Special Issue "Modelling Environmental Ageing & Degradation of Composite Materials"

A special issue of Journal of Composites Science (ISSN 2504-477X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Andrey E. Krauklis
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Institute for Mechanics of Materials, University of Latvia, Jelgavas Street 3, LV-1004 Riga, Latvia
Interests: computer modeling; materials science and engineering; physical chemistry; polymer science; composite materials; mathematical modelling; environmental aging; durability
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Dr. Kamalakshya Mahatab
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Chennai Mathematical Institute, Chennai, India
Interests: number theory; combinatorics; representation theory; algorithms; mathematical modeling
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Dr. Olesja Starkova
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Institute for Mechanics of Materials, University of Latvia, Jelgavas Street 3, LV-1004 Riga, Latvia
Interests: polymer composites; nanocomposites; environmental aging; durability; viscoelastic properties; water absorption; modelling
Dr. Abedin I. Gagani
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Siemens Digital Industries Software, Via Werner von Siemens 1, 20128 Milan, Italy
Interests: composites; durability; degradation; fatigue; bonding; joining; digitalization; digital twin

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Composite materials possess superior mechanical properties, which are often compromised by a degree of environmental aging and degradation. Composite materials, and fibre-reinforced composites in particular, are often used in structures in humid, marine and offshore environments, where aging and degradation processes take place. In the state of the art, mainly expensive and long testing programmes are needed to evaluate the environmental durability of a composite structure, leading to enormous expenses. This aspect slows down the development of novel projects in the composite industry. Current trend aims to replace, at least partly, aforementioned testing programmes with numerical, analytical and multiscale modelling tools.

This Issue is aimed to be multidisciplinary, involving theoretical and computational aspects of predicting composite material properties and deterioration due to aging and degradation. The fundamental understanding of intermolecular interactions, and methodologies such as Quantitative Structure–Property Relationships (QSPR), Molecular Dynamics (MD), Finite Element Analysis (FEA) or novel machine learning tools, such as Bayesian networks, are of interest, but the Issue is not limited to these aspects. The scope of the Special Issue spans across the whole modelling field, including mathematics-, physics- and chemistry-based solutions (analytical, numerical and phenomenological tools).

We invite researchers to contribute to the Special Issue titled “Modelling Environmental Aging and Degradation of Composite Materials”, which is intended to serve as a unique multidisciplinary forum on theoretical and computational science and engineering in regard to the aging and degradation phenomena of composite materials, as well as experimental validation of such modelling methodologies.

 The potential topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Environmental aging;
  • Durability;
  • Degradation;
  • Modelling;
  • Mathematical modelling;
  • Kinetics;
  • Physical chemistry;
  • Computer modelling;
  • Multiscale models;
  • Accelerated aging;
  • Accelerated testing methodology;
  • Lifetime prediction;
  • Cross-coupled effects;
  • Polymer composites;
  • Fibre-reinforced composites;
  • Composite materials;
  • Quantitative structure–property relationships;
  • Finite element analysis;
  • Molecular dynamics;
  • Machine learning;
  • Bayesian networks;
  • Computational property prediction and modelling.

Dr. Andrey E. Krauklis
Dr. Kamalakshya Mahatab
Dr. Olesja Starkova
Dr. Abedin I. Gagani
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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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. Journal of Composites Science is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

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  • environmental aging
  • durability
  • degradation
  • modelling
  • mathematical modelling
  • kinetics
  • physical chemistry
  • computer modelling
  • multiscale models
  • accelerated aging
  • accelerated testing methodology
  • lifetime prediction
  • cross-coupled effects
  • polymer composites
  • fibre-reinforced composites
  • composite materials
  • quantitative structure–property relationships
  • finite element analysis
  • molecular dynamics
  • machine learning
  • bayesian networks
  • computational property prediction and modelling

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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