Advances in Mechanical Testing of Polymer Composites

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2024 | Viewed by 247

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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory—PNNL, 902 Battelle Blvd., Richland, WA 99354, USA
Interests: polymer composites; mechanical testing; cryogenic mechanical testing; hydrogen effects on mechanical properties; recycling of polymers and composites
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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory—PNNL, 902 Battelle Blvd., Richland, WA 99354, USA
Interests: polymers; polymer composites; nanocomposites; surfaces; interfaces; mechanics; fatigue; damage; fracture; multi-physics; multi-scale modeling
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Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, The University of Texas at Arlington, 701 S. Nedderman Drive, Arlington, TX 76019, USA
Interests: polymer composites; progressive failure analysis; impact damage; thermal–mechanical reliability; structural buckling

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Polymer composites have become an indispensable class of materials in modern engineering, offering a unique combination of low weight and high strength, among other exclusive properties. This makes composites highly desirable for various applications across industries, from aerospace and automotive industries to sports equipment and consumer goods. As the demand for polymer composites continues to grow, there is an evolving need to develop more effective testing methodologies to ensure their reliability and performance under diverse and often extreme conditions, as well as to advance our understanding of the mechanisms governing their behavior. The growing use of composites in critical applications necessitates a deeper exploration of the persisting challenges associated with their mechanical testing.

This Special Issue is dedicated to addressing the current challenges and recent developments in mechanical testing methods for polymer composites, with a particular focus on non-destructive testing (NDT), multifunctional composites, composite joints, testing in extreme environments, fatigue testing, microscopic interfaces, impact testing, the experimental validation of computational methods, additive manufactured composites, and in situ testing techniques. These emerging areas of research are critical for enhancing the safety, durability, and overall efficiency of polymer composites and will help to unlock the full potential of these materials in a wide range of applications.

Dr. Daniel R. Merkel
Dr. Yao Qiao
Dr. Shiyao Lin
Guest Editors

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  • non-destructive mechanical evaluation and quality assessment (metrology, DIC, thermography, dynamic mechanical methods, damage repair assessment, etc.)
  • multifunctional composites (in situ sensing, electromechanical, morphing, self-healing, etc.)
  • joints (surfaces, interfaces, adhesion, rivets, hybrid/multi-materials, etc.)
  • extreme environments (high temperature, high pressure, cryogenic, high humidity, corrosive gas environments, liquid environments, etc.)
  • fatigue (multiaxial, random load spectrum, etc.)
  • methods used for specific structures (pressure vessels, sandwich structures, woven fiber-reinforced composites, space structures, wind structures, hybrid fiber composites, etc.)
  • Reinforcement-matrix interfaces (fiber, particle, nanoreinforcement, alternative fiber interfaces, picoindenttion, etc.)
  • impact testing (drop tower testing, pendulum impact testing, high-speed imaging, high strain rate, split-Hopkinson, etc.)
  • experimentally validated computational methods
  • wear, tribology, scratch testing (fiber, polymer, composites, etc.)
  • additive manufactured materials (3D printed polymers and composites, etc.)
  • micro and nanomechanical methods (indentation, wear, fiber-matrix interfaces, etc.)
  • testing for specific properties (inter-/intra-laminar, biaxial, triaxial, etc.)
  • in situ test methods (SEM, tomography, etc.)

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