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Special Issue "Smart Materials Technologies"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2021).

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Prof. Dr. Filippo Berto
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Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim 7491, Norway
Interests: fatigue and fracture behavior of materials; mechanical characterization; structural integrity of conventional and innovative materials
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Dear Colleagues,

The 6th International Conference on Smart Materials Technologies (ICSMT 2021) will take place in Kazan, Russian Federation on May 28–30, 2021. It has been organized by the Science and Engineering Institute with the support of Magnitogorsk State Technical University and Novosibirsk State Technical University. The objective of this Special Issue is to publish outstanding papers presented at the conference which address cutting-edge advances, new ideas, and research results in the field of smart materials technologies. Examples of innovative and successful industrial applications, as well as nonconventional approaches, are also encouraged. The topics covered by this Special Issue include (but are not limited to): (a) materials science and engineering; (b) materials manufacturing and processing; and (c) materials properties, measuring methods, and applications. Research based on analytical methods, experimental testing or numerical modeling is acceptable. Literature review articles are also welcome. This Special Issue is also open to authors who will not be attending the conference.

Prof. Dr. Ricardo Branco
Prof. Dr. Filippo Berto
Guest Editors

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  • Metallic alloys
  • Superplastic materials
  • Ceramics and glasses
  • Composites
  • Amorphous materials
  • Nanomaterials
  • Biomaterials
  • Multifunctional materials
  • Smart materials
  • Engineering polymers
  • Functional materials
  • Magnetic materials
  • Superconducting materials
  • Casting
  • Powder metallurgy
  • Welding
  • Sintering
  • Thermochemical treatment
  • Coatings
  • Surface treatment
  • Machining
  • Plastic forming

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Fatigue Modeling and Numerical Analysis of Re-Filling Probe Hole of Friction Stir Spot Welded Joints in Aluminum Alloys
Materials 2021, 14(9), 2171; - 23 Apr 2021
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In the present study, the fatigue behavior and tensile strength of A6061-T4 aluminum alloy, joined by friction stir spot welding (FSSW), are numerically investigated. The 3D finite element model (FEM) is used to analyze the FSSW joint by means of Abaqus software. The [...] Read more.
In the present study, the fatigue behavior and tensile strength of A6061-T4 aluminum alloy, joined by friction stir spot welding (FSSW), are numerically investigated. The 3D finite element model (FEM) is used to analyze the FSSW joint by means of Abaqus software. The tensile strength is determined for FSSW joints with both a probe hole and a refilled probe hole. In order to calculate the fatigue life of FSSW joints, the hysteresis loop is first determined, and then the plastic strain amplitude is calculated. Finally, by using the Coffin-Manson equation, fatigue life is predicted. The results were verified against available experimental data from other literature, and a good agreement was observed between the FEM results and experimental data. The results showed that the joint’s tensile strength without a probe hole (refilled hole) is higher than the joint with a probe hole. Therefore, re-filling the probe hole is an effective method for structures jointed by FSSW subjected to a static load. The fatigue strength of the joint with a re-filled probe hole was nearly the same as the structure with a probe hole at low applied loads. Additionally, at a high applied load, the fatigue strength of joints with a refilled probe hole was slightly lower than the joint with a probe hole. Full article
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