By Klaus Friedrich
Using polymer composites in quite a few engineering purposes has turn into cutting-edge. This multi-author quantity offers an invaluable precis of up-to-date wisdom on polymer composites quite often, essentially integrating experimental experiences, theoretical analyses and computational modeling at assorted scales, i. e. , from nano- to macroscale. distinctive attention is given to 4 significant components: constitution and homes of polymer nanocomposites, characterization and modeling, processing and alertness of macrocomposites, and mechanical functionality of macrocomposites. the belief to prepare this quantity arose from a truly remarkable workshop - the 1st foreign Workshop on Polymers and Composites at IVW Kaiserslautern: Invited Humboldt-Fellows and individual Scientists, which was once hung on might 22-24,2003 on the college of Kaiserslautern, Germany. The contributing authors have been invited to include up-to-date wisdom and advancements into their person chapters inside a 12 months after the workshop, which eventually resulted in those first-class contributions. The luck of this workshop used to be often subsidized by way of the German Alexander von Humboldt beginning via a Sofia Kovalevskaja Award application, financed through the Federal Ministry for schooling and examine in the "Investment sooner or later software" of the German executive. In 2001, the Humboldt origin introduced this new award software as a way to supply notable younger researchers through the international a chance to set up their very own work-groups and to boost cutting edge study techniques almost in Germany. one of many editors, Z.