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Special Issue "Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Metals and Alloys (Volume II)"

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944). This special issue belongs to the section "Metals and Alloys".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 August 2023 | Viewed by 557

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Division of Light Metal, Korea Institute of Materials Science (KIMS), Seongsan-gu, Changwon-si 51508, Gyeongsangnam-do, Republic of Korea
Interests: material characterization; mechanical properties; materials; light alloys
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Dear Colleagues,

Metals and alloys have played important roles in enabling modern structural designs in practice. This Special Issue seeks to collect various scientific and/or engineering reports pertaining to research on metals and alloys that present applicable advances of our knowledge of the structures, properties, and performance capabilities of these materials. Affordable processing and fabrication methods, as well as characterization and evaluation methods, are also crucial topics related to the wider application of metallic materials in both academia and industry. Starting with the microstructural and mechanical properties of metals and alloys, appropriate correlations among the processing, properties, and performance characteristics will lead to a better understanding of the nature of these materials and improve their engineering application capabilities. Various theoretical and experimental approaches to assessing the mechanical behaviors of these materials are a basic concern of many materials researchers. Numerical and computational approaches can also herald new challenges and enrich our insight into new means of the exploitation of new metallic alloying systems. Plastic deformation and subsequent heat treatments cause various microstructural changes, and thus alter important mechanical properties. Lightweight metals have also attracted much attention as potential design materials for automobiles, electronics, and sporting equipment, in addition to potentially meeting the demands of better fuel efficiency or CO2 reduction.

This Special Issue aims to focus on the processing, microstructure, and mechanical properties of metals and alloys within a materials relationship framework including, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • Fabrication and processing of metallic materials and alloys for the microstructural and mechanical control of properties, such as casting, thermo-mechanical processing, metal forming, bonding and welding;
  • Characterization and evaluation of metallic materials and alloys based on various methodologies, including theoretical and numerical methods as well as microscopy and mechanical testing;
  • Deformation, recrystallization, and grain growth based on microstructures, morphologies, textures, and anisotropy characteristics;
  • Lightweight structural metallic materials, such as alloys containing aluminum and magnesium, as well as other metals;
  • Special applications of metallic materials, such as high-temperature-resistant materials, corrosion-resistant materials, bio-degradable metals, and advanced high-strength steels.

Dr. Jae-Hyung Cho
Guest Editor

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  • microstructure and texture
  • mechanical properties
  • fabrication and processing
  • characterization and evaluation
  • deformation and annealing
  • modeling and simulation

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Process Optimization of Dual-Liquid Casting and Interfacial Strength–Toughness of the Produced LAS/HCCI Bimetal
Materials 2023, 16(5), 2008; - 28 Feb 2023
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The pouring time interval is the decisive factor of dual-liquid casting for bimetallic productions. Traditionally, the pouring time interval is fully determined by the operator’s experience and on-site observation. Thus, the quality of bimetallic castings is unstable. In this work, the pouring time [...] Read more.
The pouring time interval is the decisive factor of dual-liquid casting for bimetallic productions. Traditionally, the pouring time interval is fully determined by the operator’s experience and on-site observation. Thus, the quality of bimetallic castings is unstable. In this work, the pouring time interval of dual-liquid casting for producing low alloy steel/high chromium cast iron (LAS/HCCI) bimetallic hammerheads is optimized via theoretical simulation and experimental verification. The relevancies of interfacial width and bonding strength to pouring time interval are, respectively, established. The results of bonding stress and interfacial microstructure indicate that 40 s is the optimum pouring time interval. The effects of interfacial protective agent on interfacial strength–toughness are also investigated. The addition of the interfacial protective agent yields an increase of 41.5% in interfacial bonding strength and 15.6% in toughness. The optimum dual-liquid casting process is used to produce LAS/HCCI bimetallic hammerheads. Samples cut from these hammerheads show excellent strength–toughness (1188 Mpa for bonding strength and 17 J/cm2 for toughness). The findings could be a reference for dual-liquid casting technology. They are also helpful for understanding the formation theory of the bimetal interface. Full article
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