Design and Development of Metal Matrix Composites

A special issue of Metals (ISSN 2075-4701). This special issue belongs to the section "Metal Matrix Composites".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2024 | Viewed by 168

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Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Department, Faculty of Engineering, Oporto University, 4099-002 Porto, Portugal
Interests: metal matrix nanocomposites; nanomaterials; reactive multilayers; microstructural characterization; advanced materials; joining technologies; titanium alloys; diffusion bonding
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Metal Matrix Composites (MMCs) represent promising advanced materials that have garnered significant attention in various industrial sectors due to their exceptional mechanical properties and tailored functionality.

MMC design involves incorporating one or more reinforcing phases, such as ceramic, carbon, or other metallic materials, into a metal matrix. This strategic combination allows engineers to tailor the material's properties to meet specific requirements, including improved strength, stiffness, thermal conductivity, and wear resistance. The selection of reinforcement materials, their volume fraction, and distribution within the matrix are critical factors in optimizing the final composite's performance.

The development of MMCs encompasses several fabrication techniques, including powder metallurgy, in-situ synthesis, and various casting methods. Each method offers unique advantages and challenges, influencing the resulting material's microstructure and properties. Advanced processing technologies, such as high-energy ball milling, spark plasma sintering, and rapid solidification, have enhanced the homogeneity and performance of MMCs.

In this Special Issue, we welcome articles focusing on producing metal matrix composites through processes like powder metallurgy, casting, or additive manufacturing. Microstructural characterization and its relationship with final mechanical properties is also an objective of this Special Issue due to the importance of this knowledge for their implementation. Thus, researchers are invited to propose original investigations involving the recent advances in the design, production, and characterization of metal matrix composites.

Dr. Sónia Simões
Guest Editor

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  • composites
  • powder metallurgy
  • casting
  • additive manufacturing
  • microstructure
  • mechanical properties
  • in-situ synthesis
  • dispersion techniques

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