Special Issue "Effect of Porosity on the Deformation and Strength Properties of Ceramics"

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944). This special issue belongs to the section "Porous Materials".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Alexey Smolin
Guest Editor
Institute of Strength Physics and Materials Science, Siberian Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences, Tomsk, Russian Federation
Interests: ceramic materials; ceramic composite materials; computational materials science; computational mechanics of materials; material strength

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Ceramic materials are widely used in medicine, electrical and electronics industries, body armor, etc. The volume fraction of pores and pore space structure are the main characteristics that determine the physical and mechanical properties of ceramic. Advanced technologies like additive manufacturing are capable of creating materials with a very complex multiscale structure both of the porous space and the matrix itself. As a result, the mechanical behavior of the material can be nonlinear and even unpredictable, especially in the presence of interstitial fluid.

The problem of porosity influence on the physical and mechanical properties of porous materials has a long history; many outstanding researchers have tried to solve it in various statements. For its analytical solution, the most successful approaches are the micromechanics of composites, which are based on the method of a self-consistent field (definition of the property contribution tensor), and the method of random functions. However, these approaches can predict only elastic, thermal, and electromagnetic properties of the material. However, these approaches have failed to predict the strength of materials. At the same time, novel computational techniques enable the correct simulation of material behavior from the atomic scale up to the macroscale.

This Special Issue gathers the most recent and major scientific progress on studying the effect of porosity on the mechanical properties of ceramics. Moreover, this issue also focuses on method development and investigations on pore structure–property relationships for hard biological tissues and other brittle porous materials. The topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Deformation and fracture mechanisms of porous ceramics;
  • Porous ceramics under dynamic loading;
  • Effect of pore size on the ceramics strength;
  • Defects in porous ceramics and its strength;
  • Sound absorption in porous materials;
  • Auxetic porous structures;
  • Fluid-saturated porous materials;
  • Deformation and strength of bones;
  • Multiscale modeling of porous materials;
  • Advanced numerical simulation techniques for porous materials.

We kindly invite you to submit a manuscript(s) for this Special Issue. Original research articles, short communications, and systematic reviews are all welcome.

Prof. Dr. Alexey Smolin
Guest Editor

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  • Ceramics
  • Porosity
  • Pore structure
  • Deformation
  • Elastic properties
  • Strength properties
  • Structure–property relationships

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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