Special Issue "Finite Element Analysis of Sustainable Manufacturing Processes"

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944). This special issue belongs to the section "Manufacturing Processes and Systems".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Claudio Giardini
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Guest Editor
University of Bergamo, Italy
Interests: innovative sheet and tube metal processes; plastic deformation processes of metal; friction stir welding; cutting operations; process optimization; experimental and simulative analysis of forming processes
Prof. Gianluca D'Urso
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Guest Editor
University of Bergamo, Italy
Interests: friction stir welding; micromanufacturing (micro-EDM); experimental and simulative analysis of forming processes; cutting operations
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Attention to manufacturing process sustainability has recently gained much popularity in research and application communities in saving both rough material and energy consumptions. The use of simulative tools can give an important contribution in both the analysis of new processes from an energetic point of view and the forecast of the produced parts. In order to obtain reliable simulation results, it is also important to identify the flow stress laws and to study the physical properties of the recycled materials that can be very different from the nonrecycled ones.

This Special Issue aims to collect the research results dealing with the use of finite element analysis in studying new processes compliant with sustainable manufacturing requirements.

In particular, the potential topics include but are not limited to the use of Finite Element Analysis on:

  • New process proposal;
  • Study of conventional and innovative processes;
  • Reuse/recycling of materials:
    • Characteristics of the produced parts;
    • Study of characteristics of the recycled materials, tools, and fluids;
    • Optimization of the processes;
  • Estimation of:
    • Costs;
    • Production time;
    • Energy consumption;
    • Level of pollution/emission;
    • Environmental impact;
  • Study of the manufactured part behavior:
    • Mechanical properties of parts obtained with new processes vs. traditional processes;
    • Study and forecast of the material behavior.

The manufactured processes involved in this issue include but are not limited to:

  • Cutting and machining;
  • Micromachining;
  • Bulk forming;
  • Sheet forming;
  • Innovative sheet forming;
  • Tube forming;
  • Innovative tube forming;
  • Metal injection molding;
  • Additive manufacturing of metals and of polymers;
  • Other metal additive technologies;
  • Solid state joining technologies;
  • Any other new solution aimed to product/process sustainability.

In any case, the use of FEA must be considered as a tool for supporting the process and material study and the designer/technologist decisions.

Prof. Claudio Giardini
Prof. Gianluca D'Urso
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Finite Element Analysis—FEA
  • Process sustainability
  • Recycled material characteristics
  • Manufacturing processes
  • Process optimization
  • Energy consumption
  • Emissions
  • Innovative manufacturing processes
  • Characteristics of products obtained from recycled materials

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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