Special Issue "Graded Metal Matrix Composites: Additive Manufacturing, Properties and Applications"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Igor V. Shishkovsky
Guest Editor
Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, Russia
Interests: additive manufacturing; combinatorial design of advanced materials; functional graded materials and devices; MMC & PMC
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Graded materials (GMs) are a new generation of composite materials characterized by continuously varying properties—such as composition, morphology, and crystal structure—resulting from a permanent change in microstructure details from one surface of the material to the other. The concept of functional GM is to take advantage of certain desirable features of each of the constituent phases (such as metal, ceramic, polymer, fiber, and pore) and to optimize the distribution of material properties (such as strength, hardness, thermal resistance, etc.) so that the desired responses to a given mechanical, thermal, electromagnetic, or biochemical resistance are achieved. GMs can be used to improve fracture toughness of machine tools, as thermal or flow gradient structures, and to modify the wear and corrosion (oxidation) resistance of high-temperature aerospace, automotive, or chemical industry components. An additive manufacturing (AM) approach is very attractive in such engineering applications, and involves the joining of structural components and electromechanical or biochemical devices.

The metal and polymer matrix composite (M&PMC) approaches in AM can be extended for FGM design. It could be possible to fabricate FGS throughout separate structural blocks (particles, grains, domains) that correspond more to the material design at the mesolevel.

The proposed Special Issue will cover all areas related to theory and methodology, properties, and applications of GM via M&PMC. Hot topics to be covered by the Special Issue:

  • How effectively could the reinforced alloying elements and/or ceramic additives be mixed in the melt bath during AM?
  • Is it possible to effectively manage properties via reinforcement of matrix structure distribution?
  • How effective is the solubility and wettability of the introduced components within the metal and/or polymer matrix in the solidified and remelted states?
  • Is it possible to obtain a eutectic equilibrium and/or uniform solid solutions with a gradient stratified by the crystallized volume?
  • Determining the optimum spatial dependence for material properties;
  • Predicting the characteristic of an FGM for a given property profile;
  • The necessity to develop testing methods for determining possible processes and failure conditions which allow for prediction of the performance of FGM in industrial applications.

Prof. Igor V. Shishkovsky
Guest Editor

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  • additive manufacturing of graded materials
  • metal matrix composites (MMC)
  • polymer matrix composites (PMC)
  • combinatorial design of composites
  • multilevel relationship between properties (e.g., between microstructure, chemical composition, processing and volume properties)
  • relationship between the experimental testing and predictive modeling of M&PMC

Published Papers

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