Special Issue "Carbon Fiber Composites – Composite driven Multifunctionality and Applications"

A special issue of C (ISSN 2311-5629).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Martin Gurka
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Guest Editor
Institut für Verbundwerkstoffe GmbH, Erwin-Schrödinger-Straße 58, 67663 Kaiserslautern, Germany
Interests: carbon fiber; composite materials; multi-functionality; smart structures; nondestructive testing; materials characterization
Prof. Dr. Ulf Breuer
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Co-Guest Editor
Institut für Verbundwerkstoffe GmbH, Erwin-Schrödinger-Straße 58, 67663 Kaiserslautern, Germany
Interests: carbon fiber; composite structures; airframe technology; organo sheet forming
Dr. Lazaros Tzounis
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Co-Guest Editor
Department of Materials Science & Engineering, University of Ioannina, GR-45110 Ioannina, Greece
Interests: thermoelectrics; thermoelectric generators (TEGs); organic and printed electronics; nanomaterials and nanocomposites; additive manufacturing; advanced fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) composites; hierarchical composites
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Special Issue Information

Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to present our project, a Special Issue of the journal C, focusing on the composite-driven multifunctionality of carbon fiber composites (CFCs). We would like to join the competent researchers in the field of studying carbon fiber-based composites, starting from classical structural carbon fiber-reinforced polymers together with multifunctionality-driven hybrid approaches, and combination with other materials, e.g., metals, ceramics, and semiconductors, on different length scales to achieve multifunctionality on a material level.

The main focus of the project is on the advanced properties of the investigated composites (mechanical, electrical, magnetic, thermal, optical), but also on their use in typical applications.

The reported manuscripts will represent both the experimental and the theoretical point of view, including simulative works. The final target is to give readers an overview of the hot topics and the state of the art of multifunctional carbon fiber composites, based on a largely interdisciplinary perspective typical for materials science. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Advanced properties of CFC—mechanical, electrical, thermal, optical;
  • Composite-driven multifunctionality—combination with other materials (e.g., metals, electro-ceramics, semi-conductors) at various length scales (e.g., energy harvesting thermoelectric composites, photovoltaic effect in CFC, energy storage-enabled composites, shape morphing, actuation active composites, self-strain sensing composites, composites responsive to an external stimuli, i.e., optical, thermal, electrical—as well as EMI shielding-enabled composites, recyclable and reshapable composites);
  • Applications of CFC—advanced structures, sensors, actuators, energy harvesting, aeronautics, naval, mobility, health;
  • Advanced structural FRP composites (hierarchical composites, fuzzy reinforcements, multi-scale composites);
  • Light harvesting and/or light interaction-enabled FRPs (photovoltaic effect, photo-responsive, photo-activated actuation, plasmonic curing, etc.);
  • Thermal energy harvesting enabled FRPs (thermoelectric effect) and thermoelectric sensing for T-sensing and/or SHM purposes;
  • Triboelectric harvesting enabled FRP composites;
  • Electrical and electronic properties of advanced FRP composites (SHM via conductivity, power transfer, remote charging via induction, EMI and other shielding properties, IR heating due to CF metallic nature, etc.);
  • Energy storage enabled FRP composites (performance/operation as a battery or a supercapacitor);
  • Advanced manufacturing of multifunctional composites (e.g., advanced techniques for prepregs, remote curing via Joule heating and 3D printing additive manufacturing (AM) of continuous fiber composites);
  • Nanotechnology-enabled CFRPs and related concepts (nanoparticles localized at the interphase region with fluorescent properties to monitor cracks, plasmonic nanoparticles, magnetically active reinforcements, nanostructured interphases, etc.).

Kind regards,
Dr. Martin Gurka
Prof. Dr. Ulf Breuer
Dr. Lazaros Tzounis
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • Polymer composites
  • Multifunctionality
  • Smart structures
  • Smart materials
  • Structural health monitoring
  • Self healing
  • Sensors and actuators
  • Electrical, mechanical, thermal properties
  • Structural characterization
  • Multiphysical characterization

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to present our project, a Special Issue of the journal C, focusing on the composite-driven multifunctionality of carbon fiber composites (CFCs). We would like to join the competent researchers in the field of studying carbon fiber-based composites, starting from classical structural carbon fiber-reinforced polymers together with multifunctionality-driven hybrid approaches, and combination with other materials, e.g., metals, ceramics, and semiconductors, on different length scales to achieve multifunctionality on a material level.

The main focus of the project is on the advanced properties of the investigated composites (mechanical, electrical, magnetic, thermal, optical), but also on their use in typical applications.

The reported manuscripts will represent both the experimental and the theoretical point of view, including simulative works. The final target is to give readers an overview of the hot topics and the state of the art of multifunctional carbon fiber composites, based on a largely interdisciplinary perspective typical for materials science. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Advanced properties of CFC—mechanical, electrical, thermal, optical;
  • Composite-driven multifunctionality—combination with other materials (e.g., metals, electro-ceramics, semi-conductors) at various length scales (e.g., energy harvesting thermoelectric composites, photovoltaic effect in CFC, energy storage-enabled composites, shape morphing, actuation active composites, self-strain sensing composites, composites responsive to an external stimuli, i.e., optical, thermal, electrical—as well as EMI shielding-enabled composites, recyclable and reshapable composites);
  • Applications of CFC—advanced structures, sensors, actuators, energy harvesting, aeronautics, naval, mobility, health;
  • Advanced structural FRP composites (hierarchical composites, fuzzy reinforcements, multi-scale composites);
  • Light harvesting and/or light interaction-enabled FRPs (photovoltaic effect, photo-responsive, photo-activated actuation, plasmonic curing, etc.);
  • Thermal energy harvesting enabled FRPs (thermoelectric effect) and thermoelectric sensing for T-sensing and/or SHM purposes;
  • Triboelectric harvesting enabled FRP composites;
  • Electrical and electronic properties of advanced FRP composites (SHM via conductivity, power transfer, remote charging via induction, EMI and other shielding properties, IR heating due to CF metallic nature, etc.);
  • Energy storage enabled FRP composites (performance/operation as a battery or a supercapacitor);
  • Advanced manufacturing of multifunctional composites (e.g., advanced techniques for prepregs, remote curing via Joule heating and 3D printing additive manufacturing (AM) of continuous fiber composites);
  • Nanotechnology-enabled CFRPs and related concepts (nanoparticles localized at the interphase region with fluorescent properties to monitor cracks, plasmonic nanoparticles, magnetically active reinforcements, nanostructured interphases, etc.).

Kind regards,
Dr. Martin Gurka
Prof. Dr. Ulf Breuer
Dr. Lazaros Tzounis
Guest Editors

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