Special Issue "Organic Matrix Composites and Multifunctional Materials"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Michelle Salvia
Guest Editor
Laboratory of Tribology and Dynamics of Systems (LTDS), Ecole Centrale LYON, FRANCE
Interests: durability of organic matrix composites; smart composites; bonding; viscoelastic behaviour

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Thanks to their excellent properties, organic matrix composites are attracting considerable attention across a number of industries such as the aeronautic, automotive, marine, sport, civil engineering, and electricity fields. These materials are light and non-corrodible, and their properties can be almost "tailor-made" due to the wide variety of reinforcements, most often fibrous (glass, carbon, and ligno-cellulosic) but also not non-fibrous (hollow microspheres) and matrices (thermosetting or thermoplastic), as well as many manufacturing processes.

Composite materials are constantly evolving.

Until now, thermosetting matrices have been the most commonly used matrices for structural parts. The use of thermoplastics even for large parts seems to be emerging due to their toughness and recyclability (compared to thermosets). Natural fibre reinforcements show interesting characteristics for secondary parts: they are light, environmentally friendly, relatively cheap to produce, renewable, and with enough high stiffness and strength. Moreover, in order to improve out-of-plane through-thickness properties when they are needed, 3D composites were developed.

In recent years, the introduction of multifunctional composite material systems has made it possible to further improve primary functions such as the stiffness associated with lightness by combining thermoforming and injection manufacturing processes (overmoulded laminates) or impact behaviour by using composites reinforced with different types of fibres, with some chosen for their rigidity and others for their damping capacity (carbon and flax). Moreover, thanks to their manufacturing process, it is relatively easy to embed sensors and actuators in composite materials at a mesoscopic scale, to produce multifunctions and primary functions to produce self-control or self- healing, shape change, and energy harvesting (known as smart composites).

This Special Issue focuses on the development of new composites, especially multifunctional composites and the study of their properties (included long time behavior).

Topics of interest include but are not limited to the following:

  • New components (matrices, reinforcements) and manufacturing;
  • Eco-friendly composite materials (matrix, reinforcements);
  • Structural health monitoring (sensors and actuators);
  • Self-healing materials and damage control;
  • Shape control, energy harvesting;
  • Meta composites.

Dr. Michelle Salvia
Guest Editor

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  • composite
  • high-performance composite
  • durability
  • SHM
  • self-healing
  • eco-friendly composite
  • manufacturing

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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