Special Issue "Study of Structure, Heat Treatment and Properties of Steels"

A special issue of Crystals (ISSN 2073-4352). This special issue belongs to the section "Inorganic Crystalline Materials".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Grzegorz Golański
Guest Editor
Politechnika Czestochowska, Czestochowa, Poland
Interests: steel; heat treatment; mechanical properties; precipitates; welded joints
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Dr. Hanna Purzyńska
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Co-Guest Editor
Łukasiewicz Research Network ̶ Institute for Ferrous Metallurgy, Gliwice, Poland
Interests: steel, creep tests, precipitation processes, mechanical properties
Dr. Paweł Wieczorek
Co-Guest Editor
Czestochowa University of Technology, częstochowa, Poland
Interests: steel; heat treatment; electron microscopy; precipitation hardening

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Steel as a construction material is still the basic material used for critical elements in many branches of industry. High requirements set up for constructions, such as increased service life, or increased yield strength, require using steels of higher and higher properties, optimum from the user point of view. Creating the required properties of steel is connected with the selection or optimization of the proper chemical composition, with controlled heating and quenching, as well as thermomechanical and thermochemical operations. It allows rational shaping of the microstructure in a wide range and, thus, the functional properties of steel. Although metallurgy and treatment of iron have been present for millennia, a deeper understanding of metal science and its associated principles were developed in the last century and also in the first two decades of the 21st century. The development of research methods during this time made it possible to learn in a more and more advanced way about the mechanisms and processes of shaping steel microstructure and properties.

You are cordially invite to submit your research to the Special Issue “Study of Structure, Heat Treatment, and Properties of Steels”. We welcome all high-quality papers related to methods of improvement of strength, cyclic properties and fracture toughness of steel, the stability of microstructures, the possible application of new (or improved) alloys, and the use of treatment for alloy improvement, in particular in the following topics:

- Modeling;

- Unconventional heat treatment;

- Heat treatment;

- Microstructure;

- Mechanical properties;

- Thermomechanical treatment;

- Precipitates and phase(s).

Prof. Dr. Grzegorz Golański
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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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. Crystals is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • modelling
  • unconventional heat treatment
  • stereology
  • heat treatment
  • microstructure
  • mechanical properties
  • thermomechanical treatment
  • precipitates and phase(s)

Published Papers

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