This volume is a compilation of papers that were presented at Symposium 4A: 'Advanced Structural Materials' of the XXII International Materials Research Congress, organized in collaboration with MRS, which was held from August 11 to 15, 2013 in Cancun, Mexico. The symposium was devoted to fundamental and technological applications of structural materials, and continued the tradition of providing a forum for scientists from various backgrounds with a common interest in the development and use of structural materials to come together and share their findings and expertise. The 'Advanced Structural Materials' symposium has been held for the last nineteen years with the objective of presenting overviews and recent investigations related to advanced structural metallic, ceramic and composite materials. The topics include innovative processing, phase transformations, mechanical properties, oxidation resistance, modeling and the relationship between processing, microstructure and mechanical behavior. Additionally, papers on industrial application and concrete are included.
1. Prediction model of deflections in PET fiber reinforced concrete beams; 2. Novel sandwich composite with recycled multilayer carton core and aluminum facings; 3. Improvement on mechanical properties of a particle board made of recycled material based on Tetra Brik (R); 4. Mathematical modeling of the fluid flow in a mixing device for melting/dissolving solid particles in a liquid alloy; 5. Study of a Cu-Al-Mn shape memory alloy produced by plasma melting followed by injection molding; 6. Influence of the reprocessing by plasma melting and injection molding on the thermomechanical properties of a Ni-Ti SMA manufactured by VIM; 7. Characterization of energy absorption of two armor grade composites arrangements base on aramid and polypropylene; 8. Adhesion and tensile properties of a novel fiber-metal laminate based on polypropylene reinforced with aramid fibers; 9. Mathematical modeling of aluminum degassing by the impeller injector technique validated by a physical modeling; 10. Layer-by-layer laser synthesis of composite ceramics in the system Al-Ti-Y-O; 11. On problems of characteristic and nominal values of steel yield strength and their influence on design resistance of steel structural members; 12. The effect of silica polymerization in fly ash on the strength of geopolymers; 13. Self-consolidating green concrete based on metakaolin and aggregate fines; 14. New alumosilicate fillers based on sedimentary rocks for asphalt concrete; 15. Microstructure and mechanical properties of AISI 8620 steel processed by ECAP; 16. Characterization and utilization of coconut fibers of the Caribbean; 17. Thermal and kinetic analysis of the solidification of a near eutectic Al-Cu alloy; 18. Autoclaved composites with nanostructured silica additive; 19. The efficiency of SiO2 based materials in granulated artificial aggregates; 20. Comparison of the annealing behavior of three cold rolled (Ti-bearing, Nb-bearing and V-bearing) HSLA steels; 21. Cement composites reinforced with functionalized carbon nanotubes; 22. Mathematical model of the melting of DRI in a slag melt; 23. Characterization of all carbon composites reinforced with in situ synthesized carbon nanostructures; 24. Fracture mechanisms in fiber reinforced polymer matrix composites; 25. Synthesis and characterization of micro and nano Ba3-xKxHx(PO4)2 and Ba3-xNaxHx(PO4)2; 26. The application of nano-structured silica based admixture in gypsum binders; 27. Thermal effects on the physical properties of limestone from the Yucatan Peninsula; 28. Sigma phase precipitation on welded SAF 2205 duplex stainless steels after isothermal heat treatment.