Modeling Thermodynamic Systems and Optimizing Metallurgical Processes

A special issue of Metals (ISSN 2075-4701). This special issue belongs to the section "Computation and Simulation on Metals".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2024 | Viewed by 148

Special Issue Editor

School of Civil Aviation, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi’an 710072, China
Interests: metal and materials; thermodynamics; precipitation; diffusion; metallurgy
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Metals and metallic materials have long been used by human civilization and can be thought of as one broad category of important materials. Metals mostly occur in combined states in the form of ores and minerals as oxides, sulfides, silicates, titanate, phosphate, etc. Only a few precious metals are found in negative or uncombined forms. Therefore, the life cycle of metals and metallic materials contains metal extraction, refining, casting, foundry process, rolling, extrusion, heat treatment, recycling, etc. Thermodynamics and kinetics are recognized as crucial factors that must be considered in metal and material production processes. Linking fundamental material property databases with specific material software to simulate metallurgical or material processes is one type of future metallurgical and material design process. The success of this approach will bring further advancements for current metallurgical technology. These material properties include thermodynamic properties, mass transportation properties, reactivity, and so on. The development of physical models and databases for thermodynamic and thermophysical properties, as well as the development of effective models for metallurgical and material processes, will pave the way for this trend. This Special Issue focuses on the thermodynamic and kinetic aspects of inorganic substances and the optimization of current metallurgical and material processes.

In this Special Issue, articles that focus on the development of a database for thermodynamic and thermophysical properties, advanced methods for database development, applications of thermodynamics and/or kinetics in metallurgical, and material process design are highly sought after. Therefore, this Special Issue will cover, but is not limited to, the following fundamental and applied research topics:

  • Thermodynamic modeling for metallic and oxide systems;
  • Diffusion modeling for metallic and oxide systems;
  • Viscosity modeling for slag and liquid metal;
  • Machine learning on thermodynamic modeling;
  • Phase diagram measurements;
  • Diffusion measurements;
  • Thermodynamic property measurements;
  • Thermodynamic calculations;
  • Solidification;
  • Metal extraction;
  • Metal refinement;
  • Recycling;
  • Metallurgical process simulation;
  • Material process simulation;
  • Material design;
  • Corrosion.

Please submit your paper promptly if you wish to contribute, and thank you for your interest in this Special Issue of Metals: “Modeling Thermodynamic Systems and Optimizing Metallurgical Processes”.

Dr. Senlin Cui
Guest Editor

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  • thermodynamic modeling for metallic and oxide systems
  • diffusion modeling for metallic and oxide systems
  • viscosity modeling for slag and liquid metal
  • machine learning on thermodynamic modeling
  • phase diagram measurements
  • diffusion measurements
  • thermodynamic property measurements
  • thermodynamic calculations
  • solidification
  • metal extraction
  • metal refinement
  • recycling
  • metallurgical process simulation
  • material process simulation
  • material design
  • corrosion

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