Ramesh Talreja is Professor of Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M University. He earned his Ph.D. and Doctor of Technical Sciences degrees from the Technical University of Denmark and has since contributed extensively to the fields of damage, fatigue and failure of composite materials, authoring numerous books and editing several encyclopaedic works.
1. Introduction; 2. Damage and failure-mechanisms and definitions; 3. Fatigue mechanisms; 4. Modeling of damage; 5. Damage mechanics; 6. Damage evolution and fatigue life prediction; 7. Materials aspects- polymer matrix composites; 8. Structural aspects-notched composites; 9. Fatigue testing.