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Special Issue "Advances in Metal Casting Technology"
A special issue of Metals (ISSN 2075-4701).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2020.
Interests: metal casting; metallurgy; heat transfer; solidification; light alloys; steel; heat treatment; lost foam casting; casting defects
Interests: porous and cellular metals; metal foams; syntactic foams; metal matrix syntactic foams; metal matrix composites; metal casting; casting technology; powder metallurgy; powder technology; finite element analysis; integrated computational materials engineering (ICME); smart structures; sensor integration; sensorial materials; structural health monitoring (SHM)
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Interests: metal casting; coatings; casting defects; inorganic chemistry; refactory materials
Interests: metal casting processes; digital maintenance; casting follow up processes; logistics in foundries; performance measurement in production; balanced scorecards in production management
Interests: metal casting; lost foam casting; compound casting; hybrid materials and structures; powder metallurgy; additive manufacturing; printed sensors and electronics; smart manufacturing; e-mobility
As one of the oldest metal-based manufacturing techniques mankind has developed, casting lives on by constantly reinventing itself, optimizing the processes, materials, and properties that are achievable. The present Special Issue is meant to highlight these achievements and pinpoint future needs. Today, the casting industry faces challenges like the advent of additive manufacturing; the digitalization of industrial processes; and the introduction of electric and autonomous drive in the automotive industry, traditionally one of its main customers. In this Special Issue, we intend to contribute to the analysis of this situation and stress the industry’s response. In doing so, we will cover the full range of metal casting and its supporting technologies, from optimized component design to the simulation of materials and processes up to the prediction of microstructures and properties, from mould and core materials to advanced approaches like sensor integration or compound and hybrid castings and secondary processes like heat treatment. The SI is linked to the 2018 Lost Foam Casting international symposium (LFC 2018, Bremen, Germany, Nov. 7th/8th, 2018). Thematic foci will be
- digitalization from production organization to smart castings
- additive manufacturing in a metal casting context, e.g., for the production of hard tools and/or expendable patterns
- compound, hybrid, and smart castings (e.g., sensor integration)
- new materials for established processes (i.e., stainless lost foam)
- modelling and simulation from a macro to a micro scale, from the casting process to microstructure evolution and property prediction
While a core of the Special Issue's contributions is meant to be sourced from LFC 2018, external submissions are explicitly invited. Specifically welcome are contributions extending the SI’s scope beyond lost foam casting, covering all areas of advanced metal casting technology as highlighted above.
The group of guest editors has deliberately been selected for coverage of both the academic and the industrial community to ensure high-quality scientific contributions with a clear focus on application requirements.
Dr. William D. Griffiths
Dr. Dirk Lehmhus
Dr. Ekaterina Potaturina
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sven Roeren
Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Matthias Busse
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Metals is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- metal casting
- smart castings
- sensor integration
- compound casting
- hybrid materials
- hybrid manufacturing process
- casting simulation
- lost foam casting
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Title: Functionally-graded syntactic foams produced via particle pre-compaction
Authors: T. Fiedler, L. York, S. Broxtermann, N. Movahedi
Affiliation: Univ Newcastle, Sch Engn, Callaghan, NSW 2287, Australia
Abstract: This paper introduces a novel functionally graded metallic syntactic foam. The investigated foams are manufactured using infiltration casting where molten A356 aluminium flows into the interstitial voids of expanded perlite (EP) packed particle beds. The partial pre-compaction of particle beds enables the definition of distinct and reproducible density gradients within the syntactic foam. In this study, samples are produced using four gradually increasing compaction forces and are compared to non-compacted samples. X-ray imaging is used to detect the resulting spatial variation of foam density. In addition, quasi-static compression tests are performed to determine the mechanical foam properties. The results suggest that particle pre-compaction is an efficient tool to tailor the density and mechanical properties of these novel functionally graded materials.