Special Issue "Materials Investigations in Mechanical Systems"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Jan Awrejcewicz
Guest Editor
Department of Automation, Biomechanics and Mechatronics, the Lodz University of Technology
Interests: dynamical systems; ODEs and PDEs; control; stability; bifurcation; chaos
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Prof. Dr. Virgil-Florin Duma
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Aurel Vlaicu University of Arad; Polytechnic University of Timisoara, Romania
Interests: measuring systems; biomedical Imaging; optical coherence tomography (OCT); non-destructive testing (NDT); optomechatronics; laser scanners; optical modulators
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Material studies play an essential role in all fields of mechanical and mechatronic engineering. They are performed with a wide range of methods, including analytical, numerical and experimental investigation and control. The aim of this Special Issue is to provide a forum for high-impact researches performed in material studies considering most diverse applications that include but are not limited to mechanical engineerning, airplane and rocket industries, land and water transport, sensors modelling and fabrication, mechatronics, and robotics.

Of special interest are applications related to the strength of materials (with approaches that include finite element analysis (FEA)), and the characterization of mechanical parameters (the latter include nonmechanical methods, for example, optical methods). Development and testing of systems for performing material studies are also encouraged. Optimization problems based on such approaches are especially sought.    

The core interest of this SI relies on modelling, computation, and experimental investigation of engineering materials, with an emphasis on the mechanical static and dynamic characterization of their properties. The covered topics include metallic materials, composite materials, fibres, micro-/nano-scale martials, optical and magnetic materials, as well as materials used in biomechanics.

Articles promoting modern materials modelling and design based on the theoretical progress of both mechanics and material science offering modern avenues of application and technology are welcome.

Prof. Dr.-habil. Jan Awrejcewicz
Prof. Dr.-habil. Virgil-Florin Duma
Guest Editors

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  • Materials studies
  • Strength of materials
  • Finite element analysis (FEA)
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Numerical simulations
  • Experimental studies
  • Imaging techniques
  • Modeling of advanced materials.

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The Examination of Restrained Joints Created in the Process of Multi-Material FFF Additive Manufacturing Technology
Materials 2020, 13(4), 903; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma13040903 - 18 Feb 2020
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The paper is focused on the examination of the internal quality of joints created in a multi-material additive manufacturing process. The main part of the work focuses on experimental production and non-destructive testing of restrained joints of modified PLA (polylactic acid) and ABS [...] Read more.
The paper is focused on the examination of the internal quality of joints created in a multi-material additive manufacturing process. The main part of the work focuses on experimental production and non-destructive testing of restrained joints of modified PLA (polylactic acid) and ABS (Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) three-dimensional (3D)-printed on RepRap 3D device that works on the “open source” principle. The article presents the outcomes of a non-destructive materials test in the form of the data from the Laser Amplified Ultrasonography, microscopic observations of the joints area and tensile tests of the specially designed samples. The samples with designed joints were additively manufactured of two materials: Specially blended PLA (Market name—PLA Tough) and conventionally made ABS. The tests are mainly focused on the determination of the quality of material connection in the joints area. Based on the results obtained, the samples made of two materials were compared in the end to establish which produced material joint is stronger and have a lower amount of defects. Full article
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