Special Issue "Toughening Mechanism and Interface Structure of Composite Materials"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Jose Reinoso
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Guest Editor
School of Engineering, University of Seville, Siville, Spain
Interests: Computational Mechanics; Finite Element Method; Shell Structures; Composite Materials; Cohesive Models
Prof. Marco Paggi
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Guest Editor
IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca, Lucca, Italy
Interests: Interface Problems; Fracture Mechanics; Contact Mechanics; Roughness

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Tailoring interface definitions can be understood as a potential route in order to achieve outstanding mechanical performances that can either retard or mitigate the onset and development of interface failure in composite materials. Within this context, the advent of novel production technologies has motivated the emergence of new designs mimicking high-performance natural concepts, which were traditionally incompatible with traditional engineering materials. The achievement of a profound understanding of these new concepts and the elucidation of the key aspects behind such remarkable performances constitutes a notable major scientific and practical challenge nowadays.

With the aim of presenting the recent developments on this matter, it is a pleasure to invite contributions to the Special Issue entitled "Toughening Mechanism and Interface Structure of Composite Materials in the open access MDPI Materials Journal. Contributions on research investigations and review of the state-of-the-art papers addressing major advancements and failing within the scope of this Special Issue will be greatly appreciated.

Specific topics of interest include:

  • Multi-scale and multi-physics interface behavior
  • Interface fracture mechanics
  • Cohesive and contact interface mechanics
  • Additive manufacturing of composite material
  • Analytical and computational methods for interfaces
  • Modeling and fabrication of bio-inspired materials for toughening mechanisms

Dr. Jose Reinoso
Prof. Marco Paggi
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • interface properties
  • fracture mechanics
  • contact mechanics
  • roughness
  • additive manufacturing
  • bio-inspired materials
  • computational methods
  • cohesive fracture
  • phase-field methods
  • non-conventional interfaces

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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