Microstructure and Properties of Steels and Other Structural Alloys, Second Edition

A special issue of Crystals (ISSN 2073-4352). This special issue belongs to the section "Crystalline Metals and Alloys".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 November 2024 | Viewed by 110

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Interests: steels and iron alloys; atom probe tomography; electron microscopy; additive manufacturing; Co/Ni-based superalloys; thermodynamic simulations; ICME materials by design
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Dear Colleagues,

Following the remarkable success of the first edition of this Special Issue, entitled “Microstructure and Properties of Steels and Other Structural Alloys”, we are pleased to announce this second edition and continue to recruit manuscripts in this field.

Structural alloys, especially steels, are some of the most important modern materials, currently used to overcome various challenges worldwide. Researchers are constantly striving to develop structural alloys with better properties for engineering purposes as well as economic interests. This development heavily relies on the understanding of microstructure–property relationships, the crux of materials research. The latest advances in characterization, calculation, and simulation techniques aid in revealing new microstructure–property relationships from the atomic/nanometer to macroscopic scales, which are the main focus of this Special Issue.

This Special Issue aims to cover recent progress in the research field of structural alloys, targeting their use in ambient, high-temperature applications, with a focus on microstructural–property relationships, including, but not limited to, hardness, tensile strength, toughness, ductility, creep resistance, thermal stability and heat resistance, corrosion/oxidation resistance, fatigue, and creep fatigue. The broad scope of structural alloys enables research on a wide range of materials to be included in this issue. All aspects related to microstructural characterization, phase transformations, processing and heat treatment, strengthening mechanisms, precipitate kinetics, microstructural evolutions, simulations and numerical modelling, and material design will be covered. Review articles that describe the current state of the art in this field are also welcome.

Dr. Qing-Qiang Ren
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  • steels and structural alloys
  • material characterization
  • phase transformations
  • mechanical properties
  • heat-resistant alloys
  • phase transformations
  • thermodynamic simulations
  • microstructure–property relationship
  • material design and development

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