Recent Progress in Materials  (ISSN 2689-5846) is an international peer-reviewed Open Access journal published quarterly online by LIDSEN Publishing Inc. This periodical is devoted to publishing high-quality papers that describe the most significant and cutting-edge research in all areas of Materials. Its aim is to provide timely, authoritative introductions to current thinking, developments and research in carefully selected topics. Also, it aims to enhance the international exchange of scientific activities in materials science and technology.
Recent Progress in Materials publishes original high quality experimental and theoretical papers and reviews on basic and applied research in the field of materials science and engineering, with focus on synthesis, processing, constitution, and properties of all classes of materials. Particular emphasis is placed on microstructural design, phase relations, computational thermodynamics, and kinetics at the nano to macro scale. Contributions may also focus on progress in advanced characterization techniques.          

Main research areas include (but are not limited to):
Characterization & Evaluation of Materials
Metallic materials 
Inorganic nonmetallic materials 
Composite materials
Polymer Materials
Sustainable Materials and Technologies
Special types of Materials
Macro-, micro- and nano structure of materials
Environmental interactions, process modeling
Novel applications of materials

Publication Speed (median values for papers published in 2023): Submission to First Decision: 5.3 weeks; Submission to Acceptance: 12.6 weeks; Acceptance to Publication: 7.5 days (1-2 days of FREE language polishing included)

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Special Issue

Ceramic Matrix Composites: Performance Evaluation and Application

Submission Deadline: December 30, 2024 (Open) Submit Now

Guest Editor

Ali Abdul-Aziz, PhD, Fellow ASME, ASNT, PE

Associate Professor, College of Aeronautics and Engineering, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, USA

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Research Interests: Aerospace Engineering; aerospace application and engine technology; superalloys; protective environmental and thermal barrier coatings; durability studies; experimental testing; life assessment; complex operational loading conditions; high-stress and temperature scenarios

About this topic

This Special Issue addresses recent advances in material modeling, failure characterization, material performance, damage mechanics, testing and damage evaluation of coated ceramic matrix composites (CMC) for high-temperature applications in the range greater than 2700 °F. The goal of this Special Issue is to investigate the latest and most up-to-date development concerning the durability of this material and its applicability to combustion and turbine section components of aero-propulsion and land-based gas turbine engines, thermal protection systems, thruster nozzles, reusable rocket nozzles, and turbopump components for space vehicles. CMC such as SiC-SiC (silicon-carbide-fiber-reinforced silicon carbide) are being considered by engines makers for use in hot section components and by airframe manufacturers of launch vehicles. These advanced materials tend to provide the optimum and desired weight level thought and the higher temperature tolerability as well as the structural capability as compared to components made from conventional metals. Additionally, because of their high strength and durability at high temperatures, CMC’s help increase vehicle performance and safety considerably and lower the cost of transporting payloads to orbit.
Operational issues that impact the performance, strength, and service life of the CMC, such as environmental effects, creep, cracking and other challenges, are welcomed for submission. Protective coatings mainly for ceramic matrix composite (CMC) substrates, such as environmental barrier coatings (EBCs) are evolving to compete with Thermal Barrier Coatings (TBCs) to offer an environmental shield for the hot section components of the turbine engine.
Applications of coatings are equally invited, along with along with physics-based validation models evaluating the durability and degradation mechanisms of these protective barriers. Submissions on Nondestructive evaluation (NDE) techniques and analytical simulations that capture all stages of damage and fracture growth from initiation to progression to final failure are also welcomed.  NDE tools that allow detecting defects in the coated CMC components and integrate these anomalies into a structural model to evaluate the structural response and service life are highly desirable.
Articles and reviews dealing with CMCs for different market applications, including downstream sponsors, such as manufacturers, vendors, and end users, are sought. This Special Issue also welcomes studies on various types of ceramic matrix composites that are used by end users, such as in aerospace and defense, automotive, energy and power, and electrical and electronics.


CMC; SiC-SiC; Composites; Turbine Engine; EBC; TBC; Fracture Mechanics; Processing; Durability; Testing; Characterization; Material defects; Damage and fracture initiation; Material modeling; Allowables

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). Research articles and review articles are highly invited. Authors are encouraged to send the tentative title and abstract of the planned paper to the Editorial Office ( for record. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Editorial Office.

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Open Access Perspective

Whisker Bond: From Findings to Concept in Refractories

Received: 12 January 2024;  Published: 12 April 2024;  doi: 10.21926/rpm.2402010


Ceramic bonds are conventionally formed during the burning of refractory bricks and by using pre-fabricated blocks or monolithic lining, which is characterized as the coalescence of the particles by liquid sintering. However, the whisker bond was discovered with the outstanding performance of unbur [...]
Open Access Review

Review on the Development of Titanium Diboride Ceramics

Received: 02 January 2024;  Published: 03 April 2024;  doi: 10.21926/rpm.2402009


Titanium diboride (TiB2) materials have garnered significant attention due to their remarkable comprehensive properties. They offer potential applications in high-temperature structural materials, cutting tools, armor, electrodes for metal smelting, and wear-resistant parts. However, due to the low self-diffusion coeffic [...]
Open Access Original Research

Stress Analysis and Life Prediction of a Ceramic Matrix Composite Vane Using a Micromechanics-Based Approach

Received: 06 September 2023;  Published: 01 December 2023;  doi: 10.21926/rpm.2304035


The results of stress analysis of a ceramic matrix composite (CMC) vane using a physics-based model developed for two-dimensional woven CMCs are presented. The model considers the inherent defects and micromechanical damage in woven CMCs along with time-dependent deformation of the constituents. Predictions include [...]
Open Access Original Research

Micromechanics-Based Modeling of SiC/SiC Ceramic Matrix Composites and Structures

Received: 23 January 2023;  Published: 20 June 2023;  doi: 10.21926/rpm.2302025


The behavior and response of ceramic matrix composites (CMCs), in particular silicon carbide fiber reinforced silicon carbide matrix (SiC/SiC), is affected by many factors such as variation of fiber volume fraction, residual stresses resulting from processing of the composites at high temperature, random microstructures, and the [...]
Open Access Original Research

Effect of Fiber/Matrix Interface Modification on Basalt Fiber Reinforced Geopolymer Composites

Received: 22 December 2020;  Published: 29 March 2021;  doi: 10.21926/rpm.2101008


Continuous fiber reinforced geopolymer matrix composites offer the potential for use in structural applications at temperatures up to 700°C, while enabling the manufacture at temperatures below 100°C. Studies have investigated a variety of fiber reinforcements, including carbon, SiC and Al2O3. While there has been active research into [...]
Open Access Original Research

Tribological Behaviour of Sputter Coated ZnO Thin Films

Received: 13 August 2020;  Published: 22 January 2021;  doi: 10.21926/rpm.2101003


The tribological properties of ZnO thin film coated on an aluminium work piece by RF magnetron sputtering were studied as a function of deposition power, substrate coating temperature, heat treatment and rotation speed. The variation in the coefficient of friction of ZnO films produced under various levels of coating parameters and conditions [...]