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A strong feature of the book is the use of a large number of worked-out examples, which are extremely useful in reinforcing the principles presented in the book and expanding on the concepts. … the Third Edition has been expanded to include a number of new topics, as well as new worked-out examples, homework problems, figures, references and an appendix on matrix concepts and operations. … Extensive references to classical and historical publications as well as current journal articles are included in each chapter and provide additional information on topics discussed. Overall, this book is essential reading and highly recommended to all engineering students, researchers and practicing engineers working with composite materials.
—Dr. Maria Kashtalyan, The Aeronautical Journal, May 2012

Mechanics of composite materials is important to understand the particular behavior of composites, such as anisotropy and inhomogeneity, which are different from conventional materials. Professor Ron Gibson provides a comprehensive textbook to cover the basic concept of anisotropy and inhomogeneity of composites as well as the state-of-art issues such as dynamic behavior, fracture and testing. Many worked-out examples and homework problems are most useful for readers to understand the basic concepts to be used in practical applications of composites. Such knowledge is essential for advanced composite materials to be further applied to lightweight structures successfully.
—Nobuo Takeda, University of Tokyo, Japan

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Ronald F. Gibson is a distinguished research professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Nevada-Reno. He is an elected fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, an elected fellow and past president of the American Society for Composites, and a member of the American Society for Engineering Education, the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics, the Society for Experimental Mechanics, and the Society for Advancement of Material and Process Engineering. He earned a Ph.D. in mechanics from the University of Minnesota. His current research interests include mechanical characterization of composite materials and structures, noise and vibration control with composites, design and manufacturing of composite structures, characterization of energy-absorbing materials, multifunctional composites, and nanocomposites.

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it is a high-level textbook 5 Sept. 2012
By Ms Sun Ling Yu - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I've just read most of the chapters to prepare my lecture on composite material for students. I think it is a high-level textbook for graduate students and teachers. We are interested in the dynamic behavior and fracture performance of composite, as well as the experiment part, they are very useful for our research. I also found some new topics are included, such as the nanofibers and nanotubes, particulates, and multi-scale reinforcements. My students think its English is very fluent and easy to understand for foreign students.
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A comprehensive book on mechanics of composite materials 12 Mar. 2013
By Madurai Sankaran - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The third edition of Principles of Composite Material Mechanics by Professor Ronald Gibson is a comprehensive book on the subject. Although the book's primary focus is mechanics of composites, Professor Gibson provides enough material science aspects to better understand the mechanics principles. The book has been used by the reviewer as a textbook for an undergraduate course as well as for an introductory graduate level course in composites. In fact the book has enough material for two courses including an advanced graduate level class. The book has plenty of example problems and exercise problems that make it an ideal textbook. The use of chopped fiber composites have increased in recent years. A separate chapter in this third edition covers stiffness and strength analysis of discontinuously reinforced composites. Recent developments in the effects of including nano-fibers and nano-tubes have been included in this chapter. The chapter on fracture begins with introduction to basic principles of fracture mechanics and then extends to composite materials including delamination. The chapter on mechanical testing describes various ASTM standards and test fixtures used in measuring composite properties. Finite element model for micro-mechanics is an important addition to the book as more and more researchers use FEA for micro-mechanical analysis. Overall the third edition of Principles of Composite Material Mechanics is an excellent textbook as well as a reference for practicing engineers.
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Up-to-date book for both professionals and students 16 Dec. 2012
By srinivasa thoppul - Published on
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The book Principles of Composite Material Mechanics by R.F. Gibson is probably one of the best books for composite material analysis for both professionals and students. I own several books in composites and so far this is the book I believe is most advanced and up-to-date, starting from basic concepts of an effective modulus of an equivalent homogenous material to the analysis of linear viscoelastic and dynamic behavior of composites. The book also provides a comprehensive chapter on mechanical testing of composites and their constituents. This book can be used for both undergraduate and graduate classes by choosing the right topics.

I used this book as graduate student and I continue to use it today as a technical specialist in an aerospace company. The book is easy to follow and for the most part provides with the formulation of most of the equations cover in the book. Over all I would recommend this text to anyone interested in learning the basics as well as advanced topics in laminated composite analysis. This book contains a lot of theoretical and experimental data, solved problems and problems for the reader to solve and also lots of enlightening illustrations and figures. The most impressive feature of the book is the wealth of new reference citations throughout the text, which is very useful for graduate students to search research topics
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This book is great material for people who want to study composite material mechanics 17 Dec. 2012
By Jaesoon Jang - Published on
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This book is great material for people who want to study composite material mechanics, such as university senior undergraduates or graduate level students or those in composite related sciences. I have read and referred a lot of composite books for my research and studies. Among them, I believe this book is very well explained and makes it easy to follow composite material mechanics. Especially, the fact that it covers a broad range of material from state of the art composite mechanics to classical composite mechanics makes it a good reference. For example, it includes current state of the art composites technology and research findings and recent applications of composite mechanics, such as particulate composites, nanocomposites and multi-scale composites. It also includes numerical analysis modeling and experiments for composite materials. As a result, I would highly recommend this book.
Great Reference Book 4 Mar. 2014
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This book is a great reference and introduction into the complexities of composite material. I would highly recommend to anyone interested in the field of engineered composites.
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