Special Issue "Microstructural Characterization of Metals, from Nano to Macro Scale"

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Materials".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Matthias Kuntz
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Guest Editor
Robert-Bosch GmbH, Corporate Sector Research and Advance Engineering, Stuttgart, Germany
Interests: material characterization; materials; mechanical properties; mechanical behavior of materials; microstructure; fatigue; steel
Dr. Carlos Garcia-Mateo
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Guest Editor
National Center for Metallurgical Research (CENIM-CSIC), Madrid, Spain
Interests: steels; microstructural characterization; phase transformation; mechanical properties; mechanical behavior of materials
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Analyzing and interpreting microstructure is the key to understanding the behavior and mechanism of metallic material. We work on the basis that any improvement, new development, properties of any kind, etc. requires determining, at all scale levels, the characteristics that define the microstructure object of our study.

The future of new manufacturing methods, such as additive manufacturing, or new materials, such as high-entropy alloys, depends on our ability to understand, and characterize at all levels, the new and as yet unknown microstructures that are produced.

The development of new and powerful scientific techniques and equipment (EBSD, APT, HRTEM, Neutron diffraction, Synchrotron radiation, etc.) allows us to obtain fundamental knowledge that helps to establish some of the basic principles that govern the formation of different microstructures.

Other more routine techniques, such as XRD, SEM, TEM, OM, Dilatometry, Calorimetry, EPMA, etc., .also offer valuable information, either used individually or in combination.

This Special Issue on “Microstructural Characterization of Metals, from Nano to Macro Scale” is dedicated to recent advances in research and development of analyzing metallic microstructure.

We invite you to submit research articles or reviews on the latest research work in these areas, with emphasis on applications in all areas of science and engineering.

Dr.-Ing. Matthias Kuntz
Dr. Carlos Garcia-Mateo
Guest Editors

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  • metals and alloys
  • microstructure
  • macrostructure
  • nano scale
  • characterization techniques
  • microscopy diffraction
  • microanalysis
  • analytical techniques
  • nanoindentation
  • thermal analysis

Published Papers

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