Composite Materials V
Composites have long held the center-stage of research and development in the materials community. The concept of combining metals, ceramics and polymers - having various types, shapes and properties - into a single material exhibiting properties that none of its individual components possess, has created endless scope for the imagination of scientists and engineers. It has ignited numerous fields of research and development, and revolutionized many applications. However, in spite of the many advantages of composite materials, there remain troubling underlying problems arising from the complexity of the systems, and these have hindered their full exploitation in everyday life. Such challenges to the composite materials community have been the driving force for holding composite materials conferences such as the celebrated Cross-Strait ones.
This collection comprises 45 peer-reviewed papers covering the latest progress in the research and development of composite materials; including metal-, ceramic- and polymer-based composites. The areas covered include the synthesis, processing, structure, properties and performance of composite materials.