Starting your research for design projects
- The site provides mechanical properties of some common fibers used in polymer composites
Use Advanced search in Google for Polymer Composite Fibers to refine your search using various options.
- Limit by latest web resources using 'Last Update' field
- Limit by PDF in 'File Type' field
- Limit by .Gov domain (or. edu, or .org domains) to obtain quality web resources
You will find web resources like
- FIBER-REINFORCED POLYMER COMPOSITE MATERIAL SELECTION NASA report on material selection for design
- Browse through various resources that you think are useful for your project.
- Specific information needs for engineering design projects During the course of your design project, you may need references from manufacturer’s product datasheets, application notes, and whitepapers.
Step 2: After this initial search, refer to our presentation and start using various electronic databases and books covered Note: Library Presentation - Library Resources Freshman Engineering Online books, Handbooks and Encyclopedias
- For example, searching in ENGnetBASE finds a chapter on Properties of Fibers and Yarns
- See Books 24×7 and Safari Tech Books for books on arduino robotics, computer science, software, database management, and operating systems, etc
- Knovel scientific online handbooks
- ASM Handbooks
- ebrary and NetLibrary Two extensive electronic book collections that cover many disciplines.
- There are a number of reference books available online. How can I find out which reference books are available from our Library’s web site?
Finding scholarly journal articles
- Try Summon to find books, articles and more. See also What is Summon? How can I use it? Click on Articles & More Tab in the Library Home page
- Searching in Engineering Village, finds a research paper like Cohesive zone model of carbon nanotube-coated carbon fiber/polyester composites from a journal titled 'Modelling and simulation in materials science and engineering'. This article was published in 2012.
Step 3. Patent Searching
- United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) The USPTO offers web access to bibliographic and full-text patent databases. These databases provide full-text of patents from 1976 to the present and full page images from 1790 to the present.
- See ‘What is Intellectual Property?’ in Frequently Asked Questions for Inventors
- Fresh Patents Provides access to the latest published US patent applications each week BEFORE the USPTO decision to grant/deny.
- pat2pdf.org Given a patent number, pat2pdf.org will return a free, pdf formated version of the patent.
- The Google Patent Search covers the entire collection of patents made available by the USPTO—from patents issued in the 1790s to present.
Step 4: Statistical Resources
- Science.gov Science.gov searches over 40 databases and over 2000 selected websites, offering 200 million pages of authoritative U.S. government science information, including research and development results.
- Statistical Resources on the Web from University of Michigan Library
Step 5: Catalogs and Components
- Google Product Search
- Globalspec: Engineering Search engine
- ThomasNet – a comprehensive resource for industrial information
Step 6: Citation Guidelines: