Special Issue "Physical Metallurgy of Microalloyed Steels"

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 December 2023 | Viewed by 127

Special Issue Editors

Department of Materials Engineering (MTM), KU Leuven, 3001 Leuven, Belgium
Interests: microalloyed steel; thermo-mechanical processing; microstructure–property relationships; welding; hydrogen embrittlement; mining; sustainability
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Materials and Manufacturing Division, CEIT-BRTA and Universidad de Navarra-Tecnun, 20018 Donostia-San Sebastian, Basque Country, Spain
Interests: thermomechanical processing; microstructural evolution modeling; microalloying; microstructure–property relationship
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Microalloying in steel was introduced in the 1960s, and since then became the standard metallurgical approach for producing thermomechanically processed steels. The metal physical effects related to microalloying, especially grain refinement and particle precipitation, are well-known. In recent years, the body of knowledge on the physical metallurgy of microalloys has been steadily increasing as novel characterization techniques have allowed a much deeper insight into the specific functionality of microalloying elements and their interactions with other alloying elements. This has initiated new applications for microalloys in areas where they have not been considered before. A prominent example relates to improving the resistance against hydrogen embrittlement in ultra-high-strength steels. On the computational side, the modeling of microalloy interaction with thermomechanical processes as well as ab initio calculations for understanding interactions at the atomic scale are progressing rapidly.

This Special Issue invites authors to report on recent findings regarding the fundamental understanding of microalloy effects and functionality in steel as well as the product-related design and processing of microalloyed steels. Contributions should focus on physical metallurgical effects, interaction with processing and application properties. Reviews reflecting on the state-of-the-art developed in specific aspects of microalloying are also welcome.

Prof. Dr. Hardy Mohrbacher
Dr. Pello Uranga
Guest Editors

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  • microstructural control
  • grain refinement
  • precipitation
  • transformation
  • solute drag
  • segregation
  • hydrogen embrittlement
  • recrystallization delay
  • weldability

Published Papers

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