Technology Convergence in Composites Applications

Proceedings of the ACUN-2/International Composites Conference, February 5-9, 2001, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Editors: Sri Bandyopadhyay, N. Gowripalan, and Noel Drayton


ISBN: 0-7334-0791-9, 2001, 584 pages, 8×11.5, soft cover


  • New developments in composite materials technology from Australia, USA, Canada and other Pacific countries
  • Emphasis on new technology for currently important applications
  • Unique resource of materials technology not available from other sources

The annual ACUN International Conference Meeting features reports on new developments in composite materials technology related to major applications. These application areas include civil engineering structures (infrastructure), automotive and other ground transportation, and industrial structures and equipment. Most of the authors are materials specialists from Australia, Canada and the US, and other Pacific Rim countries.

Sponsors include the Composites Institute of Australia, ASM International, NASA Center for Aerospace Research, the Canadian Association for Composite Structures and Materials, and the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Affordability of Technologies

  • Technology Convergence and Opportunities for Composites Affordability

Cementitious Composites

  • High-Performance Fibre-Reinforced Cementitious Composites for Retrofitting
  • Development and Application of the Surface-Treated Cement Concrete Composite by Thermosetting Resin for Precast Concrete Products

Civil and Infrastructure Technology

  • CARBOSTRAP–Advanced Composite Tendons
  • Repair and Retrofit of Steel and Concrete Beam–Column Joints for Moment Frames Using Composites–An Experimental Study
  • Strength of Circular Concrete Columns Confined by Fibre Reinforced Polymer Composites
  • Full Scale Test of Structures Strengthened with CFRP: Strengthening of a Railroad Bridge
  • Debonding in FRP Plated RC Beams Induced by Intermediate Cracking
  • Numerical Analysis of Concrete under Multiaxial Compression
  • Optimization of Pultruded GFRP Beams Bonded with CFRP Plates
  • The Feasibility of a Composite Highway Bridge
  • An Innovative Polymer Composites Repair and Retrofit System for Reinforced Concrete Moment Connections in Seismic Zones
  • Right Angle Fibre Composite Joints for Civil Engineering Applications
  • Compressive Strength of Composite Jacketed Concrete-Filled Steel Tubular Columns
  • Behaviour of High Strength Concrete Columns Confined with Helices
  • Development of a New Fibre Composite Beam
  • An Application on the Rehabilitation of a Concrete Structure by Externally Bonded FRP Reinforcement
  • Pylons Made of High-Strength Spun Concrete and Prestressed with Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic for High Power Transmission Lines
  • Designing FRP and Steel Plated Reinforced Concrete Beams and Slabs for Strength, Ductility and Peeling Resistance

Damage Detection and Control Technology

  • Barrier to Insertion of Damage Models in Composite Structural Design and Possible Remedies
  • Critical Appraisal of the Application of Damage Mechanics to Composites
  • Increasing Delamination Resistance of Composites by Z-Fibre Pinning
  • Coupling the Theory of Viscoelasticity Continuum Damage Mechanics to Model the Time Dependent Behaviour of Fibre Reinforced Plastics and Particulate Composites
  • Assessment of Damaged Reinforced Concrete Structures Using Fuzzy Logic
  • X-Ray Microtomography of Composite Materials

Degradation Prevention Technology

  • Aqueous Environment Related Moisture Kinetics and Durability of E-Glass/Vinyl Ester Composites
  • Investigation of Environmental Effects on Pultruded E-Glass/Vinyl Ester Composites

Fracture Mechanisms

  • Fracture Behaviour of Short Glass Fibre and Short Carbon Fibre Reinforced Polypropylene Composites
  • On the Essential Fracture Work of Polymers Containing Short Glass Fibres
  • Numerical Simulation of Elastic-Plastic Interlaminar Crack Propagation in Interlayer-Toughened Composite Materials

Industry Development Technology

  • Ashland High Performance Epoxy Vinyl Ester Resins (EVERs) with Improved Processing
  • Composites for Chemical and Fuel Storage
  • Towards Technology Readiness of Fibre Metal laminates
  • Profits, Composites and Production

Joining Technology

  • Bolted Joints in Composite Structures: Issues and Challenges

Manufacturing Technology

  • Quality Control Starts at the Interface and Continues Through Flow During Processing
  • Robotic Drilling of Carbon Fibre
  • Continuous Manufacturing Technology for Manufacture of FRP Pipes with Joints
  • The Concept of Technology Quality Prediction for Manufacturing of Precision Engineering Structures Made of Composite Materials
  • Strategies for Automated Manufacture of Advanced Composite Aerospace
  • Design of Actively Controlled Mould Filling Schemes for RTM
  • Precision Fibre Placement to Improve Strength and Stiffness: A Design and Manufacturing Solution

Materials Science and Technology

  • Joining Dissimilar Ceramics and Ceramic Composites for Biomedical and Structural Applications
  • The Influence of Meso-Scale Structure on Some Composite Properties
  • Nanocomposites of Polystyrene and Layered Clay Minerals
  • Aluminum Oxide/Amorphous Carbon Coating on Carbon Fibres
  • Structure Characterization of Titania Blended Hydroxyapatite Coatings Deposited by HVOF
  • A Ceramic-Polymer Functionally Graded Material: A Material with Potential as a Spinal Disk Prosthesis
  • A Novel method to determine the Moisture Concentration in Composite Laminates

Mechanical Characterization Technology

  • Mechanical Properties of Polymerization Compounding UHMWPE/Kevlar Pulp Composites
  • Behaviour of Carbon Fibre Reinforced Vinyl Ester Resin Composite Under Impact Fatigue
  • Buckling Analysis of Composite Doubly-Curved Panels under Thermo-Mechanical Loading
  • Mechanical Properties of GRP Composites with Localized Thermal Damage
  • Flow Simulation of Injected Pultrusion
  • Application of FEM on the Free Vibration of laminated Composite Conoidal Shell

Polymer Matrix Technology

  • Curing Kinetics of a Modified Bismaleimide
  • Dielectric Monitoring of Resin Cure and Resin Flow in Composites
  • Prediction versus Reality in Aerospace Composite Ageing Studies
  • Short Melamine Fibre Filled EPDM Rubber Composites
  • Atomic Force Microscopy Studies of Short Melamine Fibre Reinforced EPDM Rubber

Natural Fibre or Matrix Composites

  • Air Cured Sisal Strand Reinforced Cement Sheet
  • The Static Dynamic Mechanical Properties of Banana and Glass Fibre Woven Fabric Reinforced Polyester Composite
  • Accelerated Weathering Effects of Oil Palm Fibre Reinforced Phenol Formaldehyde Composites
  • Natural Bast Fibre Structure

Repair Technology

  • The Use of Advanced Composites in the Replacement of Ageing Metal Aircraft Structure
  • Resin Infusion Repair of Delaminated GRP Structures

Road and Pavement Technology

  • Evaluation of the Performance of AC Pavements in Local Urban Roads
  • Cracks–Their Characteristics, Behaviour and Effects on Asphalt Concrete Composites

Sensors and Smart Technology

  • Active Fibre Composite Sensors and Actuators
  • Transduction Characteristics of Adhesively Bonded Piezoelectric Transmitter and Receiver Elements
  • Computer Modelling Investigation on Smart Composites Using Phase Angle and Impedance Data at Different Frequencies
  • Prediction of the Thermal Conductivity of Continuous Fibre-Reinforced Composites

Tutorial Notes

  • How to Most Effectively Join Composite Structures

Additional Papers

  • Damage Detection and Control Technology
  • Pre-Impact Damage Assessment Using X-Ray Tomography of SiC Tile Encapsulated in Discontinuously Reinforced Aluminum Metal Matrix Composite
  • Polymer Composites Technology Diffusion Program

Modelling Technology

  • A Model for Predicting the Behaviour of Bridge Columns with Lap-Slice Reinforcement under Shear Loading

Author Index


ISBN: 0-7334-0791-9, 2001, 584 pages, 8×11.5, soft cover


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