Special Issue "Semi-solid Processing of Alloys and Composites"
A special issue of Metals (ISSN 2075-4701).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2018
Dr. Shahrooz Nafisi
Assoc. Prof. Reza Ghomashchi
Semi-Solid Metal (SSM) processing, as a viable manufacturing route to those of conventional casting and forging, has not yet been fully exploited despite nearly half a century since its introduction to metal industry. The slow pace of adopting SSM routes may be due to various reasons, including capital costs, profit margins, and, most importantly, the lack of detailed analysis of various SSM processes in open literature to confidently establish their advantages over more conventional routes. Therefore, it becomes necessary for SSM community to disseminate their findings more effectively to generate greater confidence in SSM processes in the eyes of our industrial leaders. This why we have embarked on this task to invite the leaders in SSM research to share their findings in a Special Issue dedicated to semi-solid processing of metals and composites.
Semi-Solid Metal (SSM) processing takes advantage of both forming and shaping characteristics usually employed for liquid and solid materials. In the absence of shear forces, the semi-solid metal has similar characteristics to solids, i.e., easily transferred and shaped, while by applying a defined force, the viscosity is reduced and the material flows like a liquid. Such unique characteristics have made SSM routes attractive alternatives to conventional casting on an industrial scale.
With the intention of taking full advantage of SSM characteristics, it is crucial to understand the SSM processing including topics such as solidification and structural evolution, flow behavior through modeling and rheology, new processes and process control, alloy development and properties in general.
This Special Issue is focused on the recent research and findings in the field with the aim of filling the gap between industry and academia, and also to shed light on some of the fundamentals of science and technology of semi-solid processing.
Topics include but not limited to;
- Materials development and basics of alloy design
- Solidification and structural evolution
- Micro/Macro structural characterization
- Modeling and simulation
- Properties of semi-solid alloys
- Industrial application
Dr. Shahrooz Nafisi
Prof. Reza Ghomashchi
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