About the Book
The 19 papers collected in this volume summarise my twenty-five years of research on interface and interphase carried out while I was employed in industrial Research and Development laboratories. Much of the performance of fibre-reinforced polymer composites is defined by the structure and properties of the fibre-matrix interface region in these composites. The study of adhesion in this interface region can be divided into three general question or challenges.
1) How best to measure and characterise the level of adhesion?
2) Understanding what controls, and how to optimise, the level of adhesion.
3) Relating that level of adhesion to macroscopic composite performance.
The research conducted throughout my career has addressed all three of these issues at some point and so the papers is this volume will address aspects in all three of these categories.
Professor Jim Thomason is an internationally-recognized scientist known for his research into glass fibres and reinforced composites structure-performance relationships. He has had 25 years experience in the research laboratories of two major materials multinationals (Shell Chemicals and Owens Corning Fibreglass), involving extensive fundamental research and development of glass fibre sizes and coatings for enhanced composite performance. He has published more than 200 articles and holds 5 patents in composites technology. In 2007 Jim was appointed Professor of Advanced Materials and Composites at the University of Strathclyde. He is currently applying his experience from both sides of the Industry-Academia interface to build the Advanced Composites Group whose mission is to provide fundamental scientific and industrially relevant research understanding of reinforced polymer composites. He is still highly active in the field of sizes and interfaces in glass fibre reinforced composites.