Written for the undergraduate student as well as the practicing engineer, the emphasis of this book is on practicality and design, not only through numerical examples, but also through explanations of the material.  Providing the main tools used for preliminary design of composites, this concise text covers all the design aspects, including fiber and matrix selection, fabrication processes, prediction of material properties, and structural analysis of beams, plates, shells and external strengthening of concrete structures, flowing seamlessly from sophomore-level mechanics of materials.

Powerful preliminary design tools such as "carpet plots" are used in examples throughout the book. Accompanying software is provided.

Chapters 1 to 7 provide the core for an undergraduate course on Composite Materials, not just on mechanics of composites, but on all aspects of material selection, fabrication process selection, material property estimation, structural analysis and preliminary design. Chapters 8 to 13 provide more advanced treatment of topics to support design projects chosen by the instructor to target specific audiences such as Aerospace, Civil, or Mechanical Engineering. Also, Chapters 8 to 13 can be used for standalone course on "Structural Composites Design" to follow the introductory course.

Targeted to the undergraduate audience; the only pre-requisite is sophomore mechanics of materials. The textbook explicitly shuns tensors and other graduate level math requirements to make it accessible to undergraduate students. It includes design content, not just analysis. Recognizing student’s desire to design, rather than just analyze, the textbook emphasizes design situations through examples and specific content such as design for reliability, carpet plots, and so on.

Includes comprehensive treatment of all the design aspects, such as fiber and matrix selection, fabrication process selection, material properties, structural analysis and design supported by available software.

This second edition includes the most up-to-date content available, including more and newer predictive equations, Mohr-Coulomb criterion, in-situ strength, damage, textile/fabric-reinforced composites, and broader coverage of new markets such as strengthening of concrete structures.

The pedagogy is based on the inductive teaching method, starting with simple examples and progressing in complexity towards general cases.