Key Engineering Materials
Precision engineering and micro/nano technologies have been developing rapidly in recent years, and are set to become the dominant players in a new industrial revolution of the 21st century. They will not only provide new possibilities for exponential development of the global economy, but also cause a revolution in human understanding.
This collection reflects the current worldwide state of knowledge concerning the latest scientific concepts and technological developments in the characterization, testing, mechanics, modelling, manufacturing and applications of various classes of composite materials and structures. It is also intended to promote the sharing of ideas and emerging technologies, as well as to foster R & D collaboration among academia, research institutions and the relevant industries.
Volume is indexed by Thomson Reuters CPCI-S (WoS).
Among the many topics covered by the papers are: bio-active and bio-inert ceramics, composites, coatings, bioactive cements, porous materials, dental materials, orthopaedic implants, antibacterial materials, protein absorption, cell-material interactions in vitro, tissue response and clinical applications. In particular, tissue engineering, drug delivery, nanotechnology and surface modification were covered by an appreciable number of papers; thus reflecting the rapid progress made in these cutting-edge research topics and the latest directions taken by developments in biomaterials and their clinical applications .
The main focus of this book is the rapidly expanding new field of experimental mechanics, as applied to nano and biotechnology, which is enthusiastically responding to the advances in these technologies and to the increasing need for precise measurements of novel materials and biological tissues. For instance, whereas optical techniques had previously been preferred, particularly in the field of bio-engineering, other mature methods are now being exploited in tandem with the growth in micro- and nano-manufacturing.
This book, which comprises contributions from researchers in 20 countries, was designed to be a forum within which to promote and exchange the latest experimental and theoretical research work on structural integrity, durability and failure analysis; with the emphasis being placed on fracture and damage mechanics.
The papers which make up this volume reflect the very diverse nature of nondestructive evaluation; covering as they do topics ranging from traditional NDE to newly developing NDE methods such as structural health monitoring; where nondestructive technologies are rapidly progressing by integrating emerging technologies from various fields.
Japan is currently the most active country of all of those carrying out research in the rapidly expanding field of Electroceramics; a field that has tremendous implications for a wide range of high-tech applications.