Special Issue "Processing of Metal Matrix Composites"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Anne Mertens

Aerospace and Mechanics, Faculty of Applied Science, Université de Liège, Quartier Polytech 1, Allée de la Découverte, 13A, B 4000 Liège, Belgium
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Phone: +32 43 66 91 10
Interests: metal matrix composites; light alloys; steel; additive manufacturing; solidification; friction stir processing; thermophysical properties; mechanical properties; wear
Guest Editor
Assoc. Prof. Marie-Noëlle Avettand-Fènoël

Unité Matériaux Et Transformations (UMET), UMR CNRS 8207Université Lille 1, 59655 Villeneuve d’Ascq, France
Interests: metallurgy; metal matrix composites; thermomechanical processes (mechanical alloying, accumulative roll bonding, friction stir processing); joining (friction stir welding, linear friction welding, magnetic pulse welding, brazing); microstructure; mechanical and functional properties; phase transformations

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Metal matrix composites (MMCs), in bulk or coating, have long been attracting interest, as they offer the opportunity to fulfil a broad array of functions (e.g., exhibiting specific thermal properties, or as self-cleaning, self-lubricating or self-healing materials) and requirements (i.e., facing higher service temperature, corrosive environment and/or increased mechanical load). This versatility of metal matrix composites can be ascribed, not only to the vast choice of combinations of metallic matrix and second phases, but also to the great diversity of processing methods, including solidification processes, powder metallurgy, as well as additive manufacturing and severe plastic deformation (SPD) processes, which have opened even more possibilities. In particular, additive manufacturing allows to fabricate composite parts with complex geometry. With the latter process, the control of reactions between the second phases and the molten metal may be challenging, but these reactions also offer the opportunity for the in-situ synthesis of well distributed nano-scale second phases. With regards to severe plastic deformation processes, they tend to avoid harmful interfacial reactions as well as solidification defects since they proceed in the solid state. The deformation generated during these processes offers the possibility to associate immiscible materials, to get out-of-equilibrium structures, as well as nanostructures, nanocomposites and even novel MMCs with advanced enhanced properties. This Special Issue, hence, aims at showcasing the latest developments in the fabrication of metal matrix composites, with a particular attention for the new possibilities (in terms of microstructures, properties and functionalities) offered by the use of additive manufacturing and SPD processes.

Dr. Anne Mertens
Prof. Marie-Noëlle Avettand-Fènoël
Guest Editors

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  • Metal matrix composites
  • Processing
  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Severe Plastic Deformation Processes
  • Relationships between Microstructure, Functional and/or Mechanical Properties

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Open AccessReview An Overview of Key Challenges in the Fabrication of Metal Matrix Nanocomposites Reinforced by Graphene Nanoplatelets
Metals 2018, 8(3), 172; doi:10.3390/met8030172
Received: 25 January 2018 / Revised: 28 February 2018 / Accepted: 9 March 2018 / Published: 10 March 2018
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This article provides an overview of research efforts with an emphasis on the fabrication of metal matrix nanocomposites (MMNCs) reinforced by graphene nanoplatelets (GNPs). Particular attention is devoted to finding the challenges in the production of MMNCs through the powder metallurgy techniques. The
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This article provides an overview of research efforts with an emphasis on the fabrication of metal matrix nanocomposites (MMNCs) reinforced by graphene nanoplatelets (GNPs). Particular attention is devoted to finding the challenges in the production of MMNCs through the powder metallurgy techniques. The main technical challenges can be listed as: (I) reinforcement selection; (II) dispersion of reinforcement within the matrix; (III) reactivity between the reinforcement and matrix; (IV) interfacial bonding; (V) preferred orientation of reinforcement. It is found that some of these difficulties can be attributed to the nature of the materials involved, while the others are related to the preparation routes. It is reported that the challenges related to the process can often be addressed by changing the production process or by using post-processing techniques. More challenging issues instead are related to the composition of the matrix and reinforcement, their reactivity and the dispersion of reinforcement. These topics still bring significant challenges to the materials scientists, and it would be worth mentioning that the fabrication of MMNCs with a uniform dispersion of reinforcement, strong interfacial bonding, without detrimental reactions and improved isotropic properties is still a puzzling issue. Full article
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