Special Issue "Quality Control in Welding"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Manuel Rodríguez-Martín
Guest Editor
Department of Mechanical Engineering. Universidad de Salamanca, Av. Fernando Ballesteros, 0, 37700 Béjar, Salamanca, Spain
Technological Department. Catholic University of Avila, Avila, Spain. C/Canteros s/n, 05005, Ávila, Spain
Interests: quality control, quality control in welding, thermography, photogrammetry, laser scanning, additive manufacturing, machine learning/deep learning, 3D modelling
Dr. Pablo Rodríguez-Gonzálvez
Guest Editor

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Welding is the most widely used metal bonding method in engineering and construction. Pipes, machine components, structural systems, and other elements that are commonly used in civil and mechanical engineering have welded parts or elements. Many of the welded joints can withstand high mechanical stresses and their integrity lies in the safety of many machines and structures. The simple failure of a weld may be due to small discontinuities or superficial or internal defects that are sometimes difficult to see; thus, the quality controls are very strict and highly standardized by a wide range of international regulations that are mandatory in most cases. Non-destructive welding tests (NDT) are of great importance in the field of quality control, mainly due to their potential to detect defects or discontinuities in most materials without causing damage to the machine and facilities.

The increase in the requirements of security, precision, and completeness related to quality control in welded joints is pushing the scientific community, as well as companies, to propose innovative solutions, ranging from new hardware/software approaches and integration with other devices to the adoption and development of artificial intelligence methods for the automatic extraction of salient features and quality assessment for performance verification.

The aim of the present Special Issue is to cover the relevant topics and trends in “Quality Control in Welding” and to introduce the new tendencies in the application of novelty techniques for quality assurance in welding. Real-time monitoring, active thermography, structured light systems, photogrammetry, phase-array ultrasounds, and deep and machine learning are just some examples of innovative research topics that are currently being developed and improved.

Therefore, we invite you to submit research articles, experimental work, reviews, and/or case studies related to this topic. Contributions may include, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • 3D documentation techniques;
  • Accuracy, precision and quality assessment
  • Active/passive thermography;
  • Civil Structures
  • Corrosion studies;
  • Data and sensor fusion;
  • Deep learning/machine learning;
  • Destructive testing;
  • Electromagnetic tests;
  • Feature extraction;
  • Laser scanning;
  • Maintenance issues;
  • Welding materials;
  • Metrology;
  • Non-destructive testing (NDT);
  • Optical and thermal methods;
  • Point cloud processing: filtering, segmentation, classification, modelling;
  • Radiography;
  • Real time monitoring;
  • Sensor design and platform developments;
  • Simulation of welding and joining processes;
  • Structural health monitoring;
  • Structured light;
  • Ultrasonic;
  • Verification and validation.

Dr. Manuel Rodríguez-Martín
Dr. Pablo Rodríguez-Gonzálvez
Guest Editors

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