcover]

Brian O'Rouke , Simon McBeath
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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Haynes Manuals Inc; 2nd edition edition (21 Feb 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1859606245
  • ISBN-13: 978-1859606247
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 17.5 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 636,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The use of "composites" is now an essential element in the construction of competition cars so it is important that's those involved in the sport have an understanding of what they are, and how they can be employed. This is a practical guide to all main aspects of composite fibre reinforced plastic manufacturing techniques with emphasis on the methods and materials that can be used in the home workshop. It is intended as a reference for competition drivers, amateur designers and constructors as well as those who make, modify or repair components, both for competition cars and road vehicles.

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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
If you want to make your own composites body parts or wings, you need this book. Obviously one of the best book on the subject, with many pictures showing step by step how to make moulds and parts.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars get yourself a nice warm garden shed 4 Nov 2004
you'll need it with this book. very practical. repeats a lot of the things over and over but i actually like that because i dislike having to flick too many pages to find the steps i forget. like dancing lessons. you have to repeat the steps over and over.
goes into the properties of the materials, layups, different resins etc. from this you could probably start work on your Lamborghini Countach replica. Just get yourself a shed first to do all the work!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost perfect for the beginner 15 Dec 2009
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I bought this book with the intention to look into making Carbon Fibre bits and pieces for my motorbike and anything else I could think of.
I haven't done any GRP or CF work in the past so I was purely reading this book as trying to understand how difficult the process is and what's required to do something. This book gives excellent insight to the process and the materials. It is really complete and for me it shows me how much work is behind one of those tiny carbon fibre pieces you can find here and there.
I would have given it the five star rating if the book would be up to date. One can see that the material is a bit old, and that prices etc. have changed. If the book would be updated it would be absolutely perfect. The process, however, has not changed and is actually up to date, so for that part of the information everything is fine.
A good book if you're looking into some amateur-getting-started-with-carbon-fibre-reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Scary serious reading 4 Jun 2013
By Balzs
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It is hard to writte a review about this book.
I believe so,there it is extremly good reading,i could not put it down.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book on composites for any home-workshop application 14 Nov 2001
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This is a great book for learning about working with composites out of the home workshop whatever you're doing. Although the title of the book is "Competition Car Composites," only the last chapter deals specifically with the auto racing field. The book is broken down into chapters dealing with the materials used in composites, the tools and equipment, the methods, etc. There is also a chapter that talks about the equipment available to industry and professionals.
36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definetly a Practical Guide 20 Oct 2001
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Simon McBeaths book clearly explains the different fabrics and outlines the equipment and procedures to start experimenting with composites yourself. The equipment assumes you are working out of the home shop, though there is a chapter on expensive industrial techniques. The book is a little on the wordy side for quick reference when working on a project.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good intro to advanced composites 8 Mar 2006
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There aren't too many good books on the fabrication and repair of structures that use high modulus fibers like Carbon and Kevlar, modern core materials, and high performance resins. While this British title "goes on a bit" and is not for the illiterate, it does an excellent job of walking you through the process of building and repairing parts that would not be out of place on any track in the country. It will also be useful to airplane and boat builders.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book 3 July 2007
By SPRIANU Constantin - Published on
This is a very good book to buy if you are interested in composites. It explains in detail the principles behind the fibre reinforced resins, the materials used and the different laminating techniques, from the very basic to the most complex ones. The explanations are written in a language that everyone could understand even if the reader has never heard of composites before reading this book. A must have.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great practical guide 24 Mar 2008
By Terrence P. Kane - Published on
An excellent introduction and guidebook for anyone interested in making their own fiber reinforced composites.
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