Special Issue "New Aspects of Ferromagnetic Shape Memory Alloys: From Fabrication to Applications "
A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2020.
Ferromagnetic shape memory alloys are functional materials that exhibit magnetomechanical coupling, the cause of the wide variety of attractive thermal, mechanical, magnetic, electrical, and optical properties. Among their most known behaviors, the magnetically controlled shape memory effect and caloric effects have attracted the largest attention, although researchers continue to delve into other features of these materials, such as novel martensite transformation arrest, exchange bias, and energy-harvesting.
These materials have demonstrated a great versatility in bulk and single-crystal shapes by tailoring the martensitic transformation through intrinsic and extrinsic parameters, as, for example, chemical composition and pressure, respectively; the development of high-temperature magnetic shape memory alloys is one of the largest exponents of this adaptability.
Even so, many efforts have been successfully done to push the functionality of the ferromagnetic shape memory alloys forward by means of new fabrication routes that reduce the dimensionality of these alloys, opening a world of opportunities in fields like biomedical science and micro/nano-electromechanical systems engineering.
Despite of all these achievements, there still exist challenges such as thermal hysteresis, thermal transport management, and brittleness, which constitute the driving force in the field of ferromagnetic shape memory alloys.
This Special Issue aims to bring the latest research in fabrication processes, characterization, modeling, and applications of ferromagnetic shape memory alloys.
The main topics covered include but are not limited to the following:
- Production of low dimensionality ferromagnetic shape memory alloys;
- Twin structure;
- Magnetic field-induced strain;
- Modelling of martensite transformation and magnetomechanical properties;
- Caloric effects;
- High-temperature magnetic shape memory actuation;
- Biomedical applications.
Prof. Dr. Pablo Álvarez-Alonso
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- martensite transformation
- rapid quenching
- thin films
- magnetic shape memory effect
- solid-state refrigeration
- sensors and actuators