Special Issue "Selected Papers from the 6th International Conference on Integrity-Reliability-Failure (IRF2018)"

A special issue of Actuators (ISSN 2076-0825).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 February 2019).

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Giorgio Olmi
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Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Bologna, Viale del Risorgimento 2, 40136 Bologna, Italy
Interests: electromechanical coupling mechanisms; pneumatic actuators; numerical and analytical modelling of pneumatic circuits and actuators; experimental design; fault diagnosis, fault tree analysis (FTA); failure mode and effect analysis (FMEA); reliability; friction and wear of thin films; additive manufacturing
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Prof. Dr. Joaquim Silva Gomes
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Professor Emeritus U. Porto/Professor of Mechanical Engineering/Professor Catedrático Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto Rua Dr. Roberto Frias, 4200-465 Porto, Portugal

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We plan to publish a Special Issue, including high-quality papers presented during the 6th International Conference on Integrity-Reliability-Failure (IRF2018). Actuators will be one of the sponsors of the aforementioned conference (website: https://paginas.fe.upNaN/~irf/IRF2018/index.htm), to be held in Lisbon, Portugal, 22–26 July, 2018. Following the end of the conference, some selected papers that match the Journal topics will be published in open access, with the aim of providing a broad overview of the latest achievements and applications of actuators in many fields of mechanics, covering industry, automation, automotive, aerospace, and biomechanics. Papers could be original research papers, as well as review papers focused on the current state-of-the-art in one of the areas covered by the journal’s aims and scopes. The main topics of this Special Issue include, but are not limited to:

  • Electromechanical actuators
  • Electromagnetic actuators
  • Electrodynamic actuators
  • Fluid mechanical actuators
  • Pneumatic actuators
  • Hydraulic actuators
  • Smart actuators
  • Actuators for medical devices and biomechanics (for instance, in cardiology or orthopaedics)
  • Biofluid mechanics
  • Actuators for energy and power systems
  • Actuators for automatic machines
  • Solid-Fluid interaction and experimental/numerical/analytical assessment
  • Fluid dynamics and experimental / numerical / analytical approaches for its study
  • Actuators for hybrid and electrically powered vehicles
  • Actuators in Mechatronics
  • Management and control of actuators in industry/automation/automotive/aerospace/biomechanics or any other field
  • Risk assessment and reliability of energy and power systems

Abstracts and extended versions of the papers must be submitted through the conference website (https://paginas.fe.upNaN/~irf/IRF2018/index.htm) respectively within 15th January 2018 and 15th March 2018.

After the conference, a conference committee will select between 10 and 15 papers  and invite the respective authors to submit revised/extended versions of their articles, in agreement with the rules and the format of the journal.

Dr. Giorgio Olmi
Prof. Dr. Joaquim Silva Gomes
Dr. Massimiliano De Agostinis
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Actuators is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

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A Statistical State Analysis of a Marine Gas Turbine
Actuators 2019, 8(3), 54; https://doi.org/10.3390/act8030054 - 08 Jul 2019
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This paper describes the analysis, from a statistical point of view, of a maritime gas turbine, under various operating conditions, so as to determine its state. The data used concerns several functioning parameters of the turbines, such as temperatures and vibrations, environmental data, [...] Read more.
This paper describes the analysis, from a statistical point of view, of a maritime gas turbine, under various operating conditions, so as to determine its state. The data used concerns several functioning parameters of the turbines, such as temperatures and vibrations, environmental data, such as surrounding temperature, and past failures or quasi-failures of the equipment. The determination of the Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF) gives a rough estimate of the state of the turbine, but in this paper we show that it can be greatly improved with graphical and statistical analysis of data measured during operation. We apply the Laplace Test and calculate the gas turbine reliability using that data, to define the gas turbine failure tendency. Using these techniques, we can have a better estimate of the turbine’s state, and design a preventive observation, inspection and intervention plan. Full article
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Condition Monitoring with Prediction Based on Diesel Engine Oil Analysis: A Case Study for Urban Buses
Actuators 2019, 8(1), 14; https://doi.org/10.3390/act8010014 - 16 Feb 2019
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This paper presents a case study and a model to predict maintenance interventions based on condition monitoring of diesel engine oil in urban buses by accompanying the evolution of its degradation. Many times, under normal functioning conditions, the properties of the lubricants, based [...] Read more.
This paper presents a case study and a model to predict maintenance interventions based on condition monitoring of diesel engine oil in urban buses by accompanying the evolution of its degradation. Many times, under normal functioning conditions, the properties of the lubricants, based on the intervals that manufacturers recommend for its change, are within normal and safety conditions. Then, if the lubricants’ oil condition is adequately accompanied, until reaching the degradation limits, the intervals of oil replacement can be enlarged, meaning that the buses’ availability increases, as well as their corresponding production time. Based on this assumption, a mathematical model to follow and to manage the oil condition is presented, in order to predict the next intervention with the maximum time between them, which means the maximum availability. Full article
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