About this Research Topic
The inter-relationship between composition, processing and properties of alloys is the backbone of physical metallurgy to assess the alloys’ practical applications. The idea is to alter the structure of materials at the micro-level by changing the processing techniques. This leads to a corresponding response in properties and performance, which are critical indicators from a manufacturing perspective. In the past several years, significant progress has been achieved, such as manufacturing processes optimization, integration of additive manufacturing technologies, development of novel alloys, and modernization of multi-scale characterization techniques. These research initiatives require a full understanding of the fundamental aspects of physical metallurgy that have a direct impact on metal manufacturing processes.
This Research Topic is particularly interested in conventional manufacturing processes such as rolling, forging, extrusion, and drawing, as well as additive technologies such as laser powder bed fusion, directed energy deposition, cold spray, and binder jetting processes, applied to the mechanical and microstructural analysis in steels. The investigation of microstructural evolution during the above manufacturing processes complemented with advanced microstructural characterization techniques in iron-based alloys is also of interest.
Keywords: steels, physical metallurgy, processing, microstructure characterization, deformation
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