Special Issue "Recrystallization of Metallic Materials"

A special issue of Crystals (ISSN 2073-4352).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 August 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Matti Ristinmaa

Division of Solid Mechanics, Lund University, P.O. Box 118, SE-221 00 Lund, Sweden
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Interests: material mechanics; modeling of coupled fields; mixture theory; smart materials; structural optimization; experimental mechanics
Guest Editor
Assoc. Prof. Håkan Hallberg

Division of Solid Mechanics, Lund University, P.O. Box 118, SE-221 00 Lund, Sweden
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Interests: material mechanics; recrystallization; grain growth; phase transformations; texture evolution

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Recrystallization (RX) is a key driver behind microstructure evolution in crystalline materials.  The phenomenon is commonly observed in a range of different materials, comprising geo-materials, such as rocks and ice, as well as engineering materials, such as metals and alloys. The latter category of materials is in focus for this Special Issue of Crystals.

In general terms, RX can be defined as the formation of a new grain structure in a cold worked material and occurs through the formation and migration of mobile grain boundaries. A distinction is frequently made between RX that progresses by distinct nucleation-and-growth processes (discontinuous RX, DRX) or that occurring by a continuous grain structure evolution (CDRX). Such differences are closely linked to which material and which processing conditions are presently under consideration.

On a macroscopic scale, RX can take place during materials processing under static conditions (SRX), or under dynamic conditions (DRX) in conjunction with concurrent deformation of the material. Important processing parameters include the temperature, deformation and deformation rate. On the micro-/mesoscopic scale, RX is intimately linked to the properties of grain boundaries, crystallographic texture, grain morphologies, development of dislocation structures and a range of other processes and features of the crystal aggregate. At even finer length scales, detailed aspects of, for example, grain boundary structure, interface energies/mobilities and dislocation mechanics become relevant. Observations as these highlight the inherent multiscale nature of RX, which is a challenge—not least—in numerical modelling of RX.

Recognizing the multitude of highly relevant research topics that are linked to RX, the present Special Issue of Crystals welcomes, but is not limited to, studies on:

  • Thermo-mechanical materials processing during which RX is active
  • The exploitation of RX in materials design
  • Observation and characterization of the processing-microstructure-property links and their dependence on RX
  • Nucleation mechanisms in RX
  • Influence of grain boundary structure on RX
  • Grain boundary properties and their relation to RX
  • Texture influence and evolution in RX
  • Numerical models of RX
  • Multiscale approaches in modelling and simulation of RX

The adopted methods can be based either on experimental characterization and observation or on numerical modelling. In particular, submissions that combine experimental observations with numerical simulation models are encouraged. In addition, studies that aim to develop suitable experimental methods or to establish new numerical methods for describing and observing RX are welcome.

Prof. Matti Ristinmaa
Dr. Håkan Hallberg
Guest Editors

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). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Crystals is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

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  • Recrystallization
  • Grain boundaries
  • Nucleation
  • Texture
  • Metals and alloys
  • Experiment
  • Modeling
  • Simulation

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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