Special Issue "Mechanical Properties in Progressive Mechanically Processed Metallic Materials"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2020.
Interests: materials forming; severe plastic deformation; non-ferrous metals; composites; thermomechanical processing; numerical simulations
Interests: microstructures; electron microscopy; materials forming; severe plastic deformation
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The demands on innovative materials given by the ever-increasing requirements of contemporary industry impart the usage of high-performance engineering materials based on steel and other nonferrous metals and alloys, with multicomponent materials, such as gradient structures and composites, which are able to satisfy top-level individual demands, having been favored in recent years. Among the essential features of progressive metallic materials used for modern applications are enhanced mechanical properties, but also other high-level functional characteristics, such as thermal–physical parameters, corrosion rate, and electric resistance. The properties of materials and alloys ensue from their structures, which can primarily be affected by the preparation/production process. However, the production of materials featuring high levels of the required properties without the necessity to use costly alloying elements or time- and money-demanding heat treatment technologies typically used to enhance the mechanical properties of metallic materials (especially specific strength) still remains a challenge.
One of the possible ways to effectively increase the utility properties of metallic materials is to decrease their grain size. The introduction of thermomechanical treatment represented a breakthrough in grain refinement, consequently leading to significant improvement of the mechanical properties of metallic materials. Contrary to conventional production technologies, the main advantage of such treatment is the possibility to precisely control structural phenomena, including grain size, substructure development, texture, and volumes and types of grains boundaries, all of which affect the final mechanical and utility properties. Especially grain boundaries essentially affect the formability and strengthening ability of polycrystalline materials, despite being imperfections in materials’ structures. Grain boundaries can significantly contribute to material strengthening; however, the final effect depends on the ratio of grain boundaries and grain interiors.
Thermomechanical treatment can only decrease the grain size to the scale of microns. However, further research devoted to pushing materials’ performance beyond the limits led to the introduction of severe plastic deformation (SPD) methods providing producers with the ability to acquire ultra-fine-grained and nanoscaled metallic materials with superior mechanical properties. SPD methods can be performed with the help of conventional forming equipment; however, many newly designed processes have been introduced.
It is my pleasure to invite you to submit a manuscript for this Special Issue. Full papers, communications, and reviews are all welcome.
Assoc. Prof. Radim Kocich
Dr. Lenka Kunčická
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- Mechanical properties
- Functional properties
- Metallic systems
- Mechanical processing
- Structural phenomena