WIT Press

Optimal Selection Of Composite Materials In Mechanical Engineering Design

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/CP940101

Volume

4

Pages

8

Published

1994

Size

795 kb

Author(s)

K.L. Edwards, C.A. Abel & M.F. Ashby

Abstract

Optimal selection of composite materials in mechanical engineering design K.L. Edwards, C.A. Abel, M.F. Ashby Engineering Design Centre, University of Cambridge, Department of Engineering, Trumpington Street, Cambridge, CB2 1PZ, UK ABSTRACT A method is described for the optimal selection of composite materials based on: performance indices to define material performance, materials selection charts on to which the material properties and performance indices can be plotted and the use of bounds to define the envelope of properties accessible to a particular material. Weighting factors are also introduced as a means of compensating for the relative effect and importance of performance index groups. The method makes use of a computer implementation. To demonstrate the method, a case study is described that investigates the feasibility of using composite materials for commercial printing-press cylinders. INTRODUCTION Selecting appropriate materials is an important part of the desi

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