Special Issue "Non-conventional Technologies for Thermal/Thermo-Mechanical Treatment"

A special issue of Metals (ISSN 2075-4701). This special issue belongs to the section "Metal Casting, Forming and Heat Treatment".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2023 | Viewed by 126

Special Issue Editors

Department of Electromechanical, Systems and Metal Engineering, Ghent University, B-9052 Ghent, Belgium
Interests: thermal and thermo-mechanical processing of metallic materials; advanced high strength steels (AHSS); ultrafast heating, thermal cycling, microstructural characterization including texture -SEM, EBSD (TKD, TEM, XRD); processing-structure-property relationship in metallic materials; damage and fracture in AHSS, rails and bearings
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IMDEA Materials Institute, 28906 Getafe, Madrid, Spain
Interests: physical simulation of metallurgical processes; thermo-mechanical processing of metallic materials; alloy–processing–structure–property relationship in metallic materials
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Conventional metal processing, particularly heat treatment, significantly impacts resource exploitation and CO2 emissions. Most energy sources in this sector are fossil-fuel-based or rely on electrical resistance furnaces. In both cases, the heat source comes from outside of the material, the use of heat is not optimal, and heating rates are restricted to however long it takes for the heat to transfer from the heater to the heat-treated part. In most of the above cases, the heating rates do not exceed the range of 2°C/s to 10°C/s. In recent years, there has been a growing interest in nonconventional heat treatment processes in which heating is carried out at very high speed via different heating sources, such as induction heating or resistive heating, via passing the current directly through the sample. These processes increasingly approach the stage of industrial technology.

This Special Issue is focused on the results of experiments and modeling studies conducted on such nonconventional technologies for thermal or thermo-chemical treatments where high and very high heating rates and very short soaking times are used. Alternatively, approaches with multiple thermal treatment steps, such as thermal cycling, thermo-chemical treatment, (nano) composite production, and magnetic materials, are a subject of interest. We encourage you to share your experience in this field by publishing your research on the applications of such innovative technologies for ultrafast heating, ultrashort annealing, ultrafast tempering, microwave synthesis, thermal cycling, and thermo-mechanical or thermo-chemical treatment on steels and nonferrous alloys, demonstrating the link between the processing parameters, microstructure, texture, and properties. 

Prof. Dr. Roumen Petrov
Dr. Ilchat Sabirov
Guest Editors

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  • nonconventional heat treatment
  • ultra-fast heating
  • ultra-short annealing
  • thermal cycling
  • steel
  • advanced high-strength steels
  • electrical steels
  • nonferrous alloys
  • microstructure
  • texture
  • properties
  • (nano)composites

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