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Special Issue "Micromechanics: Experiment, Modeling and Theory"

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2020

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Alexander Hartmaier

Interdisciplinary Centre for Advanced Materials Simulation, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Bochum, Germany
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Interests: micromechanical modeling; fracture; fatigue; crystal plasticity; dislocations

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Miniaturization in mechanical testing can be applied to features on micro and even nanometre scales and enables the characterization of individual microstructural constituents. The smallest experimental length scales are now overlapping with the largest scales reached by atomistic material models, which are quite fundamental descriptions of materials. The combination of experiment, model and theory on different scales has led to new insight about fundamental deformation and failure mechanisms of materials. Furthermore, new understanding of the influence of microstructure on observable macroscopic material behaviour has been gained through combining micromechanical experiments and models. This has inspired new ideas about joining different phases on a microstructural level to obtain materials with purposefully designed properties.

In this special issue, the state-of-the-art in micromechanics is reflected in review articles and new developments are covered in research papers. Contributions focus on the characterisation of microstructures and the assessment of mechanical behaviour of materials and individual microstructural constituents on all relevant length and time scales. In particular, this includes the identification of elementary deformation and failure mechanisms and their relation to microstructure by experimental and numerical methods as well as by theoretical approaches. Material behaviour under harsh conditions, such as elevated temperatures, corrosive environments and cyclic mechanical loads, is investigated and described, and methods to design microstructures to withstand such harsh conditions are laid out.

Prof. Alexander Hartmaier
Guest Editor

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  • microstructure
  • mechanical properties
  • deformation mechanisms
  • failure mechanisms
  • micro/nano mechanical testing
  • microstructure-sensitive modeling

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