Progress and Challenges towards Additive Manufacturing of Structural Materials

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 December 2024 | Viewed by 132

Special Issue Editors

Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803, USA
Interests: additive manufacturing; metal; powder metallurgy; alloy design

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Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, G.G. Brown Laboratory 2350 Hayward, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA
Interests: composite materials; fusion bonding; thermoplastic composites; manufacture

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Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM 87545, USA
Interests: ion irradiation; nuclear materials; microstructure characterization; nanoindentation

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Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803, USA
Interests: zinc-ion batteries; lithium-ion batteries; supercapacitors

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Additive manufacturing (AM) holds significant potential for the fabrication of structural materials, yet it faces significant challenges within the current methodologies such as laser powder bed fusion (LPBF), directed energy deposition (DED), and additive friction stir deposition (AFSD). Issues including hot cracks, porosity, residual stresses, and microstructural defects hinder industrial application. Furthermore, material selection and optimization complexities necessitate a deeper understanding. This Special Issue aims to highlight both progress and challenges in AM methods. Contributions exploring process optimization, materials development, and performance characterization are invited. We especially welcome practical studies on defect formation mechanisms and mitigation strategies. Theoretical modeling and simulation studies predicting and optimizing AM outcomes are vital for progress. These theoretical methods aid in speeding up material development and enhancing our understanding of AM technology. Therefore, we welcome contributions that expand knowledge in this area.

We eagerly await your contributions.

Dr. Huan Ding
Dr. Wencai Li
Dr. Pengcheng Zhu
Dr. Wangwang Xu
Guest Editors

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  • additive manufacturing
  • defect mechanism
  • microstructure analysis
  • mechanical properties
  • optimization
  • AM simulation
  • alloy

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