Special Issue "Behavior of Metallic and Composite Structures (Second Volume)"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Tomasz Sadowski
Guest Editor
Politechnika Lubelska, Department of Solid Mechanics, Lublin, Poland
Interests: continuum damage mechanics of materials and structures; modelling of ceramic polycrystalline materials; modelling of composites: ceramic and polymer matrix, polymer foams, wood and plywood; fracture mechanics of materials under mechanical loading and thermal shock; plates with damage and sandwich structures; experimental testing of materials and structures under: static, cyclic, thermal and impact loading
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Prof. Dr. Holm Altenbach
Guest Editor
Otto von Guericke University of Magdeburg, Magdeburg, Germany
Interests: Rolling contact; geometry relationship; pressure distribution; stress behavior

Special Issue Information

Dear colleague,

Various types of metallic and composite structures are used in modern engineering practice. For aerospace, car industry or civil engineering applications, the most important are thin-walled structures made of different types of metallic alloys, fibrous composites, laminates, and multifunctional materials with a more complicated geometry of reinforcement, including nanoparticles or nanofibres. The current applications in modern engineering require analysis of structures of various properties, shapes, and sizes (e.g., aircraft wings), including structural hybrid joints, subjected to different types of loadings: quasi-static, dynamic, cyclic, thermal, impact, penetration, etc.

Advanced metallic and composite structures should satisfy multiple structural functions during operation conditions. Structural functions include mechanical properties such as strength, stiffness, damage resistance, fracture toughness, damping, etc. Nonstructural functions include electrical and thermal conductivities, sensing, actuation, energy harvesting, self-healing capability, electromagnetic shielding, etc. 

The aim of this SI is to understand the basic principles of damage growth and fracture processes in advanced metallic and composite structures, including also structural joints. Today, it is widely recognized that important macroscopic properties, like macroscopic stiffness and strength, are governed by processes that occur at one to several scales below the level of observation. A thorough understanding of how these processes influence the reduction of stiffness and strength forms the key to the analysis of existing and the design of improved innovative structural elements.

The study of how these various length scales—nano, micro, meso—can be bridged or taken into account simultaneously in multiscale models is particularly attractive for composite materials and structural elements, since they have a well-defined structure at the above specified levels.

Prof. Tomasz Sadowski
Prof. Dr. Holm Altenbach
Guest Editors

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  • Metallic and composite structures
  • Multifunctional materials and structures
  • Classical structures: beams, plates, shells
  • Thin-walled structures
  • Damage and fracture processes
  • Theoretical analytical and multiscale modeling
  • Experimental investigations
  • Joints of structural elements
  • Quasi-static, dynamic, cyclic loadings
  • Impact and penetration

Published Papers

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