Special Issue "Wear and Fracture of Steel Manufacturing Apparatus and Tools"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2018

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Nao-Aki Noda

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Kyushu Institute of Technology Sensui-Cho 1-1 Tobata-Ku, Kitakyushu-Shi, Fukuoka, Japan
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Interests: stress analysis; residual stress; numerical simulation; ceramic roll; stress concentration; notch mechanics, adhesive strength, industrial application

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Steel is the most popular and widely used metal on Earth. Steel manufacturing technology is now expected to become a key technology to solving environmental problems. For example, automobile fuel consumption can be reduced by providing high-strength and light-weight steel sheet. Moreover, greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced by introducing energy saving manufacturing technology. This can be partially realized by extending tool life because thermal energy loss can be eliminated during exchanging tools. In this aspect, to prevent wear and fracture has become an important issue for apparatus and tools. To meet various kinds of other demands, continuous and high-precision processing was also required for steel manufacturing in recent decades. This Special Issue will cover a great deal of recent progress and new developments regarding all aspects of steel manufacturing apparatus and tools used in the casting, rolling, heat-treatment, plating, conveying and so on. Then, the strength, corrosion resistance, wear resistance and other triboligycal properties will be discussed, for all kinds of manufacturing materials, including ceramics, powder metals and so on. The Special Issue will also indicate new technologies to meet demanding requirements for dimensions, shapes and qualities in products and apparatus supported by computerized control technology.

Prof. Dr. Nao-Aki Noda
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Continuous casting
  • Hot rolling, cold rolling
  • Rolling roll
  • Conveyer roller, various roller
  • Cleaning, plating, heat-treatment line
  • Carbon, stainless, alloy steel, tool steel, cermits and ceramics
  • Structure, plate, strip and bar steel
  • Strength, fracture and fatigue
  • Wear, corrosion and tribology
  • Surface cracking, flaking and peeling
  • Residual stresses
  • Defects and rolling trouble
  • Modelling and simulation
  • Computerized and technology
  • Quality control

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: Control and design of continuous casting of steel process based on advanced numerical models
Authors: Katarzyna Miłkowska-Piszczek and Jan Falkus
Affiliation: AGH University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Metals Engineering and Industrial Computer Science, Department of Ferrous Metallurgy
Abstract: The process of continuous casting of steel is a complex technological task, including issues related to heat transfer, the steel solidification process, liquid metal flow and phase transitions in the solid state. This involves a considerable difficulty in creating the optimal process control system, which would include the influence of all the physico-chemical phenomena which may occur. In parallel, there is an intensive development of new mathematical models and an increase in computer performance, therefore complex numerical simulations requiring substantial computing time can be conducted.
This paper presents a review of currently applied numerical methods allowing the phenomena accompanying the process of continuous casting of steel to be accurately represented. Special attention was paid to the selection of appropriate methods to solve the technological problem selected. The possibilities of applying selected numerical models were analysed in order to modify and improve the existing process or to design a new one linked to the implementation of new steel grades in the current production.
The description of the method of defining the boundary, initial conditions and material parameters as vital components ensuring that numerical calculations based upon them in the finite element method, which is that most frequently applied, are correct is an important element of the paper. The possibility of reliably defining the values of boundary parameters on the basis of information on the intensity of cooling in individual zones of the continuous casting machine was analysed.
Keywords: continuous casting process, numerical modelling, finite element method, process control

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