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Scratch Behavior of Polymer Matrix Composites

Call for Papers

The wide application of polymers has generated a considerable amount of interest in the study of the scratch deformation. Scratch is a type of surface damage affecting the appearance of the top layers when movable objects are rubbed against the surface of plastic components. Surface scratches can easily occur during manufacturing and assembling stages, transportation, and the service life of the component. The scratch on the polymer surface leads to stress concentration and reduces mechanical strength when exposed to loads associated with tension, impact, flexure, or fatigue. In particular, improvement in the scratch resistance of polymers has been achieved by increasing crystallinity and through reinforcement of the polymer matrix with particulate fillers and reinforcing fibers. The type of filler and/or fibers, the interface between the polymer matrix and filler and/or fibers, and also the surface morphology are important parameters for scratch resistance.

The purpose of this special issue is to publish high-quality research articles as well as reviews that seek to address recent development on the preparation, characterization, and application of nano/microscratch behavior of polymer matrix composites, as well as the relevant prospect on opportunities and challenges.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Scratch behavior of thin composite laminates
  • The effect of natural fiber reinforcement type on the scratch behavior of polymer matrix composites
  • Scratch resistance of biobased polymer matrix composites
  • Microindentation properties of particle filled composite materials
  • Viscoelastic behavior of fiber reinforced composites during scratch tests
  • Nanoscratch behavior of carbon nanotube based composites
  • Mechanical behavior of scratched polymer matrix composites
  • Effect of multiple scratches on the polymer matrix composites/polymer blends
  • Interface properties between fibers and polymer matrix determined by nano- or microscratch method
  • Interfacial adhesion of composite membranes probed by in situ nanoscratch technique
  • Effect of stick slip on the scratch performance of composite materials
  • Surface damage mechanisms of scratched polymer matrix composites

Authors can submit their manuscripts through the Manuscript Tracking System at

Submission DeadlineFriday, 25 August 2017
Publication DateJanuary 2018

Papers are published upon acceptance, regardless of the Special Issue publication date.

Lead Guest Editor

Guest Editors

  • Onur Çoban, Kocaeli University, Kocaeli, Turkey
  • James Kohl, University of San Diego, San Diego, USA
  • Han Jiang, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu, China
  • Navin Chand, Advanced Materials and Processes Research Institute, Bhopal, India