Call for Papers: Special Issue on Novel and Efficient Methods for the Advanced Design, Optimization and Manufacturing of Composite Materials and Structures

Guest Editors:
Prof. Marco Montemurro, ENSAM Bordeaux, France
Prof. Antonio J.M. Ferreira, University of Porto, Portugal
Prof. Nicholas Fantuzzi, University of Bologna, Italy
Prof. Michele Bacciocchi, University of San Marino, San Marino

Summary and scope
This Special Issue highlights novel and efficient methods for designing, optimizing, and manufacturing composite materials and structures. It addresses limitations in traditional approaches by integrating advanced computer-aided design (CAD) tools, simulation techniques, and innovative design approaches. Optimization methods employ cutting-edge algorithms to search for optimal material configurations, considering factors such as weight reduction, structural integrity, and cost efficiency. Novel manufacturing techniques, including 3D printing and automated fibre placement, enable precise and efficient fabrication of complex composite structures. These advancements significantly contribute to various industries, revolutionizing the creation of lighter, stronger, and more efficient composite materials and structures.

  • Novel methods for advanced composite design, optimization, and manufacturing.
  • Integration of CAD, simulation, and innovative design to overcome limitations.
  • Cutting-edge algorithms for optimal material configurations.
  • 3D printing, automated fibre placement revolutionizes precise composite fabrication.
  • Implications of lighter, stronger, and more efficient composites across industries.

Submission guidelines
All papers must be prepared in accordance with the Instructions for Authors at: Authors should submit through the online submission site and select article type “SI - Novel and Efficient Methods for the Advanced Design, Optimization and Manufacturing of Composite Materials and Structures". 

Submitted papers should present original, unpublished work, relevant to one of the topics of the Special Issue. All submitted papers will be evaluated on the basis of relevance, significance of contribution, technical quality, scholarship, and quality of presentation, by at least two independent reviewers. It is the policy of the journal that no submission, or substantially overlapping submission, be published or be under review at another journal or conference at any time during the review process.

Please note that the authors of selected papers presented at ICCSE 2023 are invited to submit an extended version of their contributions by taking into consideration both the reviewers’ comments on their conference paper, and the feedback received during presentation at the conference. It is worth clarifying that the extended version is expected to contain a substantial scientific contribution, e.g., in the form of new algorithms, experiments or qualitative/quantitative comparisons, and that neither verbatim transfer of large parts of the conference paper nor reproduction of already published figures will be tolerated. The extended versions of  ICCSE 2023 papers will undergo the standard, rigorous journal review process and be accepted only if well-suited to the topic of this Special Issue and meeting the scientific level of the journal. Final decisions on all papers are made by the Editor in Chief.

Submission deadline: 31 December 2023

About the Guest Editors
Marco Montemurro is a Full Professor at Arts et Métiers Sciences and Technologies and he develops his research at the I2M Laboratory in Bordeaux since September 2013. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanics in 2012 at Sorbonne Universités (UPMC Paris VI) in France for his work entitled “Optimal Design of Advanced Engineering Modular Systems through a New Genetic Approach”, where a new meta-heuristic, dealing with optimisation problems with a variable number of design variables, was developed. In 2012-2013 he was assistant professor at the Université de Lorraine. Moreover, since 2021, he is Head of Joint Research Laboratory COSiMS (Conception, Optimisation et Simulation des Matériaux et Structures) between I2M Laboratory and CEA (Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique). His research activities focus on the development of: (a) multi-scale optimisation strategies for composites, (b) topology optimisation algorithms based on NURBS hyper-surfaces, (c) multi-scale global/local modelling strategies for anisotropic structures, (d) development of theoretical models based on tensor invariants for anisotropic materials and structures. Currently, he is coordinator, or in charge for the I2M laboratory, of ten French and European (H2020) projects focusing on new topology optimisation methods for additive manufacturing and on new multi-scale optimisation approaches for variable stiffness composites. Dr. Montemurro is co-author of 158 research works including papers in international peer reviewed journals, chapters in books and international referenced conference proceedings. In 2019 he was awarded the Prix Daniel Valentin by French Society of Composite Materials (Association pour les MAtériaux Composites) in recognition of his outstanding works on the multi-scale design and optimisation of composite structures. In 2022, he was ranked among the top 2% of scientists in the world by Stanford University. He serves as associate editor for Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimisation, International Journal on Interactive Design and Manufacturing, Mathematical and Computational Applications, Mechanics of Advanced Materials and Structures, Aerotecnica Missili & Spazio, Advances in Mechanical Engineering, Symmetry, Cogent Engineering.

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Antonio J. M. Ferreira is Full Professor at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto, Portugal. He is a respected scientist known for his work in the field of computational mechanics codes for plates and shells. His research focuses on developing numerical methods to analyze the behavior of these structural components. Ferreira's contributions have led to advancements in understanding deformation, stress distribution, and failure mechanisms in plates and shells under different loading conditions. Ferreira's work has found practical applications in industries such as aerospace, civil engineering, and manufacturing. His computational models and codes have provided engineers and researchers with valuable tools for designing and analyzing structures. In addition to his research, Ferreira has held positions at the University of Porto, where he has taught and mentored students. Antonio J. M. Ferreira's research has had a significant impact on the field of computational mechanics, particularly in the domain of plates and shells. His contributions have been recognized internationally, and his work continues to shape the understanding and analysis of these structures.

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Nicholas Fantuzzi is Associate Professor of Structural Mechanics. He received MSc in Civil Engineering and PhD in Structural Engineering and Hydraulics from University of Bologna. He holds the Italian National Academic Qualification as Associate Professor in Mechanics of Solids and Structures. His research interests are mechanics of solids and structures, fracture mechanics, implementation of numerical methods for the design of structures, application of composite materials in offshore engineering, and design and strengthening of offshore components with numerical simulations. He has been visiting professor at City University of Hong Kong, Chongqing University and University of Rijeka. Winner of 3 international awards. He participated in the organization or co-chaired 14 International Conferences on composite structures and mechanics of solids and structures. He has been invited speaker at 5 international conferences. Section Editor-in-Chief of “Mathematical and Computational Applications”, MDPI Publishing. Reviewer on more than 90 international journals. Author of more than 100 international peer reviewed journal papers, 9 books and more than 80 abstracts in national and international conferences.

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Michele Bacciocchi is Associate Professor at the University of the Republic of San Marino (San Marino). He obtained his PhD in Civil, Chemical, Environmental, and Materials Engineering at the University of Bologna (Italy). He was a research-visiting scholar at Texas A&M University (United States). His research interests are the mechanics of solids, elasticity, and numerical modeling of structures. He co-authored more than 60 international peer-reviewed journal papers, 6 books, and more than 15 abstracts in international and national conferences. He organized, as Conference Co-Chair, several international events on composite materials and structures.

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