Recent Advances in Polymer Composites for Functional Applications

A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360). This special issue belongs to the section "Smart and Functional Polymers".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2024 | Viewed by 784

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Faculty of Materials Science and Engineering, Warsaw University of Technology, Warsaw, Poland
Interests: composites; polymers processing; characterization of polymer-based composites; fibre reinforced plastics, nanocomposites, conductive polymers; epoxy-bsaed composites; thermoplastic processing
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Faculty of Materials Science and Engineering, Warsaw University of Technology, Warszawa, Poland
Interests: composites; polymer-based composites; polymers processing; nanocomposites; fibre reinforced plastics; polymer-based coatings; nanocomposite coatings; anti-icing coatings; polymer-based hydrophobic materials; epoxy-based hydrophobic coatings

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Polymers and their composites exhibit immense potential for different functional applications due to their unique chemical and physical properties. Polymer composites, formed by combining polymers with functional additives or reinforcements, exhibit an unparalleled combination of strength, lightweight characteristics, and tailored functionalities. This unique combination of properties makes them ideal for applications in aerospace, automotive, construction, and numerous other industries. Their ability to precisely tune functional properties, such as electrical conductivity, thermal resistance, hydrophobicity, anti-icing, or flame retardancy, allows for tailored solutions that meet specific application requirements.

Polymer composites with functional properties are also esteemed for their corrosion resistance, contributing to extended product lifecycles and reduced maintenance costs. Moreover, their design flexibility and ease of processing enable the creation of complex shapes and structures, fostering innovation in product design and manufacturing.

This Special Issue, “Recent Advances in Polymer Composites for Functional Applications”, focuses on recent developments in the modeling, manufacturing, modification, and characterization of polymers and polymer-based composites with functional properties used in different demanding sectors like aviation, automotive, offshore, or wind energy production. Researchers interested in this field are invited to contribute to this Special Issue by submitting original research papers or comprehensive reviews.

Prof. Dr. Anna Boczkowska
Dr. Bartlomiej Przybyszewski
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Keywords

  • functional polymers
  • functional composites
  • polymer composites
  • nanocomposites
  • smart polymers
  • emerging polymer technologies
  • functional hybrid materials
  • advanced composites

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Detection of Destructive Processes and Assessment of Deformations in PP-Modified Concrete in an Air-Dry State and Exposed to Fire Temperatures Using the Acoustic Emission Method, Numerical Analysis and Digital Image Correlation
by Anna Adamczak-Bugno, Sebastian Lipiec, Peter Koteš, František Bahleda and Jakub Adamczak
Polymers 2024, 16(8), 1161; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym16081161 - 20 Apr 2024
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This article presents the results of tests carried out to assess the condition of PP-modified concrete. The tests were carried out on samples previously stored at ambient temperature and exposed to temperatures corresponding to fire conditions—300 °C, 450 °C, and 600 °C. Axial [...] Read more.
This article presents the results of tests carried out to assess the condition of PP-modified concrete. The tests were carried out on samples previously stored at ambient temperature and exposed to temperatures corresponding to fire conditions—300 °C, 450 °C, and 600 °C. Axial compression tests of cube-shaped samples and three-point bending of beams were carried out. During strength tests, acoustic emission (AE) signals were recorded and the force and deformation were measured. Recorded AE events were clustered using the k-means algorithm. The analysis of the test results allowed for the identification of signals characteristic of the individual stages of the material destruction process. Differences in the methods of destruction of samples stored in ambient conditions and those exposed to fire temperatures were also indicated. While loading the samples, measurements were carried out using the digital image correlation (DIC) method, which enabled the determination of displacements. Based on the results of the laboratory tests, a numerical model was developed. The results obtained using different research methods (DIC and FEM) were compared. Tomographic examinations and observations of the microstructure of the tested materials were also carried out. The analyses carried out allowed for a reliable assessment of the possibility of using the acoustic emission method to detect destructive processes and assess the technical condition of PP-modified concrete. It was confirmed that the acoustic emission method, due to differences at low load levels, can be a useful technique for assessing the condition of PP-modified concrete after exposure to fire temperatures. So far, no research directions in a similar field have been identified. Full article
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