Next Article in Journal
Enhancing Corrosion and Wear Resistance of AA6061 by Friction Stir Processing with Fe78Si9B13 Glass Particles
Next Article in Special Issue
Synthesis and Quasi-Static Compressive Properties of Mg-AZ91D-Al2O3 Syntactic Foams
Previous Article in Journal
Beam Propagation Method Calculating Attenuated Total Reflection Spectra to Excite Hybridized Surface Plasmon Polaritons
Previous Article in Special Issue
Endurance of Damping Properties of Foam-Filled Tubes
Article Menu

Export Article

Open AccessReview
Materials 2015, 8(8), 5060-5083;

The Role of Computer Simulation in Nanoporous Metals—A Review

Key Laboratory of Hubei Province for Water Jet Theory and New Technology, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072, China
State Key Laboratory for Strength and Vibration of Mechanical Structures, School of Aerospace Engineering, Xi'an Jiaotong University, Xi'an 710049, China
Department of Engineering Mechanics, School of Civil Engineering, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072, China
Authors to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Academic Editor: Sven De Schampheleire
Received: 7 July 2015 / Revised: 7 July 2015 / Accepted: 4 August 2015 / Published: 7 August 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Metal Foams: Synthesis, Characterization and Applications)
Full-Text   |   PDF [3106 KB, uploaded 7 August 2015]   |  


Nanoporous metals (NPMs) have proven to be all-round candidates in versatile and diverse applications. In this decade, interest has grown in the fabrication, characterization and applications of these intriguing materials. Most existing reviews focus on the experimental and theoretical works rather than the numerical simulation. Actually, with numerous experiments and theory analysis, studies based on computer simulation, which may model complex microstructure in more realistic ways, play a key role in understanding and predicting the behaviors of NPMs. In this review, we present a comprehensive overview of the computer simulations of NPMs, which are prepared through chemical dealloying. Firstly, we summarize the various simulation approaches to preparation, processing, and the basic physical and chemical properties of NPMs. In this part, the emphasis is attached to works involving dealloying, coarsening and mechanical properties. Then, we conclude with the latest progress as well as the future challenges in simulation studies. We believe that highlighting the importance of simulations will help to better understand the properties of novel materials and help with new scientific research on these materials. View Full-Text
Keywords: nanoporous metal; simulation; molecular dynamics; kinetic Monte Carlo; dealloying; coarsening; mechanical properties; thermal conductivity nanoporous metal; simulation; molecular dynamics; kinetic Monte Carlo; dealloying; coarsening; mechanical properties; thermal conductivity

Figure 1

This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited (CC BY 4.0).

Share & Cite This Article

MDPI and ACS Style

Xia, R.; Wu, R.N.; Liu, Y.L.; Sun, X.Y. The Role of Computer Simulation in Nanoporous Metals—A Review. Materials 2015, 8, 5060-5083.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats

Related Articles

Article Metrics

Article Access Statistics



[Return to top]
Materials EISSN 1996-1944 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert
Back to Top