Special Issue "Developments in Zinc Alloys: Material Properties and Processing"

A special issue of Metals (ISSN 2075-4701).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2020).

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Annalisa Pola
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Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Brescia, via Branze 38, Brescia 25123, Italy
Interests: non-ferrous alloys; foundry processes; metallurgical characterization; mechanical properties; liquid metal treatment; additive manufacturing; semisolid processing; simulation of foundry processes and heat treatments; rheology of liquid and semisolid metals; PDV-CVD coatings
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Dr. Marialaura Tocci
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Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (DIMI), University of Brescia, via Branze 38, 25123 Brescia, Italy
Interests: non-ferrous alloys; metallurgical characterization; foundry processes; mechanical properties; additive manufacturing; semisolid processing; rheology; heat treatments
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Zinc alloys are found in many items of everyday life, for instance, in automotive and electronic devices, as well as in fashion and design fields. The possibility of obtaining extremely low thicknesses, good dimensional tolerances, high production rates, and good finishings are known positive aspects, especially for Zn–Al alloys, which is what has led to their wide use.
On the other hand, the degradation of the mechanical properties with time represents a serious limit to the use of these alloys. Therefore, in order to extend their applications, a deep understanding of these phenomena, the development of new chemical compositions, and the use of alternative manufacturing processes are fundamental.
Lately, growing attention has been dedicated to the promising biomedical applications of zinc-based alloys as a result of their biocompatibility and degradability.
Because of the versatility of all of these materials, the current Special Issue focuses on the recent developments regarding zinc-based alloys under a broad range of topics/points of view. Studies on the characterization of the microstructural and mechanical properties and on the development of innovative alloys are encouraged. The Special Issue also welcomes papers dealing with innovations in zinc die-casting and manufacturing processes. Research articles on biomedical applications are also of interest, as well as investigations on wear and corrosion mechanisms.

Prof. Annalisa Pola
Dr. Marialaura Tocci
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Zn alloys
  • Zamak
  • Die-casting
  • Foundry
  • Manufacturing
  • Microstructure
  • Aging
  • Biodegradable implant
  • Mechanical properties
  • Wear
  • Corrosion
  • Surface finishing

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Review of Microstructures and Properties of Zinc Alloys
Metals 2020, 10(2), 253; https://doi.org/10.3390/met10020253 - 14 Feb 2020
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Abstract
According to market data, about 15% of world zinc consumption is devoted to the production of zinc-base alloys that are used for manufacturing automotive parts, electronic/electrical systems and also, water taps and sanitary fittings, household articles, fashion goods, etc. These alloys are characterized [...] Read more.
According to market data, about 15% of world zinc consumption is devoted to the production of zinc-base alloys that are used for manufacturing automotive parts, electronic/electrical systems and also, water taps and sanitary fittings, household articles, fashion goods, etc. These alloys are characterized by low melting points and high fluidity that make them suitable for foundry applications. Typically, they are processed by hot chamber high-pressure die-casting where can be cast to thicknesses as low as 0.13 mm. The die-cast zinc alloys possess an attractive combination of mechanical properties, permitting them to be applied in a wide variety of functional applications. However, depending on the alloying elements and purposes, some zinc alloys can be processed also by cold chamber die-casting, gravity, or sand casting as well as spin casting and slush casting. In this paper, a detailed overview of the current knowledge in the relationships between processing, microstructure and mechanical properties of zinc-base alloys will be described. In detail, the evolution of the microstructure, the dimensional stability and aging phenomena are described. Furthermore, a thorough discussion on mechanical properties, as such as hardness, tensile, creep, and wear properties of zinc-base alloys is presented. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Developments in Zinc Alloys: Material Properties and Processing)
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