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Smart Textiles for in Situ Structural Health Monitoring of Composites

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Chemical and Molecular Sciences".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2019) | Viewed by 3092

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Interests: flexible sensors and actuators; smart and e-textiles; modelling
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Dear Colleagues,

Smart textiles, incorporating electronics combined with textiles called textronics, have a very promising role in science and technology nowadays because of their commercial viability, and public interests. Smart textiles are assisting the textile industry in its transformation into a competitive knowledge driven industry.

On the other side, materials composed of two or more distinct phases (matrix phase and dispersed or reinforcing phase) and having bulk properties significantly different from those of any of the constituents are defined as composite materials. Composite materials can be adapted to the intended application area and conceived according to the desired mechanical performance of the structure. Due to this fact, composite materials find broad potential in structural applications. Structural composite materials are being developed in many different domains such as aeronautics, railway, marine, automotive, and civil engineering, and any other domains where specific mechanical properties related to weight are important.

The main objectives regarding the development of a new generation of composite structures are twofold. The first objective targets the development of monitoring devices and systems that able to follow and optimize composites’ manufacturing processes such as reinforcements production, stamping methods, resin infusion, etc., in order to guarantee composites’ best possible mechanical properties. The second objective aims to introduce a sensing mechanism in composites to measure in-situ local damages and deformations in real time. In the context of textile materials, these sensors should be compatible with the reinforcement and its manufacturing process. Moreover, any sensor that follows the geometry of the reinforcement is expected to follow the deformation pattern when the composite is subjected to stresses. Strategically located, in-situ sensors can also give useful information about the deformation pattern of the reinforcement inside the composite during loading.

Therefore, we invite authors to contribute original research or reviews to this Special Issue
"Smart Textiles for in Situ Structural Health Monitoring of Composites". Potential topics for this Special Issue include, but are not restricted to, the following:

  • The development of sensors based on smart textile materials adapted to structural health monitoring in real time in situ of composite structures;
  • Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) of composites, methods, procedures, and structures;
  • Data treatment and analysis of information generated by embedded sensors;
  • Monitoring of processes related to composite manufacturing, weaving, braiding, thermo forming, and infusion, etc.

Prof. Vladan Koncar
Guest Editor

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  • Smart and multifunctional textiles
  • Composites
  • Sensors
  • Monitoring
  • Optimization
  • Data treatment
  • Diagnostic

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Monitoring the Joint Area of Composite Membrane Materials
by Hans Winger, Oliver Döbrich, Hassan Saeed, Thomas Gereke, Andreas Nocke and Chokri Cherif
Appl. Sci. 2019, 9(10), 2068; - 20 May 2019
Cited by 2 | Viewed by 2713
Textile membranes are suitable for a wide range of applications due to their user-adjustable properties, which can be modified based on both the textile reinforcement structure and the coating material. Complex dynamic loads are involved in typical usage scenarios for load-bearing components of [...] Read more.
Textile membranes are suitable for a wide range of applications due to their user-adjustable properties, which can be modified based on both the textile reinforcement structure and the coating material. Complex dynamic loads are involved in typical usage scenarios for load-bearing components of textile architecture, e.g., unsupported convertible roofs of halls or stadiums, temporary buildings, large-volume consumable media storage and the main sail of sailing boats. It is generally known that particularly in the area of membrane joints, successive degradation of seam strength may occur. This paper addresses the realization of an in situ measurement system for textile surface formation in textile membranes, which is introduced locally in the area of the joining zone and is compatible with the materials as well as the ultrasonic welding process itself. These development efforts are supported by a numerical investigation in terms of the serviceability and residual load-carrying capacity of the joining zone and the textile membrane surface area. Full article
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