Advances in Functional Polymers and Composites

A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360). This special issue belongs to the section "Smart and Functional Polymers".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2024 | Viewed by 491

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Fujian Provincial Key Laboratory of Terahertz Functional Devices and Intelligent Sensing, School of Mechanical Engineering and Automation, Fuzhou University, Fuzhou, China
Interests: polymer composites; smart structures; mechanics; multiscale analysis; elasticity & viscoelasticity; non-destructive testing & evaluation
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Fujian Provincial Key Laboratory of Terahertz Functional Devices and Intelligent Sensing, School of Mechanical Engineering and Automation, Fuzhou University, Fuzhou, China
Interests: theoretical analysis; structural health monitoring; fatigue; structural integrity

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College of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Central South University, Changsha 410083, China
Interests: integrated manufacturing technology; high-performance and high-precision collaborative manufacturing of light materials and components
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Polymers and composites are advanced in terms of product efficiency, cost effectiveness, lightweight, good designability, flexibility for manufacturing, etc. They have found widespread applications across diverse sectors, including aerospace, transportation, sustainable energy, construction, and beyond. The production of polymer and composite components encompass a multifaceted process, involving structural design, preform shaping, curing and forming, machining and assembly, and inspection and analysis. It is imperative to recognize that each of these steps has a direct and substantial impact on the overall performance and functionality of the resultant structure. In light of the escalating adoption of polymer and composite materials in high-end applications across various industries, composite components are evolving towards larger scale, integral structures, increased complexity, and multi-functions. These developments inevitably give rise to heightened challenges in the design and manufacturing of advanced functional polymers and composites. 

This Special Issue, therefore, seeks to publish the cutting-edge research and recent advances in functional polymers and composites, including but not limited to the structural design, mechanics, molding processes, machining and assembly techniques, defect detection methodologies, characterization, and the functional evaluation of polymers and composites. We encourage submissions of original research papers, short communications, and review articles. We hope this Special Issue will contribute to the advancement of scientific theories and methodologies in the realm of polymers and composites, aiming to foster the widespread application of advanced functional polymers and composites in high-end equipment and development within a multitude of disciplines, including aerospace, mechanical engineering, materials science, mechanics, chemistry, and their interconnected fields. 

This Special Issue extends a warm invitation for contributions pertaining to but not limited to the following domains:

  1. Advances in polymer and composites; 
  2. Machining theories and technologies; 
  3. Multiscale mechanics; 
  4. Structural health monitoring; 
  5. Functional evaluation and analysis; 
  6. Smart materials and structures; 
  7. Fatigue and structural integrity. 

Prof. Dr. Bing Wang
Prof. Dr. Chenglong Guan
Prof. Dr. Lihua Zhan
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • polymer
  • composite
  • manufacture
  • mechanical property
  • mechanics
  • theoretical analysis
  • structural health monitoring
  • fatigue
  • structural integrity
  • non-destructive testing and evaluation
  • finite element analysis

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Aramid Honeycomb Cores under Constant Pressure: Unveiling the Out-of-Plane Compression Deformation
by Xinzheng Huang, Xin Hu, Jinzhan Guo, Dechao Zhang, Shunming Yao, Lihua Zhan, Bolin Ma, Minghui Huang and Lihua Zhang
Polymers 2024, 16(14), 1974; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym16141974 - 10 Jul 2024
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The primary challenge during the secondary bonding process of full-height honeycomb sandwich structures is the aramid honeycomb core’s height shrinkage. This paper systematically investigated the height evolution behavior of the honeycomb core by using a creep testing machine. The results showed that the [...] Read more.
The primary challenge during the secondary bonding process of full-height honeycomb sandwich structures is the aramid honeycomb core’s height shrinkage. This paper systematically investigated the height evolution behavior of the honeycomb core by using a creep testing machine. The results showed that the out-of-plane compression deformation curve of aramid honeycomb cores is mainly divided into three stages: the dehumidification stage, the pressurization stage and the creep stage. Under conditions of high temperature and pressure, height shrinkage was attributed to the dehydration caused by moisture infiltration, and the compression creep resulted from the slippage of polymer molecular chains. Dehydration shrinkage is stable, whereas compression creep reflects typical viscoelastic polymer characteristics. By employing the viscoelastic Burgers mechanical model and applying the nonlinear surface fitting method, the total height shrinkage deformation behavior of the aramid honeycomb core during the curing process can be accurately predicted by summing the above three stages. This research contributes valuable insights for the manufacturing process of honeycomb sandwich structures. Full article
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