Multi-Functionality of Polymer Composites book cover

Multi-Functionality of Polymer Composites

Challenges and New Solutions

Composites have many engineering advantages over traditional materials, including increased strength, lightness, chemical resistance, and more, making them ideal for use in high performance components in a range of applications from aerospace to construction, and medicine to consumer goods. However, the use of composites also drastically increases material and processing costs.

Multi-functionality combines multiple properties - such as thermal stability or electrical conductivity - into a single material to make it suitable for use in applications for which normally two or more materials would be required. By embedding a material with lightweight circuitry, for example, you can eliminate support chassis, enclosures, brackets and insulation materials – not only saving weight and volume, but eliminating design and production costs for every part no longer needed.

Multi-functionality also allows for ‘smart materials’, including ‘self-healing’ material, shape-memory polymers and piezoelectric materials.

Bringing together contributions from experts in the field of multifunctionality, this book presents the state-of-the-art in this exciting and rapidly developing field. It enables engineers and materials scientists to achieve multi-functionality in their own products, using different types of polymer matrices and various nano- and micro-sized fillers and reinforcements, including – but not limited to – carbon nanotubes and graphene.

The latest developments in a wide range of applications, including automotive/aerospace, electronics, construction and medicine are covered, and future trends are also discussed, making this book an essential reference for any researcher or engineer hoping to stay ahead of the curve in this high-potential area


Scientists and Engineers in a wide variety of industrial sectors – chemical companies such as BASF and DuPont, aerospace/automotive, energy and construction.
Composite Materials/Materials Design courses in academia, for post-graduate students.


Hardbound, 600 Pages

Published: April 2015

Imprint: William Andrew

ISBN: 978-0-323-26434-1


  • 1. Routes for Acheiving Multi-Functionality in Reinforced Polymers and Composite Structures
    2. Functional polymer/ZnO nanocomposites: controlled dispersion and properties
    3. Use of special fillers in polymer composite parts with multifunctional properties
    4. Reactive Compatibilization in Technology of Composites Based off Poly(alkylene Terepthalate)s
    5. PLA-Based Multifunctional Composites
    6. Multi- functional polymer composites using natural fiber reinforcements
    7. Foams in the fuction of Sandwich Cores for Light Weight Applications
    8. Multi- functional composite laminates for  automotive / aerospace applications
    9. Multi-functionality of polymer nanocomposites for aerospace applications
    10. Carbon and Steel Fibre Hybrid Composites for Airframe Applications
    11. Synergistic Effects of Carbon Nanotube and Graphene on the Long-term Performance of their Polymer Composites
    12. Multi-Functional Adhesives for Aerospace Applications
    13. Friction Composites
    14. Nanographite together iwth Other Fillers for Multi-Functional Composites in the Petroleum Industry
    15. Multi-Functional Polymer Nanocomposite Coating
    16. Wear Resistance Self-Healing Polymers and Composites
    17. Multi-Functional Composites for load bearing and electrical power storage
    18. Multifunctional SMA Reinforced Composites for SHM and De-icing
    19. Multifunctional Polymer Composites for ‘Intellectual’ Structures
    20. Electrodes using Electrospun Composite Fibres
    21. Light-weight radar transparent composites for structural applications
    22. Multi-Functional Polymer materials for medical stents and scaffolds
    23. Composite Materiomics: Multi Length scale self assembly of hierarchical composites for structural and tissue engineering applications
    24. Self-Healing woven glass/epoxy composites
    25. Self-sending carbon nanotube composites
    26. Shape memory thermoset polymer composites
    27. New functions in polymer composites by the use of CNTs
    28. Multifunctional polymer-based nanocomposites: Future trends


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