Special Issue "Advanced Thermoplastic Polymers and Composites"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2022.
Interests: thermoplastic composites; out of autoclave processes; non crimp fabrics; thin ply composites; microwave curing; fusion joining of thermoplastic composites; automation and mass production of composite structures; aerospace structures; acrylic Elium-based composites
Interests: thermoplastic composites; fibre reinforced aerospace composites and structures; multi-functional composites; numerical simulation and optimization of composite manufacturing processes; analysis and testing of thermal controls for micro-satellites; thermo-mechanical analysis of coated and composite structures
In the last decade, design and material innovation for manufacturing composites have reached new heights. Thermoplastic polymers and their composites have become the most in demand materials in recent times as they provide numerous advantages over thermoset composites. Thermoplastic polymers have a high damage tolerance, high impact resistance, recyclability, formability, weldability, repairability, and cost-effectiveness productivity compared with thermoset composites. Thermoplastic polymers and composites are widely used in automotive, aerospace, electrical and electronics, industrial, and medical applications. Thermoplastic composites are estimated to grow from USD 28.0 billion in 2019 to USD 36.0 billion by 2024. High performance thermoplastic materials are used in conjunction with a multitude of manufacturing processes like injection molding, thermoforming, prepreg, liquid injection processes (especially reactive thermoplastics), automated tape placement, filament winding, pultrusion, additive manufacturing, and other processes. The material limits, design, and assembly requirements, as well as the processing constraints, are significantly important for the realisation of novel product development using a manufacturing process by simultaneously optimising the reliability, safety, and other performance-related issues. The current thermoplastic material systems and the manufacturing techniques still have plenty of room for optimisation and advancement.
This Special Issue aims to present the latest scientific and technical advances in thermoplastic materials and their composites, processing, characterization, product development, manufacturing process parameter optimisations, and modelling. Manuscripts pertaining to both scientific as well as applied research on thermoplastic polymers and composites are highly welcome.Dr. Somen K. Bhudolia
Dr. Sunil Chandrakant Joshi
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Thermoplastic polymers
- Thermoplastic composite
- Reactive thermoplastics
- Thermoplastic composites manufacturing
- Thermoplastic composite processing
- Thermoplastic joining
- Thermoplastic blends and co-polymers
- Prototyping and modeling with thermoplastics
- Out of autoclave thermoplastic processes
- Effect of reinforcement sizing in thermoplastic bonding