Special Issue "Recent Advances in Theoretical and Computational Modeling of Composite Materials and Structures"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Francesco Tornabene
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Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Rossana Dimitri
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Guest Editor
Department of Innovation Engineering, University of Salento, Lecce, Italy
Interests: fracture mechanics; debonding; contact mechanics; isogeometric analysis; mechanics of solids; structural models for shells; plates and beams; numerical analysis; innovative composite materials; dynamics
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In a context where the mechanical modeling of composite materials at different scales requires an increased accuracy in many engineering problems and applications, e.g., aerospace components, aircrafts, boat hulls and sails, car bodies, long span roofs, as well as electronic devices, and drones, this Special Issue aims at gathering together experts and young researchers in theoretical and computational modeling of heterogeneous materials and complex structures.

Composite materials and structures feature internal length scales and nonlocal behaviors, whose response could be analyzed systematically, while including the effect of the staking sequences, ply orientations, agglomeration of nanoparticles, volume fractions of the constituents, and porosity level.

Studies on fiber-reinforced composites and laminates, functionally graded materials (FGMs), Carbon nanotubes (CNTs), graphene nanoplatelets, SMART constituents, as well as innovative and advanced classes of composites are welcome. Some examples could be represented by large stroke SMART actuators, piezoelectric sensors, shape memory alloys, magnetostrictive and electrostrictive materials, as well as auxetic components and angle-tow laminates. These constituents could be included in the lamination schemes of SMART structures for a successful control and monitoring of their vibrational behavior and/or static deflection.

Classical and high-performance advanced theories and multiscale approaches are welcome, together with the development of enhanced nonlocal damage and fracturing models, able to capture the formation and propagation of the internal cracks related to the heterogeneity of complex materials and interfaces.

Prof. Dr. Francesco Tornabene
Prof. Dr. Rossana Dimitri
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Adhesion 
  • Advanced computational methods 
  • Auxetic materials 
  • Buckling behavior 
  • Carbon nanotubes 
  • Complex materials 
  • Composite beams, plates, and shells
  • Constitutive models
  • Damage 
  • Delamination 
  • Dynamics
  • Fracture mechanics 
  • Functionally graded materials
  • Homogenization techniques
  • Metamaterials 
  • Nanostructures
  • Smart materials

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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