Volume 1 of 5
17 JUNE 2002
23 JANUARY 1997
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
COMPOSITE MATERIALS HANDBOOK
VOLUME 1. POLYMER MATRIX COMPOSITES
GUIDELINES FOR CHARACTERIZATION
OF STRUCTURAL MATERIALS
This handbook is for guidance only. Do not cite this document as a requirement.
DISTRIBUTION STATEMENT A. Approved for public release; distribution unlimited.
Volume 1, Foreword / Table of Contents
1. This Composite Materials Handbook Series, MIL-HDBK-17, are approved for use by all Departments
and Agencies of the Department of Defense.
2. This handbook is for guidance only. This handbook cannot be cited as a requirement. If it is, the con-
tractor does not have to comply. This mandate is a DoD requirement only; it is not applicable to the
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) or other government agencies.
3. Every effort has been made to reflect the latest information on polymer (organic), metal, and ceramic
composites. The handbook is continually reviewed and revised to ensure its completeness and cur-
rentness. Documentation for the secretariat should be directed to: Materials Sciences Corporation,
MIL-HDBK-17 Secretariat, 500 Office Center Drive, Suite 250, Fort Washington, PA 19034.
4. MIL-HDBK-17 provides guidelines and material properties for polymer (organic), metal, and ceramic
matrix composite materials. The first three volumes of this handbook currently focus on, but are not
limited to, polymeric composites intended for aircraft and aerospace vehicles. Metal matrix compos-
ites (MMC) and ceramic matrix composites (CMC), including carbon-carbon composites (C-C) are
covered in Volume 4 and Volume 5 , respectively.
5. This standardization handbook has been developed and is being maintained as a joint effort of the
Department of Defense and the Federal Aviation Administration.