Special Issue "Integrated Structural Health Monitoring in Polymeric Composites"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2016)
Prof. Dr. Jandro L. Abot
Department of Mechanical Engineering, The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC 20064, USA
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Interests: experimental stress mechanics; polymeric composite materials; carbon nanotube fibers; integrated and distributed structural health monitoring in composite materials; piezoresistive sensors
Polymeric laminated composites are widely used in aerospace and several other high performance applications due to their superior specific stiffness and strength, as well as their manufacturing tailorability. However, these materials may be prone to experience inner damage that is difficult to detect from the surface and, thus, lead to premature failure. Many nondestructive evaluation and structural health monitoring techniques are available to inspect and ensure the reliability of composite structures, but most of them are expensive and labor intensive. Furthermore, they require the structural component or vehicle be taken out of operation for inspection. Integrated sensing in composite materials may provide advantages, since the sensors would be able to provide information about the structure without the need for complex external equipment. In addition, miniaturized integrated sensors should be able to detect microscale damage or incipient failure. Among the sensing material candidates are carbon-nanostructured materials, activable nanoparticles and polymers, and others. Integrated and miniaturized sensing may lead to a revolution of the maintenance of composite structures, which could be instead based on the condition of the structure and not its amount of use. This Special Issue focuses on papers that present novel concepts of miniaturized and integrated sensing in laminated composite materials including some preliminary experimental results that show the feasibility of the proposed concept. The sensing approaches may include piezoresistive, piezoelectric, capacitive, optical, thermal, magnetic effects, or others.
Prof. Dr. Jandro L. Abot
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- polymeric composites
- structural health monitoring
- mechanical sensors
- damage detection
- integrated sensors
- nanostructured sensors