The Creating of a Design Handbook: A Case Study of Composite Materials
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In this thesis, the objective was to understand the influence of handbooks in the field of composite materials. The thesis consists of three different parts: background study, methodology and a case study provided by Excel Composites Plc. For the background study, were reviewed composites in general and their applications as well as the most common types of handbooks and manuals that are used in the business environment and overview their content and usability. The basic strategies for successful marketing were briefly reviewed to build the bridge between marketing theory and the business of composites. In addition to the background study, it was also studied how the structure and contents of different engineering design guides and material handbooks together with technical writing guides form a common baseline. The information obtained from the background study was used for the creating of the design handbook of composites. At the second part of the thesis, it was first presented and illustrated how the methodology of creating the design handbook of composites can be analyzed. The research for this part was done by studying different composite, design, and sizing handbooks. Also, a general survey was performed by interviewing people working in the field of composites and with the aid of the personnel of Exel Composites Plc. By the interview, the usefulness of handbooks and the basis of what kind of requirements the possible readers could have for the case study handbook’s content. The case study itself was conducted for Exel Composites Plc, a Finnish company specializing in pultruded composite materials. The company wanted to update the outdated design handbook to meet today's requirements. The content of the handbook is based on the previous studies of theoretical background and analyze of methodology. The thesis gave a lot of detailed information of various publications used in the industry, basics of marketing and composites.