Special Issue "Research Progress on Mechanical Behavior of Polymers"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 February 2024 | Viewed by 167

Special Issue Editors

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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Department of Chemical Engineering, Materials and Environment, Sapienza University of Rome, 00184 Rome, Italy
Interests: fatigue and fracture behavior of materials; mechanical characterization; structural integrity of conventional and innovative materials
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Polymers offer a wide range of mechanical behaviours that profoundly affect their performance and determine their application in transforming healthcare, consumer goods, automotive, or aerospace industries, among others. Moreover, additive manufacturing has revolutionized polymer applications, allowing the creation of complex components with reduced waste and customized mechanical properties that depend on the materials used, process parameters, printing strategies, and post-processing. Therefore, prominent thermoplastics such as polylactic acid (PLA), polyethylene terephthalate glycol (PETG), or polyethylether ketone (PEEK), to name a few, are now widely employed for prototyping and making functional parts of consumer products, e.g., for biomedical, aerospatial, oil, and gas applications.

Hence, a thorough understanding of the mechanical properties of this class of engineering materials, either at room or at low/high temperatures, is crucial for designing durable polymer components.

In this Special Issue, we invite researchers and practitioners to contribute their expertise and insights to further our understanding of topics such as the yield strength, tensile strength, hardness, ductility, fracture toughness, fatigue, creep deformation, and failure mechanisms of recently developed or newly applied polymers.

Dr. Rui C. Martins
Dr. Ricardo Branco
Prof. Dr. Filippo Berto
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Polymers is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2700 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • polymers
  • additive manufacturing
  • mechanical behaviour
  • structural integrity

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