The Study for Fracture Toughness of Steels and Metals

A special issue of Journal of Manufacturing and Materials Processing (ISSN 2504-4494).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2021)

Special Issue Editors

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1. Eurecat, Centre Tecnològic de Catalunya, Manresa, Barcelona, Spain
2. Division of Mechanics of Solid Materials, Luleå University of Technology, Luleå, Sweden
Interests: fracture mechanics; fatigue; advanced high strength steels
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Division of Mechanics of Solid Materials, Luleå University of Technology, SE-971 87 Luleå, Sweden
Interests: finite element modeling; particle finite element method; material characterization; mechanical properties; fracture mechanics; fatigue; discrete element method; microstructure; numerical simulation; stress analysis; metals; metal powder; granular material; sandwich materials; ultra-high strength steel; plasticity; powder pressing; grinding mills; fluid–structure interaction; elasticity; sintering; failure analysis

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The material property governing fracture resistance due to the propagation of a crack is called fracture toughness. Since most manufactured parts contain defects or microcracks, induced during forming or inherent to material production, fracture toughness is a relevant property to assess their performance. It can be readily measured following well-established standard procedures, which is straightforward for brittle and low ductile materials but can be more challenging for metals and alloys with marked elastoplastic behavior. The measure of fracture toughness is also challenging for ‘thin’ sheets or plates, because the stress/strain conditions affect the property values, and thickness should be considered when characterizing thin-walled structures. New experimental approaches to measure fracture toughness are welcomed to better understand the fracture resistance of engineering materials.

Interest in fracture toughness is growing in new industrial sectors, such as automotive and lightweight construction, where the increasing use of very high-strength alloys is bringing new problems associated with the higher cracking sensitivity of such high-strength materials compared to the former more ductile material solutions. Proper measure of fracture toughness of high strength materials will also allow the development of new alloys with enhanced fracture resistance.

This Special Issue is devoted to papers addressing new approaches to measure fracture toughness in metals and alloys, and their application to understand material behavior during forming or the use of fracture toughness to predict part performance.

Prof. Daniel Casellas
Prof. Dr. Pär Jonsén
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  • fracture resistance
  • microstructure
  • testing
  • forming cracks
  • edge cracking

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There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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