Special Issue "Selected Papers from the 2nd International Conference on Light Materials LightMAT 2017"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 July 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr.-Ing. Axel von Hehl

Stiftung Institut für Werkstofftechnik (IWT), Bremen 28359, Germany
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Interests: lightweight materials; alloy development for additive manufacturing; multi-material design; hybrid materials; processing; forming; selective laser melting; heat treatment; interface engineering; joining, modeling; testing and characterization; DPS calorimetry; failure mechanisms; survival probability models
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jürgen Hirsch

Hydro Aluminium Rolled Products GmbH, Research and Development, Georg-von-Boeselager-Str. 21, 53117 Bonn, Germany
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Interests: aluminum: basics, processing and applications, lightweight construction, simulation and through-process-modeling, mechanical properties, microstructure, texture and anisotropy
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Karl Ulrich Kainer

1 Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, Centre for Materials and Coastal Research, Director Institute of Materials Research, Magnesium Innovation Centre, Max-Planck-Str. 1, 21502 Geesthacht, Germany
2 Hamburg University of Technology, Institute of Material Physics and Technology, Chair Materials Technology, Eissendorfer Str. 42, 21073 Hamburg, Germany
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Interests: magnesium: alloy development, process development, wrought alloys, microstructure and texture design, corrosion, surface treatment; magnesium bio-materials
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Christoph Leyens

1 Fraunhofer IWS Dresden, Winterbergstraße 28, 01277 Dresden, Germany
2 Technische Universität Dresden, Institute of Materials Science, Helmholtzstraße 7, 01069 Dresden, Germany
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Interests: lightweight and high temperature materials: surface science and technology, laser materials processing, additive manufacturing, materials characterization and testing

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Since the beginning of industrial production in the late eighteenth century, the demand for light metals has been increasing steadily. Rapid technological development has simultaneously led to today’s alloys and production processes. Nowadays, light metals are spread throughout nearly all technical applications of human life. The present means of transportation would have been inconceivable without light metals.

Compared to fiber-reinforced polymers (FRPs), metallic light materials, such as aluminum, and magnesium alloys, as well as titanium alloys, provide an excellent impact toughness, good wear, and thermal resistance, as well as high life cycle fatigue, along with moderate materials and processing costs, and, furthermore, an outstanding recyclability. However, owing to the ongoing need for weight reduction, alternative structural materials, such as high-strength FRPs, penetrate more and more into transportation applications. Consequently, effective weight reduction calls for advanced material compositions. This necessitates a multidisciplinary approach that combines materials science and production technology with designing and dimensioning.

Taking up these aspects, the 2nd International Conference on Light Materials LightMAT 2017 (https://lightmat2017.dgm.de) gives a comprehensive overview and new insight into the three most important light metals: Aluminium, magnesium, and titanium, and their combinations. These materials are viewed individually or in combination in multi-material designs, including aspects of processing, joining, and corrosion protection. In addition, promising enabling-technologies, such as additive manufacturing are highlighted.

  • Conventional and advanced light weight applications and products in automotive, aerospace and other relevant transport and lightweight applications
  • Fundamental aspects of the three metallic lightweight materials and their alloys, their processing and (physical) metallurgy issues involved
  • Microstructure evolution, related properties and advanced simulation
  • Industrial fabrication, processing, joining and corrosion protection issues
  • Additive manufacturing of metallic structures enabling novel lightweight designs

This Special Issue on “Light Materials” is set to publish selected works presented at this event, in order to share recent progress and new achievements in this emerging field with broader scientific and industrial communities.

Axel von Hehl
Jürgen Hirsch
Karl Ulrich Kainer
Christoph Leyens
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

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. Metals is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1200 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Processing
  • Applications
  • Alloy Development
  • Hybrid Materials and Multi-material designs
  • Characterization and testing
  • Computational materials design
  • Sustainability
  • Additive Manufacturing

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