Special Issue "Fatigue and Aging of Polymer Composites"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (5 June 2023) | Viewed by 77

Special Issue Editor

Department of Mechanical Engineering, CEMMPRE, University of Coimbra, 3030-788 Coimbra, Portugal
Interests: fatigue behaviour; additive manufacturing; multiaxial fatigue; damage accumulation
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Polymeric composites have a high strength-to-weight ratio, moderate elastic modulus, good fatigue resistance, and high chemical resistance to harsh environmental conditions. This is reflected in their increasing use of polymer composites in a variety of areas where light and strong structures are required, e.g., chemical industry, aerospace industry, automobile industry, and offshore platforms and infrastructures, just to mention a few. Despite the good chemical resistance of polymeric composites, their fatigue resistance can be significantly affected, especially when they are exposed to an aggressive environment with high relative humidity. Therefore, the development of durable and safe engineering structures requires not only a strong knowledge about their long-term fatigue properties but also the development of reliable fatigue life prediction models tailored for these environments. This Special Issue aims to gather contributions focused on any topic related to the dialectical relationship between fatigue behavior and aging of polymeric composites. Both original research articles and reviews are encouraged.

Dr. Ricardo Branco
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • polymer-based composites
  • hydrothermal aging
  • aggressive environments
  • mechanical properties
  • chemical characterization
  • fatigue behavior
  • fracture behavior
  • multiscale analysis
  • numerical simulation

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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