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Special Issue "Toward the Application of Smart Self-Sensing Nanocomposites to Structural Health Monitoring"

A special issue of Sensors (ISSN 1424-8220). This special issue belongs to the section "Sensor Materials".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Claudio Sbarufatti
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Guest Editor
Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy
Interests: multifunctional composite materials; structural health monitoring; prognostic health monitoring
Prof. Dr. Alberto Jiménez Suárez
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Guest Editor
Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid, Spain
Interests: multifunctional composite materials; self-healing materials; 3D printed nanocomposites; structural health monitoring
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The multifunctional properties of epoxy-based nanocomposites reinforced with carbon nanoparticles are attracting the attention of scientists and designers of structural and prognostic health monitoring systems. The idea of creating a composite structure capable of self-sensing potential deterioration mechanisms within the material by a measure of its piezoresistivity could potentially revolutionize the concept of sensor network design. However, one main factor limits the move toward the industrial application of this technology: the lack of self-sensing robustness hampers the predictability of the sensor performance in terms of sensitivity to the presence of damage and the capability to track its trend during the course of its evolution.

This Special Issue is intended to bring together the various efforts made in developing methods to increase the readiness of this technology for future industrial application, including manufacturing strategies, modeling frameworks, and the development of ternary-state nanocomposites, with a special focus on increasing the sensor performance predictability.

Dr. Claudio Sbarufatti
Prof. Dr. Alberto Jiménez Suárez
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • self-sensing
  • nanocomposites
  • ternary-state nanocomposites
  • carbon nanotubes
  • structural health monitoring
  • prognostic health monitoring
  • performance
  • robustness
  • predictability
  • modeling
  • digital twin

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