Special Issue "Fibre-Reinforced Composites"


A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2011)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Volker Altstädt
Department of Polymer Engineering, University of Bayreuth, D-95447 Bayreuth, Germany
Website: http://www.bimf.uni-bayreuth.de/en/team/Altstaedt/index.html
E-Mail: volker.altstaedt@uni-bayreuth.de
Phone: +49 921 557470
Fax: +49 921 557473

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The light weight design potential of fibre reinforced polymer composites leads to increasing applications of these materials in various industrial sectors such as aerospace or automotive industry. Moreover, nowadays we observe the replacement of a number of conventional engineering materials thanks to the superior mass-specific mechanical performance and good processability of fibre reinforced polymers.

This potential can be further explored by combining the right components and the right processing techniques. This offers the possibility of tailoring the fibre reinforced composites performance in a very wide range, according to the respective requirements.

In this special issue the latest developments in the field of fibre reinforced polymeric composites are discussed. High performance continuous carbon-fibre reinforced thermosetting polymers as well as the mass produced and widespread short glass-fibre reinforced thermoplastics are here included. New material combinations like natural fibre reinforced polymers or continuous fibre reinforced thermoplastics are of increasing scientific interest. Furthermore novel trends related to the single components, like fibre and resin modification or textile processing techniques, e. g. performing, are covered.

But how do the processing, the single components and their interaction affect the final material`s properties? This special issue is based on the fundamental understanding of the processing-structure-properties-relationships in the field of fibre-reinforced polymers.

Prof. Dr. Volker Altstädt
Guest Editor


  • polymer matrix composites
  • preforming
  • processing
  • mechanical properties
  • fracture mechanics
  • fatigue
  • polymer
  • morphology
  • fibre length
  • interphase

Published Papers (3 papers)

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Materials 2011, 4(11), 1967-1984; doi:10.3390/ma4111967
Received: 1 September 2011; in revised form: 12 October 2011 / Accepted: 27 October 2011 / Published: 2 November 2011
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Materials 2011, 4(12), 2219-2230; doi:10.3390/ma4122219
Received: 1 November 2011; in revised form: 7 December 2011 / Accepted: 12 December 2011 / Published: 20 December 2011
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Materials 2012, 5(6), 1084-1113; doi:10.3390/ma5061084
Received: 10 April 2012; Accepted: 26 May 2012 / Published: 18 June 2012
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