Special Issue "Advanced Design of Actuators and Energy Systems from the 8th International Conference on Mechanics and Materials in Design (M2D)"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dario Croccolo
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Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Bologna - Viale del Risorgimento, 2 - 40136 Bologna, Italy
Interests: machine design; shaft-hub couplings; fatigue strength; friction coefficients; bolt connections; additive manufacturing; motorbike components
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Dr. Stefano Fini
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Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Bologna - Viale del Risorgimento, 2 - 40136 Bologna, Italy
Interests: product design; product optimization; finite elements analysis (FEA); additive manufacturing; reliability; friction and wear; pneumatic and hydraulic actuators
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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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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The International Conference on Mechanics and Materials in Design (M2D) was first held in 1990 in Toronto (Canada), with the following editions being organized in the United States, in Japan, in the United Kingdom and in Portugal (the last three editions). The eighth edition will be held at the University of Bologna (Italy), 4–6 September, 2019. This event aims at gathering engineers, scientists and highly qualified scholars operating in the fields of mechanics, engineering design, advanced materials, energy harvesting, reliability, quality and safety engineering. The event will encompass keynote speakers, invited talks, oral and poster presentations, a number of topical symposia, as well as exhibitions and lectures by important industrial companies.

Following the end of the conference, the Scientific Committee will select a number of papers, based on their scientific soundness and on the relevance of their topics, for possible publication in a Special Issue of Actuators. Both theoretical and experimental contributions, both original and review studies, both industrial and university research will be welcome. The selected authors will then be invited to submit extended versions of their conference papers, which will then undergo the usual peer-review process of the journal. The main topics include, but are not limited to:

Tribology and Surface Engineering: Lubrication and the effect of friction on actuator performance.

Mechanical Design and Prototyping: Mechanical design of actuators, product development, additive manufacturing and prototyping in the development of novel actuators.

Biomechanics: Mechanics and design of actuators for applications and testing in biomechanics, medical devices, case studies.

Energy and Thermo-Fluid Systems: Design of advanced energy systems, experimental fluid, development of different types of actuators (e.g.: electromechanical actuators, fluid mechanical actuators, pneumatic actuators, hydraulic actuators, smart actuators), case studies.

Prof. Dario Croccolo
Dr. Stefano Fini
Dr. Giorgio Olmi
Guest Editors

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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 quarterly journal published by MDPI.

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Electromechanical Vibration Characteristics of Porous Bimorph and Unimorph Doubly Curved Panels
Actuators 2020, 9(1), 7; https://doi.org/10.3390/act9010007 - 28 Jan 2020
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The aim of this study is developing an analytical solution for the free vibration of piezoelectric bimorph and unimorph doubly curved panels with a porous substrate. The panel is assumed to be relatively thick, and the effects of its shear deformation are taken [...] Read more.
The aim of this study is developing an analytical solution for the free vibration of piezoelectric bimorph and unimorph doubly curved panels with a porous substrate. The panel is assumed to be relatively thick, and the effects of its shear deformation are taken into account. Nonlinear models are considered to describe the variation of mechanical properties and of the electric potential within porous host and piezoelectric layers, respectively. Furthermore, short and open circuit electrical conditions are studied to predict the frequency response for sensing and actuation applications. Employing the first-order shear deformation theory (FSDT), in conjunction with the Hamilton’s variational principle and Maxwell’s equation allows deriving six highly coupled partial differential equations to describe the system dynamics under electromechanical coupling. After analytically solving those equations for simply supported panels, the system frequency response is investigated, for various values of design parameters such as porosity, electrical boundary conditions, and geometry. Moreover, some types of smart panels, including bimorphs and unimorphs layouts, are analyzed. The analysis confirms that the above-mentioned parameters play major roles in the natural frequency response of this system and must be carefully considered in the mechatronic design of this smart structure, although they allow to tailor the system behaviour to the selected application. Full article
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