Manufacturing defects as a cause of failure in polymer matrix composites

K. Potter*

*Corresponding author for this work

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4 Citations (Scopus)


This chapter considers the ways in which composite parts can deviate from their intended performance due to issues arising in design and manufacture. It covers the variability of manufacture and the interactions between design, materials and processes, and indicates the level of property reductions that can be experienced. It concludes with future trends in materials and manufacture.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFailure Mechanisms in Polymer Matrix Composites: Criteria, Testing and Industrial Applications
Number of pages27
ISBN (Print)9781845697501
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012


  • Defects
  • Design
  • Manufacture
  • Strength
  • Variability


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