About this Research Topic
Due to their superior properties, polymer composites have increasingly been used in a wide spectrum of applications, ranging from nano- and micro-semiconductor devices to space vehicles. Composite materials can be tailor-made by combining two or more different materials to achieve specific properties that cannot be obtained with the individual constituents. Although this is one of the most researched fields, it is continuously evolving with advances in new material systems, manufacturing techniques, modeling, as well as experimental methods.
An inherent challenge with manufacturing of laminated composite materials is to limit the development of residual stresses due to mismatch in effective properties of stacked laminas. A great deal of academic and industrial research is being conducted to address this problem by optimizing manufacturing process parameters using a combination of experimental and computational techniques. We invite submissions of research papers with novel findings in the area of composites manufacturing.
Another ever-growing research area concerned with composite materials is the prediction of their response under various loading conditions (e.g., quasi-static, dynamic, shock, free vibration, and temperature) using analytical, computational, and experimental techniques. Research papers with original findings in this area are welcomed.
Nanomaterials, such as carbon nanotubes and graphene, have evolved as revolutionary materials in last several decades with exceptional mechanical properties. Nanocomposites made by integrating such materials in polymer matrix systems can be game-changing for applications requiring high specific properties and multifunctional capabilities. Submissions in this area may include, but not limited to, modeling (e.g., molecular mechanics, quantum mechanics), experimental studies to determine effective properties of nanocomposites, characterization of fiber/matrix interface (e.g., interfacial binding energy, shear strength), multifunctional composites, 3-D printed composites, and design of new composite systems.
Dr. Priyal Shah works for the private company Advanced Micro Devices. Dr. Mohammad Albakri declares no competing interests with regards to the Research Topic subject.
Keywords: Polymer composites, manufacturing, nanocomposites, computational modeling, molecular mechanics, experimental mechanics
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