Advances in Polymer Matrix Composites: Synthesis, Characterization and Simulation II

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 October 2024 | Viewed by 474

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Interests: polymer–matrix composites (PMCs); multifunctional materials; experimental mechanics; simulation; materials by design
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Dear Colleagues,

After the success of the Polymers Special Issue entitled “Advances in Polymer Matrix Composites: Synthesis, Characterization and Simulation”, we are delighted to expand on this Special Issue, now entitled “Advances in Polymer Matrix Composites: Synthesis, Characterization and Simulation II”.

Polymer–matrix composites (PMCs) are becoming increasingly prominent in the field of structural engineering due to their favorable specific properties and design flexibility. As the demand for ever lighter structures increases, especially in the mobility industry, new advances in the synthesis, characterization, and simulation of this important class of advanced materials are expected to have a profound impact on accelerating their time-to-market and robustness, contributing to a more sustainable future.

This Special Issue aims to collect research papers, and review articles with original contributions to the development, production, testing, and modeling of PMCs, with a special focus on new classes of fiber-reinforced polymers, such as thermoplastic-based composites, spread-tow thin-ply laminates, nano-reinforced PMCs, hybrid PMCs, and bio-sourced PMCs. This Special Issue covers the following areas, among other topics:

  • The synthesis of advanced constituents for PMCs;
  • The manufacturing of PMCs;
  • The processing simulation of PMCs;
  • The experimental characterization of novel PMCs
  • The simulation of damage and failure in PMCs;
  • The virtual testing of PMCs;
  • The coupled multi-physics simulation of PMCs;
  • The multi-scale modeling of PMCs;
  • Data-driven approaches to the simulation of PMCs;
  • PMCs engineered by simulation and PMC-by-design approaches.

Scientists are invited and encouraged to publish their experimental and theoretical results in as much detail as possible.

Dr. Albertino Arteiro
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • polymer-matrix composites (PMCs)
  • manufacturing processes
  • experimental characterization
  • experimental micromechanics
  • damage failure
  • multi-physics simulations
  • computational micromechanics
  • multi-scale
  • data-driven approach
  • materials-by-design

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Mesoscale Model for Composite Laminates: Verification and Validation on Scaled Un-notched Laminates
by Giuseppe Corrado, Albertino Arteiro, António Torres Marques, Fernass Daoud and Florian Glock
Polymers 2024, 16(12), 1659; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym16121659 - 11 Jun 2024
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This paper presents a mesoscale damage model for composite materials and its validation at the coupon level by predicting scaling effects in un-notched carbon-fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) laminates. The proposed material model presents a revised longitudinal damage law that accounts for the effect [...] Read more.
This paper presents a mesoscale damage model for composite materials and its validation at the coupon level by predicting scaling effects in un-notched carbon-fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) laminates. The proposed material model presents a revised longitudinal damage law that accounts for the effect of complex 3D stress states in the prediction of onset and broadening of longitudinal compressive failure mechanisms. To predict transverse failure mechanisms of unidirectional CFRPs, this model was then combined with a 3D frictional smeared crack model. The complete mesoscale damage model was implemented in ABAQUS®/Explicit. Intralaminar damage onset and propagation were predicted using solid elements, and in-situ properties were included using different material cards according to the position and effective thickness of the plies. Delamination was captured using cohesive elements. To validate the implemented damage model, the analysis of size effects in quasi-isotropic un-notched coupons under tensile and compressive loading was compared with the test data available in the literature. Two types of scaling were addressed: sublaminate-level scaling, obtained by the repetition of the sublaminate stacking sequence, and ply-level scaling, realized by changing the effective thickness of each ply block. Validation was successfully completed as the obtained results were in agreement with the experimental findings, having an acceptable deviation from the mean experimental values. Full article
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