Special Issue "Processing, Structure, Dynamics and Mechanical Properties of Polymeric Materials"

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944). This special issue belongs to the section "Structure Analysis and Characterization".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Janusz W. Sikora
Guest Editor
Department of Technology and Polymer Processing, Mechanical Engineering Faculty, Lublin University of Technology, 20-618 Lublin, Poland
Interests: polymer processing and physics; structure and properties of polymer materials; polymer composites and nanocomposites; rheology of molten polymers; design of processing tools; construction of plasticizing systems; simulations and modeling of processing processes

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The Special Issue on Processing, Structure, Dynamics, and Mechanical Properties of Polymeric Materials brings together scientists working at universities, research institutes, laboratories, and various industries to discuss state-of-the-art research on processing new polymer materials using standard and innovative machines and getting acquainted with their structure and properties. New challenges related to the need to develop new biodegradable materials, with new properties and structures that are difficult to process using conventional processing methods, also concern the progress and development of machines, in particular the most popular ones, such as extruders and injection molding machines. Therefore, this Special Issue welcomes contributions from all researchers working on materials processing, design of plasticizing units and other processing machines and tools, as well as those working on the characterization, properties, and applications of innovative polymer materials.

The Special Issue will cover but will not be limited to the following topics:

  • Polymer processing;
  • Polymer materials, fillers, auxiliaries, and their application;
  • Machines, tools, technological equipment for processing;
  • Theoretical and application problems of secondary processing of polymeric materials;
  • Problems of quality assurance in processing;
  • Modern methods of testing and assessing the quality and performance characteristics of plastic products;
  • Numerical modeling of processing processes.

I kindly invite you to submit a manuscript(s) for this Special Issue. Full papers, communications, and reviews are all welcome.

Prof. Janusz W. Sikora
Guest Editor

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  • Polymer processing
  • New processing technologies
  • New processing machines
  • Secondary processing
  • Nanofillers
  • Nanofillers from renewable sources
  • Biodegradable plastics
  • Plastic structure
  • Plastic properties
  • Numerical simulation and modeling
  • Optimization of processing.

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Static and Dynamic Mechanical Properties of 3D Printed ABS as a Function of Raster Angle
Materials 2020, 13(2), 297; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma13020297 - 09 Jan 2020
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Due to the rapid growth of 3D printing popularity, including fused deposition modeling (FDM), as one of the most common technologies, the proper understanding of the process and influence of its parameters on resulting products is crucial for its development. One of the [...] Read more.
Due to the rapid growth of 3D printing popularity, including fused deposition modeling (FDM), as one of the most common technologies, the proper understanding of the process and influence of its parameters on resulting products is crucial for its development. One of the most crucial parameters of FDM printing is the raster angle and mutual arrangement of the following filament layers. Presented research work aims to evaluate different raster angles (45°, 55°, 55’°, 60° and 90°) on the static, as well as rarely investigated, dynamic mechanical properties of 3D printed acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) materials. Configuration named 55’° was based on the optimal winding angle in filament-wound pipes, which provides them exceptional mechanical performance and durability. Also in the case of 3D printed samples, it resulted in the best impact strength, comparing to other raster angles, despite relatively weaker tensile performance. Interestingly, all 3D printed samples showed surprisingly high values of impact strength considering their calculated brittleness, which provides new insights into understanding the mechanical performance of 3D printed structures. Simultaneously, it proves that, despite extensive research works related to FDM technology, there is still a lot of investigation required for a proper understanding of this process. Full article
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