Structural materials for aerospace

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Materials used in aerospace must meet a rigorous set of criteria in terms of performance and safety. For example, jet engines bring together superalloys, titanium alloys and thermal barrier coatings, operating under high temperature and cyclic stress. Light alloys and polymer composites used in airframes must combine sufficient mechanical performance with manufacturability. Meanwhile, thermal protection systems on space shuttles must survive extreme cold in space and the heat of atmospheric re-entry. As such, aerospace is one of the most demanding applications in materials science and there is a constant need for improved materials and manufacturing processes.

This cross-journal Collection between Nature Communications, Communications Materials and Scientific Reports brings together the latest developments in alloys, ceramics, polymers and composites used in aviation and space applications. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  • Alloys and ceramics for jet engines
  • Light alloys and composites for aerospace components
  • Heat and radiation shielding for space exploration
  • Manufacturing, processing and joining of materials used in aerospace

We welcome the submission of all papers relevant to structural materials used in aerospace. Nature Communications and Communications Materials will publish research papers, Reviews and Perspectives, and Scientific Reports will publish research papers. All submissions will be subject to the same review process and editorial standards as regular submissions at the participating journals.

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jet engine

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Reviews and Perspectives