S1: Processing-microstructure-mechanical behavior of polymers and biopolymers

Rafael Estevez Hans Van Dommelen
Rafael Estevez (INP Grenoble, France)
Hans Van Dommelen (TU-Eindhoven, The Netherlands)

The mechanical behaviour of polymers is usually time-dependent, sometimes anisotropic, and is generally strongly influenced by their microstructure, which is formed during processing of synthetic polymers, and is also an important characteristic of biopolymers. The physical age of amorphous polymers depends on their thermomechanical history and morphological characteristics of semicrystalline polymers, such as the degree of crystallinity, and crystal type, size and orientation are determined by processing and ageing conditions. In short fibre-reinforced polymers, the fibre orientation distribution is formed in the processing stage and is usually heterogeneous within a product, while in long-fibre composites, the fibre orientation is chosen by design. This session focuses on a fundamental and quantitative understanding and prediction of the mechanical behaviour of various polymer systems and how their mechanical properties depend on the structure and on the processing conditions creating this structure. Contributions and new developments in the characterization and prediction of the elastic-(visco)-plastic response and early stages of damage and failure at different length scales of various polymer systems are of interest, including continuum and atomistic modelling approaches. Combined experimental and numerical approaches for proper parameter identification and predictions are also welcome.

The topics of this session include, but are not limited to:

  • Amorphous polymers
  • Semicrystalline polymers
  • Biopolymers
  • Elastomers
  • Composites
  • Polymer foams
  • Time and temperature dependent properties
  • Fatigue
  • Fracture
  • Creep and failure
  • Physics of deformation
  • Micromechanical modelling
  • Atomistic, continuum and multi-scale modelling methods
  • Constitutive modelling
  • Microstructure formation and evolution
  • Experimental characterization of mechanical behaviour
  • Additive manufacturing of polymers
  • Ageing of polymers
  • Recycling of polymers and sustainable polymers
  • Novel applications
  • Important Dates

    Abstract submission

    • October 1st, 2023
      Beginning of abstract submission

    • December 22nd, 2023
      January 14th, 2024
      Abstract submission deadline


    • March 1st, 2024
      Early registration deadline

    • April 1st, 2024
      Last registration for presenting authors with accepted abstract

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