New Composite Materials by Domenico Brigante, published by Springer in Nov. 2013, is a detailed review of materials, manufacturing processes, and applications of composites for reinforcement of construction. At a bit less than 200 pages, its breadth is perhaps more impressive than its depth, but this is a book packed with information for engineers and anyone else considering the use of composites for structural applications.
Its 9 chapters cover the process of using composites from the ground up. Chapters 1 and 2 review the materials: the different fibers, the different resins and other matrix materials, and the way they are composited.
Chapter 3 explores the choosing of a composite system, considering various properties of the systems and the applications.
Chapter 4 rounds up relevant standards from around the world.
Chapters 5, 6 and 7 discuss reinforcement of concrete, masonry, and steel structures, respectively.
Chapter 8, Characterization and Monitoring, discusses steps necessary to see that the constructed product lives up to the design, including inspection of the materials, and testing of a broad variety of properties.
Chapter 9, Application Techniques, discusses in specific the reinforcement of brick and cement floors, steel beam floors, RC columns, shear and bending reinforcement of concrete beams, masonry structures, masonry arches and vaults, and wooden bearing structures.
Chapter 10 offers brief discussions of ten actual reinforcement projects.
As an example of what can be found within a chapter, Chapter One’s roundup of fibers includes glass, carbon, basalt, aramid, steel, hybrid, and natural fibers, each getting a paragraph or two describing their properties, positive aspects, and drawbacks.
The book is available from the publisher as an e-book or in hardcover, as well as other places such as Amazon.
From the back cover:
This timely volume presents a range of critical topics on the use of composite materials in civil engineering; industrial, commercial, and residential structures; and historic buildings. Structural strengthening techniques based on composite materials, including, but not limited to, fiber-reinforced polymers, fiber-reinforced glasses, steel-reinforced polymers, and steel-reinforced glasses represent a practice employed internationally and have become an important component in the restoration of buildings impacted by natural hazards and other destructive forces. New Composite Materials: Selection, Design, and Application stands as a highly relevant and diverse effort, distinct from other technical publications dealing with building issues. The book focuses extensively on characterization of techniques employed for structural restoration and examines in detail an assortment of materials such as concrete, wood, masonry, and steel.
This book also:
Provides engineers and architects a lucid explanation of how to easily design an innovative system of structural reinforcement with composite materials
Presents detail for readers to readily assess the feasibility of reinforcement applications
Includes a section for construction managers written to facilitate installation of composite structural reinforcement materials with maximum efficiency and cost-benefit
Features many examples of applications and construction details to help engineers and architects realize their projects
Offers a comparative analysis among various international technical standards