Special Issue "Polymeric Composites Reinforced with Nanoparticles"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (24 February 2020).
Interests: composites; nanocomposites; finite elements; nondestructive techniques; mechanical testing; biomechanics
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During the last few years, polymer matrix composites have become one of the most interesting research fields due to their good specific properties. These materials are extensively used as metal substitutes in several applications, such as aircraft, automotive, aerospace, shipbuilding, civil construction, electronic devices, textiles, machinery, and inclusively under hard working conditions, due to their unique combination of properties. However, the polymeric matrix is the constituent with lower strength, and this disadvantage can be overcome with the inclusion of nanoparticles. The inclusion of a small percentage of nanoparticles, such as TiO2, Al2O3, ZnO, Ag, clay, CNTs, etc., in polymer matrices significantly increases the mechanical, thermal, and physical properties compared to pure resin. However, the agglomeration of nanoparticles during nanocomposites manufacture can decrease their mechanical properties. The formation of particle agglomerates during their inclusion into a polymeric matrix and their non-uniform dispersion have motivated research to find the best techniques, or to develop the existing ones, to avoid these problems. The curing agents used during nanocomposites manufacture can also have a significant influence on their mechanical properties and on their final cost.
In this context, this Special Issue intends to increase the state-of-the-art related with nano-enhanced resins and their manufacture processes. For this purpose, experimental and numerical studies are welcome.
It is my pleasure to invite you to publish your original research contributions and reviews in the Special Issue, ‘Polymeric Composite Reinforced with nanoparticles’, of Applied Sciences.
Dr. Ana Paula Betencourt Martins Amaro
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- curing agents
- mechanical testing
- mechanical properties
- nondestructive techniques
- polymer-matrix composites (PMCs)
- numerical evaluation.