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John Delmonte - Book Cover Details

From book jacket of ‘Origins of Materials and Processes’

by John Delmonte

The career of John Delmonte has spanned half a century, closely paralleling the years of man’s greatest advances in materials science. As a materials engineer, his major career achievements have centered on the ever-expanding technology of modern-day plastics. These achievements include numerous patents, awards, and publications.

Books which bear John Delmonte’s name include: ‘Metal Filled Plastics’ – Reinhold Publishing Company, ‘Plastics in Engineering’ [three editions] – Penton, ‘Plastics Molding’ – Wiley & Sons, ‘Technology of Adhesives’ – Reinhold, ‘Technology of C/G Fiber Composites’ – Van Nostrand Reinhold, ‘Origins of Materials and Processes’ – Technomic Publishing Company, Inc.

Mr. Delmonte has been active both as a member and officer in many professional societies, including California Institute of Technology Associates, Los Angeles World Affairs Council, Plastics Hall of Fame [elected 1976], The Society of the Plastics Industry, Society of Plastics Engineers, Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering, where he is a Fellow, American Chemical Society, American Society for Testing Metals, Rotary International, Adventures Club, Plastics Pioneers, and the Explorer’s Club [New York City].

Now Chairman of the Board of Delsen Testing Laboratories in Glendale, California, Mr. Delmonte was formerly president of Furane Plastics, Inc., in Los Angeles. He earned his B.S. degree at New York University, College of Engineering, and an M.S. at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has a Certificate in Archaeology from UCLA, 1984. His early career was in research at The Naval Aircraft Factory, Philadelphia; Sunbeam Electric Company in Chicago; and The Plastics Industries Technical Institute in Los Angeles. His career as president of Furane Plastics covered twenty-five years, during which time he built Furane into on of the leading specialty plastic resin companies in the world.

The last few years have permitted Mr. Delmonte and his wife, Janet, more time to devote to research and writing, directed particularly towards identifying materials resources throughout the world, and the processes which introduced them into our cultural activities. The Delmontes have travelled to rarely-visited areas all over the world, including the Burma/China border, the ‘Stone Forest’ near Kunming, as well as more accessible sites all over Europe, the Near East, and Australia, where they examined aboriginal care art. Their travels reflect the emphasis I ‘Origins of Materials and processes’ on how all of the early material resources were employed by prehistoric man-and the use of modern age dating techniques to establish temporal relationships with today’s society.

As he has devoted the first fifty years of his life to the advancement of materials science, so does John Delmonte now devote his efforts to addressing the many questions concerning the source of materials, how those materials were first used and by whom, and how they have been altered by man.


From book jacket of ‘Technology of Carbon and Graphite Fiber Composites’ 

by John Delmonte

The use of carbon and graphite fiber composites as structural materials is growing at a rapid rate. Aside from their invaluable aero-space applications, advanced composites have excellent potential for uses in the automotive and sporting goods industries, as well as in other areas. But because of new developments in fiber manufacturing technology and the appearance of new improved resin matrices, many of the earlier scientific studies on the subject are obsolete. Technology of Carbon and Graphite Fiber Composites is the first book to respond to the growing need for a completely up-to-date technical overview of these increasingly valuable materials-their properties, their basic uses, and their potential applications.

Delmonte offers a step-by-step examination of the qualities, characteristics, advantages, and disadvantages of carbon and graphite fiber composites. He clearly analyzes resin binders of advanced composite materials and their reinforcing fibers and non-resin binders such as metal matrices, as well as hybrid structures involving multiple fibers and resins.

Comprehensive coverage is provided of every aspect of the latest carbon and graphite fiber technology. Some of the invaluable topics discussed are the latest synthetic resins, special technology for high modulus fibers, conductivity and shielding characteristics for use in machine design, behavior or advanced composites in environmental extremes, and quality control measures for handling carbon and graphite fibers and their prepregs.

Other special features of the book include up-to-date analyses of the electrical properties of carbon and graphite fibers, as well as of environmental behavior. Offering a novel and very functional examination of advanced composites, chapter headings categorize them by their temperature performance.

The author’s basic patent survey and descriptions of key patents in the field provide invaluable details to anyone concerned with preparing and using carbon fibers. Delmonte also provides you with the benefit of his personal experience in adapting advanced composites to aerospace applications, as well as in such areas as resin matrices and their processing and failure analyses of composite structures.

Engineers, industrial managers, and other professionals will benefit tremendously from this all-encompassing volume on carbon and graphite fiber composites.


About the author…

John Delmonte is an established consultant in the plastics field. He is currently chairman of the Board of Directors of Delsen Testing Labs and has also written and taught extensively on plastics. Some of Mr. Delmonte’s many accomplishments include serving as president of Furane Plastics, Inc. for 25 years, developing the first course in plastics ever taught in the U.S., publishing five books and 400 articles on plastics, and acquiring 15 U.S patents. He is a member of the Plastics Hall of Fame [Society of Plastic Industry], and is active the Society of Plastic Engineers [SPE], American Chemical Society [ACS], American Society of Testing Materials [ASTM], and Society for Advancement of Materials and Process Engineering [SAMPE].

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