Metal-and polymer-matrix composites: Functional lightweight materials for high-performance structures

Nikhil Gupta, Muralidharan Paramsothy

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Abstract

The special topic "Metal- and Polymer-Matrix Composites" is intended to capture the state of the art in the research and practice of functional composites. The current set of articles related to metal-matrix composites includes reviews on functionalities such as self-healing, self-lubricating, and selfcleaning capabilities; research results on a variety of aluminum-matrix composites; and investigations on advanced composites manufacturing methods. In addition, the processing and properties of carbon nanotube-reinforced polymer-matrix composites and adhesive bonding of laminated composites are discussed. The literature on functional metal-matrix composites is relatively scarce compared to functional polymer-matrix composites. The demand for lightweight composites in the transportation sector is fueling the rapid development in this field, which is captured in the current set of articles. The possibility of simultaneously tailoring several desired properties is attractive but very challenging, and it requires significant advancements in the science and technology of composite materials. The progress captured in the current set of articles shows promise for developing materials that seem capable of moving this field from laboratory-scale prototypes to actual industrial applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)862-865
Number of pages4
JournalJOM
Volume66
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Engineering(all)

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