Special Issue "Mechanical and Structural Properties of Polymer Materials"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 29 February 2024 | Viewed by 80

Special Issue Editors

Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST), Materials Research and Technology (MRT) Department, 5 Rue Bommel, ZAE Robert Steichen, L-4940 Hautcharage, Luxembourg
Interests: polymer physics; mechanical behavior; damage; orientation; processing; nanocomposite; SAXS; WAXS; tomography; structure; microscopy; interface
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School of Traffic & Transportation Engineering, Key Laboratory of Traffic Safety on Track, Central South University, Changsha 410075, China
Interests: 3D printing; fibre-reinforced polymer composites; formulation; thermo environment
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The mechanical performance of polymer-based materials is often related to structural features that do not allow materials to efficiently accommodate the macroscopic strain to which they are exposed. In the case of neat polymers, these features are linked to their molecular structure and microstructure (molecular weight, branching, orientation, chain rigidity, entanglements, crosslinking, crystallinity, crystalline lamella thickness, etc.). Concerning polymer-based composites, the interfacial region between the reinforcing agent (nanofiller, short fibre, continuous fibre, etc.) drastically influences the mechanical properties. The lack of deformability or stress transfer relating to these structural features is at the origin of damage phenomena accommodating the macroscopic strain, which results in the extreme case of material failure. Knowledge of the relationships between the structure at different scales and the mechanical properties of polymer-based materials is of fundamental interest to improve material synthesis, formulation, (re)processing, and/or design. Extending the mechanical durability of polymer-based materials is beneficial for a sustainable future.

This Special Issue focuses on these relationships, especially but not exclusively in the case of emerging polymer-based materials such as bioplastics/biocomposites, vitrimers, self-healing polymer-based materials, 3D printed materials, and hybrid systems. The influence of ageing on the structure–mechanical property relationships is also of high interest for this issue.

Dr. Frédéric Addiego
Prof. Dr. Kui Wang
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • microstructure
  • molecular structure
  • composites
  • interface
  • characterisation
  • mechanical properties
  • damage
  • ageing

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