Special Issue "High Performance Natural Fibre Composites"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2020.
Interests: natural fibre composites; bioinspiration & biomimetics; structure-property-processing relations; damage and composite health; design education
Interests: sustainable and appropriate technologies; natural fibre composites; biomass cookstoves; engineering education
This Special Issue (SI) publishes original research articles, review articles, and short communications covering the design, manufacture and performance of natural fibre composites intended for (semi-) structural applications. Semi-structural components can self-support their own weight, while structural components can also withstand additional loads. The SI aims to reflect the design possibilities with natural fibre composites, inspiring the creation of next-generation biocomposite products beyond conventional automotive interior components and house decking.
Articles with a focus on biocomposites incorporating long fibre lengths (>15mm) or aligned fibre architectures (e.g. UD, biaxials) are invited. Natural fibres of interest include, but are not limited to, bast fibres, like flax and hemp, sisal and coir, as well as silk fibres. The SI especially invites studies involving bio-based matrices, however synthetic resins may also fit the scope.
We welcome reports from innovative ‘prototyping’ and ‘design, make and test’ projects. For instance, these may explore stiffness-limited, strength-limited, or vibration-limited design. We also seek cross-comparative studies validating or evaluating the performance of biocomposites against other conventional materials (e.g. glass fibre composites, aluminium, laminated wood). Computational and analytical manuscripts are of interest provided they are design or product oriented.
Dr. Darshil U. Shah
Assoc. Prof. Mike Clifford
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Materials is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- natural fibre composites
- plant fibres
- structural applications
- design & manufacture
- structural analysis