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Special Issue "Net-Shape Die Casting of Semi-solid Alloys"
A special issue of Metals (ISSN 2075-4701).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2019).
Interests: metallic materials and composites; semi-solid metal forming; thixoforming; thixoforging; casting; welding; friction welding; additive manufacturing; property-structures relationships; heat treatments; non-destructive testing; engineering education and the development of personal and professional skills for doctoral students
Although shaping alloys in the semi-solid state (more commonly known as thixoforming) is a technology that has been around for good few decades now, both awareness of this technology and its industrial applications appear to have had a sketchy rate of success. However, if one looks beyond the various incarnations of this process they will soon discover that it is a very successful technology that has found applications in a variety of industries including the automotive, electronics and other consumer products.
In the last few years a new technology has entered the arena of near net-shape of alloys; Additive Manufacturing (AM). This 3D printing technology shows promise and even though it still proving itself, its potential is tremendous. Nevertheless, as all technologies, AM provides us with one more tool to deliver what customers require in competition with existing near net-shape technologies, such as casting and thixoforming.
To date, successful industrial applications of semi-solid processing are using mainly non-ferrous alloys such as aluminum, magnesium and zinc in direct competition with die-casting. On the research side, over the years, ferrous alloys, copper-based alloys, super alloys and composites have all been demonstrated as potential candidates but as yet they have not found their commercial niche.
Recent industrial developments around the world have once again brought semi-solid net-shape die casting back into play and although ‘prediction is difficult, especially about the future’; the signs about the future of this technology appear once again to be encouraging.
This Special Issue on “Net-Shape Die Casting of Semi-Solid Alloys” intends to bring you up to date with developments in this exciting manufacturing technology, current applications and possible future trends.
Dr. Plato Kapranos
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Net-Shape Die Casting
- Semi-Solid Processing
- non-ferrous alloys
- ferrous alloys