Special Issue "Mechanics of Composite Materials and Structures"

Submission Deadline: 15 June 2021 (closed)
Guest Editors
Prof. Jian Xiong, Harbin Institute of Technology, China
Prof. Wu Xu, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
Prof. Jin-Shui Yang, Harbin Engineering University, China
Prof. Hui Li, Northeastern University, China


Plate, shell and panel are basic structures used in engineering and industry. These structures play an important role as main supporting component in all kind of structure in machinery, civil engineering, ship building, flight vehicle manufacturing, etc. Composite materials and structures are widely used in aerospace, marine, automobile industries due to their designable characteristic, lightweight advantageous, high specific strength and stiffness. Common configurations include laminated materials, hybrid layered materials, sandwich core materials and structures (foam, honeycomb, corrugated and lattice cores, etc). How to establish an accurate analytical and numerical model is one of the most important subjects in composite materials and structures. The topics discussed in this special issue include aspects of core-face bonding and reinforcement, enhancement of core mechanical properties and panel performance (including the role of structural hierarchy), and multifunctional advantages offered by different core constructions. In addition, the special issue discusses potential applications, including in morphing wing design, impact resistance and ultralightweight applications. Future research directions are discussed. Topics of interest for this Special Issue include, but are not limited to:

Mechanics of composite laminated materials

Mechanics of hybrid layered materials

Mechanics of composite sandwich structures

Mechanics of lightweight structures

Multifunctional composite materials and structures

Impact behavior of new type lightweight materials

Composite; mechanics; modeling; sandwich; lightweight structure

Published Papers

  • Study on the Mechanical Properties of Ni-Ti-Cu Shape Memory Alloy Considering Different Cu Contents
  • Abstract By adding copper to increase the performance, the Ni-Ti-Cu Shape Memory Alloy (SMA), has been widely used in the field of engineering in recent years. A thermodynamic constitutive model for Ni-Ti-Cu SMA considering different copper contents is established in this work. Numerical results for two different copper contents, as examples, are compared with the experimental results to verify the accuracy of the theoretical work. Based on the verified constitutive model, the effects of different copper content on the mechanical properties of Ni-Ti-Cu SMA and the tensile and compressive asymmetric properties of Ni-Ti-Cu SMA are finally discussed, respectively. More
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  • Investigation on the Mechanical Properties of Polycrystalline Mg Using Molecular Dynamics Simulation
  • Abstract Magnesium (Mg) and its composites have been widely used in different fields, but the mechanical properties and deformation mechanisms of polycrystalline Mg (polyMg) at the atomic scale are poorly understood. In this paper, the effects of grain size, temperature, and strain rate on the tensile properties of polyMg are explored and discussed by the Molecular dynamics (MD) simulation method. The calculated results showed that there exists a critical grain size of 10 nm for the mechanical properties of polyMg. The flow stress decreases with the increase of grain size if the average grain size is larger than 10 nm, which… More
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  • Experimental and Numerical Study on Mechanical Properties of Z-pins Reinforced Composites Adhesively Bonded Single-Lap Joints
  • Abstract The mechanical properties of Z-pins reinforced composites adhesively bonded single-lap joints (SLJs) under un-directional tension loading are investigated by experimental and numerical methods. Three kinds of joint configurations, including SLJs with three/two rows of Z-pins and “I” array of Z-pins, are investigated by tension test. The failure modes and mechanism of reinforced joints with different Z-pins numbers and alignment are analyzed, and the comparison is performed for the failure strengths of no Z-pins and Z-pins reinforced joints. According to experimental results, failure modes of three kinds of joints are all mixed failure. It turns out that the Z-pins are pulled… More
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  • Design of Multi-Coupled Laminates with Extension-Twisting Coupling for Application in Adaptive Structures
  • Abstract The multiple coupling of composite laminates has a unique advantage in improving the macro mechanical properties of composite structures. A total of three hygro-thermally stable multi-coupled laminates with extension-twisting coupling were presented, which were conducive to the formation of passive adaptive structures. Then, the multi-coupled laminates were used to design the bending-twisting coupled box structure, in which the configuration of laminate and box structure could be extended to variable cross-section configuration. The optimal design of stacking sequence was realized, the optimization objectives of which were to maximize bending-twisting coupling of box structure and extension-twisting coupling of laminate, respectively. The effects… More
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  • Damage Failure Analysis of Z-Pins Reinforced Composite Adhesively Bonded Single-Lap Joint
  • Abstract In order to study the mechanical properties of Z-pins reinforced laminated composite single-lap adhesively bonded joint under un-directional static tensile load, damage failure analysis of the joint was carried out by means of test and numerical simulation. The failure mode and mechanism of the joint were analyzed by tensile failure experiments. According to the experimental results, the joint exhibits mixed failure, and the ultimate failure is Z-pins pulling out of the adherend. In order to study the failure mechanism of the joint, the finite element method is used to predict the failure strength. The numerical results are in good agreement… More
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  • Fabrication and Statics Performance of Pyramidal Lattice Stitched Foam Sandwich Composites
  • Abstract In this study, the pyramidal lattice stitched foam sandwich composite materials were manufactured by integrating top and bottom panels with pyramidal lattice core to overcome the weak interface between the core and the skins of the sandwich structure. The influence of the reinforcing core rods on the mechanical properties including compressive, shear, and three-point bending performances of the foam sandwich composite materials were revealed through theoretical analysis and comparative experiments. The theoretical predictions were consistent with the experimental results. Compressive test, shear test and three-point bending test were performed. The experimental results show that the core rods can significantly improve… More
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