This book covers micro and macro aspects of toughened composites covering polymer matrix, metal matrix, ceramic matrix and nanomatrix. It gives the reader understanding of composite fabrication, construction, and lightweight yet high crack resistance performance, macroscopic testing supported by microscopic bonding and debonding features, models of stress transfer, and commercial features of developing cheaper yet high-quality materials.


  • Focuses on micro and macro aspects of toughening methods and principles of composite materials.
  • Includes all types of composites including polymer matrix, metal matrix, ceramic matrix and nanomatrix.
  • Covers corrosion resistance and oxidation resistance as well as solubility resistance.
  • Discusses the use of recycled materials.
  • Provides a good balance of long fibre, short fibre, nanoparticle and particulate modifiers.

This book aims at researchers and professionals in materials science, composite materials, fracture mechanics, materials characterization and testing, properties and mechanics, nanomaterials, aerospace and automotive engineering and structural engineering.

chapter 1|14 pages


In situ SEM Identification of High-Resolution Crack Tip Micro-Deformation in Some Polymer Matrix Materials

chapter 7|19 pages

Matrices for Composite Materials

Polymers, Metals, Ceramics, and Cements

chapter 15|14 pages

Self-Healing Composites

Capsule- and Vascular-Based Extrinsic Self-Healing Systems

chapter 18|14 pages

Toughening of Polymers