Friction and Wear of Metallic Materials—State of the Art

A special issue of Metals (ISSN 2075-4701).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2024 | Viewed by 156

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Faculty of Engineering, Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB T6G 1H9, Canada
Interests: material design; surfaces and interfaces; wear and corrosion; computational materials science
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School of Mechanical Engineering, Shandong University, Jinan 250061, China
Interests: reliability of electronic packaging; thermal management; friction and wear; advanced structural materials; computational materials
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Department of Chemical and materials Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB T6G 2R3, Canada
Interests: corrosion; wear; electrochemistry; materials
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Wear and friction are inevitably encountered in almost all industrial and technological sectors, resulting in various issues related to material damage or failure, energy loss, the performance and service life of equipment and instruments, high maintenance costs and safety concerns, etc. Friction and wear are complex surface processes, involving mechanical, metallurgical, physical and chemical interactions as well as mutually influenced sub- processes (e.g., environment–wear synergy and wear under the influence of external fields). On the other hand, wear and friction can be manipulated by changing the contact conditions and utilizing the external fields, e.g., variations in wear and friction in magnific fields. There has been exciting progress in tribological research and applications in this area, including that relating to the following: control wear and friction in electrical vehicles and trains, tuning wear using magnetic fields, wear control in nuclear-energy systems, friction control by surface texturing, tribological prediction via AI and machine learning techniques and analysis of the fundamentals of tribo-materials via first-principles calculations and molecular dynamics simulations.

We welcome to this Special Issue manuscripts that report on studies concerning recent progress in the tribological research and applications of metallic materials, including, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • The fundamentals of the wear and friction of metallic materials;
  • The tribology of armor materials;
  • Wear and friction in energy production, e.g., nuclear reactors;
  • Wear and friction in external fields, e.g., electrical and magnetical fields and energy field-assisted machining;
  • Progress in bionic tribology;
  • Progress in tribology in electronic devices;
  • AI and machine learning for tribo-material design and prediction;
  • Computational tribo-materials and tribological processes;
  • The additive manufacturing of tribo-materials;
  • Progress in tribological research in the transportation sector;
  • Wear and friction in electrical vehicles and trains;
  • Surface engineering for friction and wear control.

Prof. Dr. Dongyang Li
Prof. Dr. Yunqing Tang
Dr. Mingyu Wu
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  • wear
  • friction
  • metallic materials
  • tribological fundamentals
  • surface engineering
  • external fields
  • machine learning
  • atomic simulations

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