We can define an interface between a reinforcement and a matrix as the bounding surface between the two across which a discontinuity in some parameter occurs. The discontinuity across the interface may be sharp or gradual. Mathematically, interface is a bidimensional region. In practice, we have an interfacial region with a finite thickness. In any event, an interface is the region through which material parameters, such as concentration of an element, crystal structure, atomic registry, elastic modulus, density, coefficient of thermal expansion, etc. change from one side to another. Clearly, a given interface may involve one or more of these items.


Contact Angle Interfacial Strength Interfacial Shear Stress Mechanical Bonding Interfacial Shear Strength 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Krishan K. Chawla
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  1. 1.Materials and EngineeringThe University of Alabama at BirminghamBirminghamUSA

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