1500+ Pages of Free Composite Info!

Do you know where you can find 1500 pages of free information on composite materials?

The answer is MIL-HDBK-17. MIL-HDBK-17 is an awesome free resource that contains thousands of pages of information on composite materials. The main focus is on polymer matrix composites (PMC). Volumes one, two and three are all about PMC and contain guidelines for characterization, material properties and material usage/design guidelines.  Also, check out volumes four and five for info on MMC and CMC materials.

All information in the handbooks is US Government sponsored and in the “public domain” so the full pdf’s can be downloaded on many sites for free. One of my favorite sites for MIL-HDBK and other public domain technical document downloads is www.everyspec.com. I have answered many of my composite questions by searching the text of these resources.

Happy Reading! As a bonus, take a look at MIL-HDBK-5 for decades of metals material properties!