Special Issue "Assessment of the Ageing and Durability of Polymers: Procedures and Reliability"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2019).
Interests: cold-cured adhesives and matrices for FRP employed in constructions; polymeric nanostructured adhesives and coatings; hydrophobic coatings for stone conservation and wood protection; durability of polymers, adhesives and coatings; eco-efficient materials for construction and cultural heritage
Special Issues and Collections in MDPI journals
Special Issue in Polymers: Assessment of the Ageing and Durability of Polymers II: Procedures and Reliability
Special Issue in Sustainability: Sustainable Strategies and Approaches in Conservation of the Built Heritage
Topical Collection in Polymers: Assessment of the Ageing and Durability of Polymers
Special Issue in Materials: Innovative Materials for Construction II
Special Issue in Polymers: Assessment of the Ageing and Durability of Polymers III
Topical Collection in Polymers: Women in Polymer Science and Technology
Topical Collection in Polymers: Thermal Characterization of Polymers and Polymer Composites
From low-value items for daily living to high-performance composites for aerospace/aeronautical applications, from food packaging to sports equipment, the well-established worldwide success of polymers in each field of human life is due to a broad variety of good properties (tailorable as required through a proper process/addition of different compounds), such as low density, good performance achieved at a reasonable cost, insulating capabilities and chemical resistance, inertness, and the possibility of mixing different polymers to combine the properties of each single component.
Although polymers are universally recognized as “everlasting materials”, like any other natural or artificial material, they experience some type of degradation during their service life, resulting in a steady reduction in their properties.
The durability of a polymeric material, i.e. its average lifetime under “service” operating conditions, depends on several parameters, the most important being the type of polymer/polymers, the process conditions used to manufacture and to apply the polymer, the usage and load regime and the kind and level of environmental exposure.
At the moment, no appropriate methods of investigation are available to evaluate exactly how much each of the mentioned factors and environmental agents affects the durability of polymers and, especially, to predict their resulting average life in service.
Despite the extensive attention to durability, several issues such as proper methods and procedure to foresee their long-term performance, the reliability of standard accelerated aging tests and their relation to real exposure conditions, performance under complex and coupled mechanical-environmental conditions and corresponding aging mechanisms, are still open.
This Special Issue aims at providing a platform for the discussion of open issues, challenges, and achievements when analyzing the chemical aging and durability features of different polymers and the possibility of making reliable previsions for their long-term performance.
Guest Editor / Editorial Board Member
- polymer ageing
- environmental agents
- natural and accelerated procedures
- previsions for longer times
- standard tests
- Assessment of the Ageing and Durability of Polymers II: Procedures and Reliability in Polymers (20 articles)
- Assessment of the Ageing and Durability of Polymers III in Polymers (11 articles)
- Assessment of the Ageing and Durability of Polymers in Polymers (178 articles)