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Special Issue "Metal Matrix Composites: Experimental and Simulation"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2019.

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Hiroki Kurita

Department of Materials Processing, Graduate School of Engineering, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan
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Interests: structural composite materials; aerospace materials; nanocomposites; microstructure; interface
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Fumio Narita

Department of Materials Processing, Graduate School of Engineering, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan
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Interests: multiscale mechanics and multiphysics; simulation and experiment; electromagnetic composite materials; strength and function; smart materials and structures

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Continuous ecomonic growth requires sophisticated structural and fuctional materials. The combination of a number of materials has the potential to obtain outstanding properties, which single materials do not provide. Metal matrix composites (MMCs) have especially been mainly studied as high specific structural materials for aerospace and automobile applications since the early 1960s. In the present day,  we employ not only continuous fibers, but also discontinous fibers, particles, and nanowhiskers, such as carbon nanotubes. Furthermore, the addition of reinforcements has been considered to improve the thermal, electric, piezoelectric, magnetostrictive and other functions of metal matrices.

However, there have been few successful attempts to obtain the theoritical performance of reinforcements in MMCs due to issues in fabrication processes, interfacial chemical reactions, interfacial resistance, and so on. Therefore, it seems that the motivation for the development in academic and industrial fields has slowly waned. Nevertheless, MMCs continue to be potential candidates for providing unique, excellent properties, which cannot be obtained from other materials.

In this Special Issue, we are calling for papers to report on the newest research on any MMC. We are broadly interested in fabrication methods, the evaluation of fuctional and structural propeties, and interfacial interaction.

Prof. Dr. Hiroki Kurita
Prof. Dr. Fumio Narita
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • metal matrix composite
  • interface
  • microstructure
  • fiber
  • particle

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Research

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Semisolid State Sintering Behavior of Aluminum–Stainless Steel 316L Composite Materials by Powder Metallurgy
Materials 2019, 12(9), 1473; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma12091473
Received: 11 April 2019 / Revised: 3 May 2019 / Accepted: 4 May 2019 / Published: 7 May 2019
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Abstract
Aluminum (Al)-stainless steel 316L (SUS316L) composites were successfully fabricated by the spark plasma sintering process (SPS) using pure Al and SUS316L powders as raw materials. The Al-SUS316L composite powder comprising Al with 50 vol.% of SUS316L was prepared by a ball milling process. [...] Read more.
Aluminum (Al)-stainless steel 316L (SUS316L) composites were successfully fabricated by the spark plasma sintering process (SPS) using pure Al and SUS316L powders as raw materials. The Al-SUS316L composite powder comprising Al with 50 vol.% of SUS316L was prepared by a ball milling process. Subsequently, it was sintered at 630 °C at a pressure of 200 MPa and held for 5 min in a semisolid state. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns show that intermetallic compounds such as Al13Fe4 and AlFe3 were created in the Al-SUS316L composite because the Al and SUS316L particles reacted together during the SPS process. The presence of these intermetallic compounds was also confirmed by using XRD, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), and EDS mapping. The mechanical hardness of the Al-SUS316L composites was analyzed by a Vickers hardness tester. Surprisingly, the Al-SU316L composite exhibited a Vickers hardness of about 620 HV. It can be concluded that the Al-SUS316L composites fabricated by the SPS process are lightweight and high-hardness materials that could be applied in the engineering industry such as in automobiles, aerospace, and shipbuilding. Full article
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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Planned paper 1:

Title:

Effect of TiB Orientation on Near-threshold Fatigue Crack Propagation in TiB- reinforced  Ti-3Al-2.5V Matrix Composites Treated with Heat Extrusion

Authors: 

Shoichi KIKUCHI a,*, Shunsuke TAMAI b, Takao KAWAI b, Yoshikazu NAKAI b and Hiroki KURITA c
Affiliation:

a Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Shizuoka University;

b Department of Mechanical Engineering, Kobe University;

c Department of Materials Processing, Graduate School of Engineering, Tohoku University

Planned paper 2:

Titile:

Semi-solid state sintering behavior of aluminum-stainless steel316L composites materials by powder metallurgy

Authors:

Kwangjae Park 1, Dasom Kim 1, Kyungju Kim 1,2, Seungchan Cho 3 and Hansang Kwon 1,2,*

Affiliation:

1.Department of Materials System Engineering, Pukyong National University, 365, Sinseon-ro,    Nam-gu, Busan 48547, Korea;

2.Next Generation Materials Co., Ltd., 365, Sinseon-ro, Nam-gu, Busan 48547, Korea;

3.Functional Composites Department, Korea Institute of Materials Science (KIMS), 797, Changwon-daero, Seongsan-gu, Changwon-si, 51508, Korea;

 

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