Special Issue "Theoretical and Computational Modeling of Advanced Materials and Structures"

Submission Deadline: 30 June 2022
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Guest Editors
Dr. Francesco Tornabene, University of Salento, Italy
Dr. Rossana Dimitri, University of Salento, Italy

Summary

In the last decades, composite materials are increasingly applied in many branches of industries, due to their higher values of strength and stiffness, superior thermal properties, and reduced weights, which can affect the mechanical performances of beam, plate, or shell structural applications. On the other hand, the discovery of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) or further nano-scale derivatives of carbon, such as graphene, with their oxide, opens a new horizon in the material science, and makes these advanced nano-scale materials an efficient alternative to conventional micro-size reinforcements such as carbon and glass fibers. The use of carbon-based nanofillers as reinforcement phase in polymers enables enhanced properties within nanocomposites, namely, high stiffness, strength, toughness, hardness, heat distortion temperature, and electrical properties in addition to a reduced processing cost due to their exclusive nanostructures. In a context where an increased computational demand is required to solve even more complicated problems, this special issue discusses about high-performance computational strategies and advanced theoretical formulations to solve heat transfer problems; thermal and mechanical stresses (including boundary layer and edge stresses); free vibrations and damping; transient dynamics; bifurcation buckling, local buckling, face-sheet wrinkling and core crimping; large deflection and postbuckling problems; effects of discontinuities (eg, cutouts and stiffeners), and geometric changes (eg, tapered thickness); damage and failure of sandwich structures; optimization and design studies.


Keywords
• Advanced computational methods
• Buckling behavior
• Carbon nanotubes
• Complex materials
• Composite beams, plates, and shells
• Constitutive models
• Damage
• Dynamics
• Fracture mechanics
• Functionally graded materials
• Homogenization techniques
• Metamaterials
• Nanostructures
• Smart materials
• Statics
• Theoretical and numerical strategies