Special Issue "Polymer Degradation in Various Environment Conditions—Experimental Method and Numerical Modeling"
A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360). This special issue belongs to the section "Biomacromolecules, Biobased and Biodegradable Polymers".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 October 2023 | Viewed by 2770
Interests: composite materials; biodegradation; viscoplastic behavior; biomechanical design; solid mechanics; finite element modeling
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Biodegradable polymers find applications in many market segments. Among its main advantages is its ability to meet mechanical requirements within a certain time range, after which it degrades and is naturally absorbed. This ability can thus be used in the controlled release of substances such as fertilizers, perfumes, drugs, etc. On the other hand, short-use products can be easily disposable, saving significantly in terms of waste removal. Typical examples of applications of these materials are fishing nets or agricultural devices used during one season. In the field of medical devices used in regenerative medicine, these materials are used in combination with cells to produce temporary implants that replace the mechanical functions of the extracellular matrix, while the biological tissue gradually regenerates and replaces the implant that degrades and is naturally assimilated by the human body. This way, implant removal surgeries are avoided. In many situations, these types of solutions can replace transplants, autografts or xenografts. However, the design of these temporary devices still presents great challenges, namely, in the verification of the main requirement: the lifetime of the device, associated with the progressive loss of mechanical properties, until its complete erosion and assimilation. Thus, this Special Issue will be devoted to present new approaches and methodologies used to simulate the polymeric device’s mechanical behavior during its hydrolytic degradation.
Dr. André Ferreira Costa Vieira
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- biodegradable polymers
- mechanical behavior
- mass loss