Special Issue "Friction Stir Processing and Additive Manufacturing in Light Alloys (Mg, Al, Ti) and Their Composites"

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944). This special issue belongs to the section "Manufacturing Processes and Systems".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.

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Prof. Dr. Anne Mertens
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Aerospace and Mechanics, Faculty of Applied Science, Université de Liège, Quartier Polytech 1, Allée de la Découverte, 13A, B 4000 Liège, Belgium
Interests: additive manufacturing; friction stir processing; light alloys; metal matrix composites; tribology; thermal properties; microstructures; surface modification
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Dear Colleagues,

Light alloys are facing an ever-increasing demand, as they can fill the need for materials with high strength-to-weight ratios with the aim of reducing greenhouse gas emission in the transportation industry. However, the use of light alloys and of their composites is not limited to portable applications. By careful control of their microstructure and/or by the addition of a well-chosen second phase in composites, light alloys can also meet more stringent and specific requirements in terms of chemical, thermal, or other functional properties for a large variety of applications.

Over the last few years, friction stir processing and additive manufacturing—each technique with its own specificities—have emerged as powerful techniques for the production of light alloys and light metal matrix composites with tailored—often complex and hierarchical—microstructures and potentially improved usage properties. This Special Issue of Materials thus welcomes contributions on various topics fostering a deeper understanding of the correlations between processing parameters—microstructures and properties in the friction stir processing and additive manufacturing of light alloys (Mg, Al, Ti) and their composites (please see the keywords list below for more examples).

I kindly invite you to submit a manuscript(s) to this Special Issue. Full papers, communications, and reviews are all welcome.

Prof. Anne Mertens
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Keywords

  • Severe plastic deformation
  • Laser cladding
  • Laser powder bed fusion
  • Light alloys
  • Metal matrix composites
  • Functional materials
  • Architectured materials
  • Thermal properties
  • Tribological properties
  • Corrosion
  • Biomedical applications

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Evaluation of Usefulness of AlCrN Coatings for Increased Life of Tools Used in Friction Stir Welding (FSW) of Sheet Aluminum Alloy
Materials 2020, 13(18), 4124; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma13184124 - 16 Sep 2020
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The study presents the results of examinations of wear in tools made of 1.2344 steel without and with an anti-wear coating in the process of welding overlap joints of sheet metal made of 7075-T6 aluminum alloy using friction stir welding (FSW) technology. A [...] Read more.
The study presents the results of examinations of wear in tools made of 1.2344 steel without and with an anti-wear coating in the process of welding overlap joints of sheet metal made of 7075-T6 aluminum alloy using friction stir welding (FSW) technology. A commercial anti-wear AlCrN coating (Balinit® Alcrona Pro by Oerlikon Balzers Coating Poland Sp. z o.o., Polkowice, Poland) was examined, applied using physical vapor deposition (PVD) and used to improve tool life in metalworking processes. Wear tests for the tools were conducted in industrial conditions at specific parameters of the friction stir welding process. Tool wear was evaluated through examination of the tool working surface. The results of the static tensile strength tests and metallographic examinations of the joints were used to evaluate the effect of tool wear and the coating impact on joint quality. The results obtained in the study show that the tool made of 1.2344 steel was intensively worn after the welding of a joint with the length of 200 m, increasing the risk associated with further use of the tool and suggesting the tool’s low durability. The use of the AlCrN coating led to an increase in tool life. The coating limits the process of tool wear and can be used as an anti-wear coating for tools used in the FSW of aluminum alloys. Full article
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Effect of Corrosion Protection Method on Properties of RSW and RFSSW Lap Joints Applied in Production of Thin-Walled Aerostructures
Materials 2020, 13(8), 1841; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma13081841 - 14 Apr 2020
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Aluminum structures, and in particular an element of aerostructures, are strongly exposed to the effects of weather conditions. In the case of using new techniques of joining these structural elements, the selection of proper corrosion protection without losing the required properties of the [...] Read more.
Aluminum structures, and in particular an element of aerostructures, are strongly exposed to the effects of weather conditions. In the case of using new techniques of joining these structural elements, the selection of proper corrosion protection without losing the required properties of the joint may determine its potential application. This paper presents the results of experimental research concerning the influence of corrosion protection on the microstructure and mechanical strength of resistance spot welded (RSW) and refill friction stir spot welded (RFSSW) joints. The tests were carried out on 2024 T3 aluminum alloy, both sides alcladed. For comparison purposes, the following joints were welded: without any protection, with the primer layer, with anodic oxide coating, and with anodic oxide coating plus sealant between the overlapping surface of the welded metal sheet. The samples were visually inspected, and metallographic and mechanical strength examination was conducted. The test results indicate that the application of the protective layers and its type have an impact on the strength of RSW and RFSSW joints. The use of an adhesive or sealant in welded joints provides an increase in the load capacity of the joint. Full article
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