Special Issue "Material and Process Design for Lightweight Structures"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2018).
A printed edition of this Special Issue is available here.
Interests: lightweight materials; magnesium alloys; plastic deformation; recrystallization and grain growth; texture and microstructure; mechanical properties
The drive toward increased fuel efficiency and a reduction in the harmful emission of greenhouse gases associated with energy generation and transportation has led, in recent years, to a resurgence of interest in light alloys and new lightweight alloy design strategies. In automotive industry, the need to reduce vehicle weight has led to extensive research efforts to develop aluminum and magnesium alloys for structural car body parts. In aerospace, the move toward composite airframe structures demands an increased use of formable titanium alloys. In steel research, there are also major efforts to design novel damage-controlled forming processes for a new generation of efficient and reliable lightweight steel components. These materials constitute today’s research mission for lightweight design. They provide a fertile materials science research field aiming to achieve a better understanding of the interplay between industrial processing, developing microstructures, and the resulting material properties.
Given the extensive scientific and technological importance of this timely subject, it is expedient to collect concise reports—to be presented in this Special Issue—on the current status in the field in the areas of manufacturing and processing technologies of light metals, microstructure and texture manipulation, innovative alloy design concepts and advanced characterization methods and in-situ techniques. We will not be able to cover all the exciting work in this rapidly-growing field, but we certainly hope to provide the reader with a sense of where significant advances are being made, where critical issues remain unanswered, and, from the authors’ perspectives, where the field is heading in the near future.
Dr.-Ing. Talal Al-Samman
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- light metals
- alloy design
- mechanical properties
- advanced characterization