Special Issue "Cermets and Hardmetals"
A special issue of Metals (ISSN 2075-4701).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2018
Prof. Dr. Kevin Plucknett
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS B3H 4R2, Canada
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Interests: coatings; powder metallurgy; tribology; advanced structural and functional ceramics; composites (including fibre-reinforced); inorganic foams and porous materials; materials processing; mechanical behavior; electron microscopy; oxidation and corrosion; biopolymers
Ceramic–metal composites, or cermets, are widely used in demanding wear and corrosion applications, as both bulk materials and coatings. Common implementation areas include tooling for grinding, cutting and machining, mechanical seals, friction surfaces, aerospace coatings, etc. The most ubiquitous example of cermets are based on WC-Co, which are typically referred to as ‘hardmetals’, and have been actively developed for many decades. More recently, lightweight systems based on alternate carbides, borides and nitrides have come to prominence. The mechanical, wear and corrosion properties of these composite systems are highly dependent on their composition and microstructure, and there is an increasing drive towards nano-structured cermets, particularly for their improved wear response. In many scenarios, tribo-corrosion environments are also encountered, such that the physical and chemical demands on the materials are extreme. Consequently, there is a continuing research demand for new cermet and hardmetal systems. The primary aim of this Special Issue is, therefore, to provide a platform for researchers to overview the current state-of-the-art in the development, characterization and applications of high performance ceramic-metal composites.
Prof. Dr. Kevin Plucknett
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- Processing studies (including emerging technologies such as spark plasma sintering and additive manufacturing)
- Raw materials evaluation and replacement (resource scarcity, alternative constituents)
- Cermet and hardmetal coating development (including cladding technologies)
- Functionally graded structures and hierarchical materials
- Microstructural characterization of advanced cermets and hardmetals
- Mechanical behavior (including ductile phase toughening)
- Wear, corrosion and tribo-corrosion of cermets and hardmetals
- Modelling of physical behavior
- Commercial applications (current and emerging)