Advanced Techniques Utilized in Smart Composites

A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360). This special issue belongs to the section "Polymer Processing and Engineering".

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Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Coimbra, 3030-788 Coimbra, Portugal
Interests: structural integrity; fatigue; fracture mechanics; finite element method; fiber-reinforced composites; environmental effects; additive manufacturing
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Department of Chemical Engineering, Materials and Environment, Sapienza University of Rome, 00184 Rome, Italy
Interests: fatigue and fracture behavior of materials; mechanical characterization; structural integrity of conventional and innovative materials
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Dear Colleagues,

A composite material is a combination, at the macroscopic level, of at least two distinct phases, called matrix and fibres, resulting in a new material with enhanced characteristics from those presented by the individual base materials. The material that forms the matrix – a polymer, a metal, or a ceramic, gives the structure to the composite material, filling in the empty spaces between the fibres and keeping them in their relative position. The fibres or the particles, that is, the reinforcement material, enhance the mechanical, the electromagnetic, or the chemical behaviour of the composite material, to mention few. In fact, combining two or more specific materials has several advantages, especially from the point of view of its mechanical behaviour, and tend to increase stiffness, improve the mechanical or the thermomechanical strength, enhance its fatigue response, all together with a significant weight reduction. Besides, it is also important to mention the laminated composites, which generally result from the union of several layers of different materials and may have different orientations in each layer.

In addition, the reinforcements of a composite material can be composed of short or long fibres (or even dispersed particles), acting as thermomechanical sensors and actuators, constituting the so-called Smart Composites, which are being widespread nowadays in several engineering applications, such as self-healing components or structures, intimately related with Structural Health Monitoring. Therefore, in this Special Issue, we cordially invite the Colleagues to present current research and engineering applications in these domains, taking also into account the advanced techniques of production and processing of these Smart Composites.

Prof. Dr. Rui Fernando Martins
Prof. Dr. Ricardo Branco
Prof. Dr. Filippo Berto
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  • Smart Composites
  • Advanced Techniques of Production and Processing
  • Composites Materials
  • Structural Health Monitoring
  • Structural Integrity
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Aeronautical Engineering
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Naval Engineering
  • Oil Industry
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Maintenance Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Wood
  • Failure Analysis
  • Fatigue and Fracture Mechanics

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