Special Issue "Additive Manufacturing of Ferrous Materials"

A special issue of Metals (ISSN 2075-4701).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Pavel Krakhmalev

Department of Engineering and Physics, Karlstad University, SE-651 88, Karlstad, Sweden
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Interests: microstructure property relationships in advanced metallic materials; wear and failure analysis; additive manufacturing; new titanium alloys for medical applications; additive manufacturing of ferrous materials
Guest Editor
Prof. Igor Yadroitsev

Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, Bloemfontein, Central University of Technology, Free State, South Africa, 9300
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Interests: optimization of additive manufacturing process; development of process parameters; development of new alloys; biomedical materials; titanium alloys

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Laser additive manufacturing (AM) is acknowledged as being a resource-efficient sustainable technology, providing the manufacturing of objects of complex shapes, containing internal channels and cavities, with less wastage of materials and shorter lead times. Two large branches of laser additive manufacturing technology are powder bed fusion, often referred to as selective laser melting (SLM), and directed energy deposition, also called laser metal deposition (LMD).

Ferrous materials are well-known structural, tool, automotive, and civil materials. In general, steels and cast irons are cheaper than nonferrous alloys, are widely used and cover very broad range of properties and applications. Because of this, ferrous materials attract high interest as cost-effective materials for AM.

During AM manufacturing, powder material is remolten, rapidly cooled, subjected to thermal shock and repeatable thermal cycling due to layer-by-layer maturing of the manufacturing process. As such, selection of materials for laser additive manufacturing is a challenge. Presently, a limited number of ferrous materials, steels, has been proven to be perfectly suitable for additive manufacturing. Substantial research and development efforts are, therefore, directed to the development of process parameters suitable for pore-free manufacturing of existing materials or to design new material grades tolerant to AM.

This Special Issue is dedicated to all aspects of additive manufacturing of ferrous materials to show recent advances in this field. We are looking forward to receiving submissions dedicated to both, powder bed fusion and directed energy deposition of ferrous materials for structural, tooling, medical and other applications. Original contributions related to development of process parameters, manufacturing strategies, development of new steel grades for AM, formation of microstructure, characterization of defects, microstructure-properties relationship in AM manufactured ferrous alloys are welcome in a form of short communications, full-length articles, and reviews.

Prof. Dr. Pavel Krakhmalev
Prof. Dr. Igor Yadroitsev
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • additive manufacturing
  • powder bed fusion
  • directed energy deposition
  • new ferrous alloy for AM
  • processing strategies and optimization of process parameters
  • defects and porosity
  • microstructure formation and evolution
  • mechanical properties

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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