Recent Advances in Additive Manufacturing of Metallic Materials: Characterization, Properties, and Modeling

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 November 2024 | Viewed by 127

Special Issue Editors

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State Key Laboratory of Powder Metallurgy, Central South University, Changsha 410083, China
Interests: additive manufacturing; titanium alloys

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Additive manufacturing (AM) technology is a revolutionary intelligent manufacturing technique that shortens preparation processes, accelerates product iteration cycles, reduces material waste, lowers production costs, and achieves near-net shaping of components with high complexity. Thanks to its unique forming method, which involves rapid cyclic cooling/heating, the resulting alloys usually have heterogeneous structures across scales, contributing to their excellent mechanical properties. However, metal additive manufacturing faces challenges such as thermal cracking tendencies during the solidification process, making it difficult to shape most of the 5500 alloys. Improving AM processes and developing alloys suitable for AM processes is a challenge.

The non-equilibrium solidification process in additive manufacturing introduces new structures, such as abundant dislocations, twinning, and metastable phases, profoundly affecting material deformation mechanisms and ensuring outstanding mechanical properties. Understanding the relationships between process variables, material characteristics, and mechanical performance is crucial for developing high-performance materials. Research in this field explores feasible approaches for shaping advanced new materials through additive manufacturing.

This Special Issue aims to gather original research and high-quality comprehensive reviews in this field, authored by renowned researchers who have made significant contributions to the field of metal additive manufacturing. This focus includes the design of new alloy compositions and widening general knowledge of microstructural evolution and its impact on mechanical properties. Research areas may include (but are not limited to) the following topics:

  • Design of novel alloy compositions for additive manufacturing;
  • Modeling and simulation of additive manufacturing;
  • Design and fabrication of porous metal structures;
  • Gradient heterogeneous materials in additive manufacturing;
  • Microstructural evolution of additive manufacturing materials;
  • Deformation mechanisms and mechanical properties of additively manufactured parts.

Dr. Yaojia Ren
Prof. Dr. Umberto Prisco
Guest Editors

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  • metal additive manufacturing
  • modeling
  • microstructure characterization
  • mechanical properties

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