Special Issue "Aluminum and Magnesium Alloys and Composites: Forming, Preparation, and Processing (Volume II)"

A special issue of Metals (ISSN 2075-4701). This special issue belongs to the section "Metal Casting, Forming and Heat Treatment".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2024 | Viewed by 78

Special Issue Editors

National Engineering Research Center of Light Alloy Net Forming and Key State Laboratory of Metal Matrix Composites, School of Material Science and Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240, China
Interests: casting methods; composite materials; light alloy processing
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Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Maragheh, Maragheh 83111-55181, Iran
Interests: metal forming; ultrafine grained and nanostructure metals and alloys; severe plastic deformation; laminated composites
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In the modern world, the use of light structural materials has become inescapable and avant-garde design strategies are directed toward weight reduction (e.g., thin-walled components). To this end, aluminum and magnesium, having the lightest density of all common structural materials (ρAl = 2.7 g.cm−3, ρMg = 1.7 g.cm−3), are regarded as the most popular lightweight metals, specifically in aviation, the automobile industry, architecture, marine vehicles, and daily life. Therefore, their utilization leads to a reduction in vehicle weight and fuel savings. Since these two metals are close to each other in Mendeleev’s periodic table, they also have almost similar properties, including atomic weight, strength, melting point, and elasticity. However, they exhibit different crystallographic structures that explain the fundamental differences in their forming behavior, crystal plastic anisotropy, deformation, and microstructural evolution mechanisms. Unlike aluminum, with a face-centered cubic (fcc) structure, magnesium is still limited in structural components mainly because of its restricted ambient temperature formability due to a shortage of independent deformation modes in its hexagonal close-packed (hcp) structure. Aluminum is the most used metal after steel and magnesium, with very low density (one-third lighter than aluminum) and a higher specific strength than aluminum alloys, making it extremely important in industrial applications. Hence, it is vital to improve the properties of Al- and Mg-based alloys and composites by designing new preparation methods, novel post-processing, and cheaper forming routes to achieve high-performance materials and expand the applications of these alloys in industry.

Various methods have been reported for the preparation of Al- and Mg-based alloys and composites with their own benefits and shortcomings. In addition, many post-processing, thermal, and deformation-based technologies and coating strategies have been applied to these alloys to improve their properties and performance. In this regard, the present issue aims to thoroughly discuss Al and Mg alloys and composites in terms of preparation methods, processing, forming, and related properties. It is hoped that the issue’s results will lead to a deeper understanding and expansion of the use of these alloys and composites in industry and pave the way toward producing high-efficiency components for many researchers and professionals.

Prof. Dr. Qudong Wang
Prof. Dr. Mahmoud Ebrahimi
Guest Editors

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  • aluminum
  • magnesium
  • alloys and composites
  • casting methods
  • metal-forming processes
  • grain refinements
  • mechanical properties
  • microstructure characterization

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