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Special Issue "Recent Advances in Cellular Materials"

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 29 February 2020

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Katarina Monkova

Faculty of Manufacturing Technologies with the Seat in Presov, Technical University of Kosice, Presov, Slovakia
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Interests: cellular materials; behavior and mechanical properties of cellular structures; technical systems design and manufacturing technologies

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Recent fast developments in the materials and manufacturing technologies have enabled us to produce new types of sophisticated components that are substantially lighter than traditional products, which are filled by material in the entire volume. This is thanks to so-called cellular materials, which are characterized by periodic or stochastic arrangements of open or closed cell types with either two-dimensional cell configurations (honeycombs), three-dimensional polyhedral layouts (lattice structures) or triple periodic complex structures (e.g., minimal surfaces). These cellular materials can provide the product with extraordinary combination of properties in relation to their weight when compared to solid materials.

Attempting to incorporate sophisticated structures into the design of parts is motivated by a desire for an increased added value of the product, shortening production time and reducing the consumption of expensive materials. From the view of the assumed properties, the use of such structures appears to have excellent potential not only in the fields of industry (automotive, navy, aerospace, engineering, civil engineering industries), but also in biomedicine or in the household appliances.

Potential topics include but are not limited to:

  • Recent novelty in cellular materials design;
  • Behavior and simulation of cellular materials;
  • Regular and irregular cellular materials manufacturing;
  • Extraordinary properties of cellular materials;
  • Experimental study of cellular materials;
  • Application of cellular materials in a technical practice.

Prof. Katarina Monkova
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • Cellular material
  • Design
  • Manufacturing
  • Properties
  • Application

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Open AccessArticle Dealing with Nap-Core Sandwich Composites: How to Predict the Effect of Symmetry
Materials 2019, 12(6), 874; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma12060874
Received: 20 February 2019 / Revised: 10 March 2019 / Accepted: 12 March 2019 / Published: 15 March 2019
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The behavior of nap-core sandwiches was investigated with a special focus on the effect of symmetry in nap cores. A nap-core is, in general terms, a 3D-formed hollow structure made of knitted textile impregnated by a thermosetting resin. The molding process determines if [...] Read more.
The behavior of nap-core sandwiches was investigated with a special focus on the effect of symmetry in nap cores. A nap-core is, in general terms, a 3D-formed hollow structure made of knitted textile impregnated by a thermosetting resin. The molding process determines if the nap-core is double-sided (symmetric) or single-sided. The sandwich with nap-core owns various remarkable properties of a novel lightweight material, but the nap-core’s complex structure makes the prediction of these properties a difficult task. While the analysis of a single-sided nap-core sandwich has been presented by the authors before, this study is focused on the simulation of symmetric nap-core sandwich. Overall, performance of the structure is examined with respect to several loading conditions. The simulation approach invokes a typical homogenization scheme to find the engineering properties of the nap-core’s fabric with least computational time and memory resources. Results from experiments and simulations exhibit a good compatibility, which prove the fitness of the modeling method. Full article
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Open AccessPerspective Four Questions in Cellular Material Design
Materials 2019, 12(7), 1060; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma12071060
Received: 5 March 2019 / Revised: 26 March 2019 / Accepted: 27 March 2019 / Published: 31 March 2019
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The design of cellular materials has recently undergone a paradigm shift, enabled by developments in Additive Manufacturing and design software. No longer do cellular materials have to be limited to traditional shapes such as honeycomb panels or stochastic foams. With this increase in [...] Read more.
The design of cellular materials has recently undergone a paradigm shift, enabled by developments in Additive Manufacturing and design software. No longer do cellular materials have to be limited to traditional shapes such as honeycomb panels or stochastic foams. With this increase in design freedom comes a significant increase in optionality, which can be overwhelming to the designer. This paper aims to provide a framework for thinking about the four key questions in cellular material design: how to select a unit cell, how to vary cell size spatially, what the optimal parameters are, and finally, how best to integrate a cellular material within the structure at large. These questions are posed with the intent of stimulating further research that can address them individually, as well as integrate them in a systematic methodology for cellular material design. Different state-of-the-art solution approaches are also presented in order to provoke further investigation by the reader. Full article
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