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Competition Car Composites: A Practical Guide [Hardcover]

Simon McBeath
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May 6 2000 Haynes competition car series
The use of 'composites' is now an essential element in the construction of competition cars, so it is important that those involved in the sport have a thorough understanding of what they are, and how they can be employed. This practical guide covers all aspects of composite fiber reinforced plastic manufacturing techniques: wet and dry laminating techniques; pattern making and constructing moulds; material upgrades; vacuum consolidation and elevated temperature cure; pre-peg fabrics in the home workshop, and more. A valuable source of reference.

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Simon McBeath is a well-respected writer on practical motorsport subjects and a successful long-time competitor in sprints and hillclimbs. He runs his own composite aerofoil design and production company, and is Press Officer for the Gurston Down hillclimb venue. He lives near Blandford in Dorset, England.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
This is a great book for learning about working with composites out of the home workshop whatever you're doing. Although the title of the book is "Competition Car Composites," only the last chapter deals specifically with the auto racing field. The book is broken down into chapters dealing with the materials used in composites, the tools and equipment, the methods, etc. There is also a chapter that talks about the equipment available to industry and professionals.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Definetly a Practical Guide Oct. 20 2001
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Simon McBeaths book clearly explains the different fabrics and outlines the equipment and procedures to start experimenting with composites yourself. The equipment assumes you are working out of the home shop, though there is a chapter on expensive industrial techniques. The book is a little on the wordy side for quick reference when working on a project.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book on composites for any home-workshop application Nov. 14 2001
By Carlin R. Buchanan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is a great book for learning about working with composites out of the home workshop whatever you're doing. Although the title of the book is "Competition Car Composites," only the last chapter deals specifically with the auto racing field. The book is broken down into chapters dealing with the materials used in composites, the tools and equipment, the methods, etc. There is also a chapter that talks about the equipment available to industry and professionals.
36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definetly a Practical Guide Oct. 20 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Simon McBeaths book clearly explains the different fabrics and outlines the equipment and procedures to start experimenting with composites yourself. The equipment assumes you are working out of the home shop, though there is a chapter on expensive industrial techniques. The book is a little on the wordy side for quick reference when working on a project.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good intro to advanced composites March 7 2006
By R. Young - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
There aren't too many good books on the fabrication and repair of structures that use high modulus fibers like Carbon and Kevlar, modern core materials, and high performance resins. While this British title "goes on a bit" and is not for the illiterate, it does an excellent job of walking you through the process of building and repairing parts that would not be out of place on any track in the country. It will also be useful to airplane and boat builders.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book July 2 2007
By SPRIANU Constantin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is a very good book to buy if you are interested in composites. It explains in detail the principles behind the fibre reinforced resins, the materials used and the different laminating techniques, from the very basic to the most complex ones. The explanations are written in a language that everyone could understand even if the reader has never heard of composites before reading this book. A must have.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great practical guide March 24 2008
By Terrence P. Kane - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
An excellent introduction and guidebook for anyone interested in making their own fiber reinforced composites.
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