Mechanical Behaviors and Interfacial Segregation Phenomena in Metallic Materials: Simulation, Theory, and Characterization

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2024 | Viewed by 202

Special Issue Editors

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Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL 35406, USA
Interests: computational materials science; solid mechanics; grain boundary segregation; machine learning; interfacial phenomenon

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Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL 35406, USA
Interests: (in situ) electron microscopy; materials processing and manufacturing; interfaces; small-scale mechanical testing; crystalline defects

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Metallic materials typically consist of metal or metal alloys and may sometimes also incorporate small amounts of non-metallic elements like carbon and nitrogen. The combination of these different elements allows metallic materials to achieve desired material properties tailored for specific engineering applications. Among these properties, mechanical properties such as ductility, plasticity, and strength are particularly crucial. This is because the mechanical properties not only determine the practical range of applications for a metallic material, but also directly influence its overall performance during service, such as service life. Given the polycrystalline nature of most technically relevant metallic materials, the segregation of impurity or solute elements at both intragranular and intergranular interfaces can significantly change their mechanical behaviors, thereby alternating the overall mechanical performance of these materials. Understanding the relationship between interfacial segregation and mechanical behavior at various length scales is not only important for enriching our fundamental knowledge of interface science, but also sheds lights on the design of novel metallic materials with improved properties via interfacial segregation engineering.   

In this Special Issue, we welcome articles dealing with the use of simulation, theoretical, and experimental tools to investigate the relationships between mechanical behaviors and interfacial segregation phenomena in metallic materials. Studies on the effects of interfacial segregation on mechanical behaviors in such materials using data-driven and physics-informed modeling are highly encouraged.

Dr. Chongze Hu
Dr. Xin Wang
Guest Editors

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  • mechanical behaviors
  • interfacial segregation
  • metallic materials
  • structure-property relationship
  • crystalline defects

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