Special Issue "In Situ Full-Field Deformation Measurements on Advanced 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. José Xavier
Guest Editor
UNIDEMI, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, NOVA School of Science and Technology, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Caparica 2928-516, Portugal
Interests: mechanical characterisation of materials and structures; full-field optical methods in experimental mechanics; mechanical and fracture identification methods; material characterisation at high strain rate loading based on full-field measurements
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Prof. Telmo G. Santos
Guest Editor
UNIDEMI, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, NOVA School of Science and Technology, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Caparica 2928-516, Portugal
Interests: nondestructive testing (NDT) and advanced manufacturing processes, namely, additive manufacturing (WAAM); hybrid processes; solid-state (friction stir welding/processing—FSW/P)

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Similarly to impressive technological advancements in other civilisation periods, such as the mechanical clock or the printing press, in the digital area, novel technologies has been germinating. Among these, a discipline of photomechanics was born, from which several full-field optical techniques (white-light and interferometric techniques) have been developing. The type of data provided by these optical techniques is intrinsically full-field and contact-free, in contrast to conventional pointwise and contact measuring apparatus. Consequently, the assessment of deformation measurements across a whole region of interest has been gradually opening new research interests and perspectives in the branch of mechanics and engineering. These techniques have been consolidated both in scientific research and industry.

The manufacturing of engineering components is also dramatically changing in the digitalisation area. The recent advent of advanced manufacturing processes, which will include additive manufacturing, customised functionally graded materials (FGM) and advanced composite material, can tremendously benefit from this generation of full-field driven data. In situ and small-scale image-based observations of manufacturing and technological processes are an active area of development and research. The access of full-field measurements should enhance our understanding of the physical manufacturing processes being undertaken for better modelling and prediction and for inspection purposes.

Prof. José Xavier
Prof. Telmo G. Santos
Guest Editors

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  • Full-field optical methods
  • Digital image correlation
  • Additive manufacturing
  • Functionally graded materials
  • Material characterisation
  • In situ image-based measurements

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