Special Issue "Advances in Solidification Processing"


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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2014

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Hugo F. Lopez
Department of Materials Science and Engineering, College of Engineering & Applied Science, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 3200 N. Cramer Street, Milwaukee, WI 53211, USA
Website: http://www4.uwm.edu/ceas/faculty_profiles/HLopez.html
E-Mail: hlopez@uwm.edu
Phone: +01 414 229 6005
Fax: +01 414 229 6958
Interests: diffusional processes; hydrogen effects in solids; high temperature phase stability; solidification processing

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Solidification processing plays a fundamental role in product manufacturing worldwide.

This includes conventional manufacturing processes such as foundry, casting, welding, or advanced technologies for making single crystal turbine blades, laser and plasma processing and near net shape manufacturing, among others.  The solidification phenomena involved are known to have a dominant effect on the quality of the solidified products.  As a result, numerous works have been published on both, experimental and analytical/computer modeling aimed at disclosing the fundamental aspects of phase formation and growth within liquid melts.    Thus far, significant progress in the fundamental understanding of solidification has been made that has lead to improved product quality, higher productivity and the development of new technologies.

Accordingly, in this special issue of “advances in solidification processing,” it is intended to review the latest developments on the various aspects of solidification processing namely, (a) a fundamental understanding of micro and macrosegregation mechanisms, microstructural evolution of solidification microstructures, (b) interfacial instability together with mass transport at different length scales, (c) fundamental aspects such as nucleation and grain

growth, the development of the mushy zone, (d) thermal, compositional  effects on the development/avoidance of casting defects, (e) computer simulation including phase field applications in predicting solidified microstructures, etc.

It would be a rather difficult task to condense all of the ongoing advances in the various areas of solidification research in this brief overview. However, the proposed issue is intended to provide a comprehensive account of the “state of the art” in the current efforts aimed at elucidating the fundamental mechanistic aspects of phase formation during solidification. Thus, all of the aspects related to recent advances in solidification processing, fluid flow, solute and thermal transport based on experimental, analytical and computer simulations are welcomed in this issue.

Prof. Dr. Hugo F. Lopez
Guest Editor


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  • solidification processing in ferrous alloys
  • solidification processing in non-ferrous alloys
  • unidireactional solidification
  • modeling of solidification kinetics
  • phase field computer simulations of solidification
  • solidification of gray, nodular and vermicular iron castings
  • solidification and solidification kinetics in aluminum alloys
  • solidification and solidification kinetics in magnesisum alloys
  • solidification factors in thin wall castings

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p. 196-234
Metals 2014, 4(2), 196-234; doi:10.3390/met4020196
Received: 15 May 2014; in revised form: 3 June 2014 / Accepted: 4 June 2014 / Published: 20 June 2014
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p. 155-167
Metals 2014, 4(2), 155-167; doi:10.3390/met4020155
Received: 30 December 2013; in revised form: 3 March 2014 / Accepted: 9 May 2014 / Published: 22 May 2014
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Metals 2014, 4(2), 141-154; doi:10.3390/met4020141
Received: 11 February 2014; in revised form: 2 April 2014 / Accepted: 14 April 2014 / Published: 25 April 2014
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