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Special Issue "Mechanical Properties and Manufacturing Processes of FRP Composite Materials"

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944). This special issue belongs to the section "Advanced Composites".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 April 2024 | Viewed by 1036

Special Issue Editors

Faculty of Architecture, Civil and Transportation Engineering, Beijing University of Technology, Beijing, China
Interests: Pultruded Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) composites; new structures of FRP composite; theoretical and practical developments of FRPs in the field of civil engineering
Skoltech Center for Design, Manufacturing, and Materials (CDMM), Skoltech Institute of Science and Technology, Moscow, Russia
Interests: composite behaviour; hybrid materials; thermoplastics; thermosets; FE modelling; fracture mechanics
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Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Pontifícia Universidade Católica (PUC-Rio), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Interests: composite materials; structural design; FRP; additive manufacturing
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In recent decades, fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) composites have been increasingly adopted in the field of engineering to achieve a reduced weight, a prolonged service life, or improved structural performance. Applications of FRP composites mainly lie in their advantages of high strength- and stiffness-to-weight ratios, superior corrosion resistance, excellent fatigue performance, etc. FRP composites can be manufactured through various techniques depending on the desired mechanical properties and geometries, and the most common techniques include pultrusion, filament winding, vacuum-assisted resin transfer molding, compression molding, wet lay-up, etc.

This Special Issue is seeking research on the mechanical properties and manufacturing techniques of FRP composites. To align with the scope of the journal, only research on materials for engineering is welcome.

Dr. Tian-Qiao Liu
Dr. Alexander Safonov
Dr. Daniel Carlos Taissum Cardoso
Guest Editors

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  • FRP composites
  • mechanical properties
  • manufacturing techniques
  • experimental characterizations
  • finite element modeling
  • mechanics of FRP composites

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Experimental and Numerical Investigation of the Mechanical Properties of a CFRP Tendon–Wedge Assembly Loaded under Transverse Compressive Loading
Materials 2023, 16(9), 3305; - 23 Apr 2023
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Carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP) tendons have become a viable alternative to steel cables in cable roof structures owing to their high tensile strength, low weight, and resistance to corrosion. However, the effective anchoring of CFRP tendons is a challenge because of their poor transverse [...] Read more.
Carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP) tendons have become a viable alternative to steel cables in cable roof structures owing to their high tensile strength, low weight, and resistance to corrosion. However, the effective anchoring of CFRP tendons is a challenge because of their poor transverse mechanical properties. Therefore, the mechanical properties of CFRP tendons and a tendon–wedge assembly under transverse compression were investigated by simulating the force environment of the CFRP tendon inside an integrated-wedge anchorage. The deformation of and local damage to CFRP tendons under transverse compression were explored using load–strain curves and full-field strain measured using digital image correlation. The experimental and numerical results show that large-diameter CFRP tendons with a length in the range of 90–110 mm had better cross-sectional deformation resistance and more stable transverse mechanical properties. Longer CFRP tendons with larger diameters have lower contact compressive stress and local maximal shear stress under the same transverse compressive load. Based on the analysis of the experimental and numerical results, we propose design suggestions for tendon size selection and integrated-wedge design details, such as the manufacturing materials of the wedge, the radius through the gap of the wedge, and the radial difference of the groove, to improve the anchoring properties and efficiency of the integrated-wedge anchorage. Full article
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