Special Issue "Sustainability and Eco-innovations in Mechanical Processing Systems of Materials: Comminution, Agglomeration, Recycling"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2021.
Interests: innovative production technologies; finite element analysis; industrial machines; mechanical processing systems; non-ferrous metals
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Interests: biomaterials comminution; efficiency assessment; recycling; eco-energetical efficiency of technical systems; mechanical processing systems; mills; biomass processing
Today, progressive climate changes related to human activity and use of natural resources, as well as degradation of flora and fauna, are observed. As a consequence, actions have been taken to improve the quality of the natural environment by adopting global climate agreements regarding reduction of pollution, extraction of raw fossil materials, and energy consumption. Among the foundations for achieving this goal are the assumptions of sustainable development dealing with (1) the development of the economy while respecting three aspects—the natural environment, society, and economics—and (2) the idea of a circular economy aimed at eliminating waste and the continual use of resources in circular systems—the so-called closed-loop system—which minimizes the use of resource inputs. The industrial processing of various types of materials, for example food, energy carriers, and packaging, causes the consumption of a large amount of natural resources, water, and energy, as well as the emission of solid and volatile pollutants. The solution to the problems associated with the mechanical processing of materials is the introduction of eco-innovations and methodical actions towards the assessment of processing processes and structures in accordance with the assumptions of sustainable development.
We are pleased to announce that Sustainability will release a Special Issue dedicated to these important issues. As Guest Editors, we are pleased to invite you to contribute to this Special Issue. We hope that it will be a source of knowledge for both theoreticians and practitioners.
We encourage you to submit original scientific articles and review studies, containing the latest achievements in the field of mechanical processing of materials, with particular emphasis on grinding, agglomeration, and recycling processes. The thematic scope of this Special Issue includes, among others, the following aspects of material processing: new technologies and methods of assessment of processing processes, innovations in the field of comminution processes in biomass processing chains or polymer materials in recycling, biomass processing for energy purposes, and energy and environmental assessment of mechanical processing of biological materials, polymers, raw fossil materials, etc. Articles on life-cycle assessment in food, packaging, polymeric materials, and energy carrier processing are also welcome. We also encourage you to submit articles about new low-energy and low-emission design solutions of machines and processing equipment.
We assure you that we will make every effort to ensure that the quality of this Special Issue reaches the highest substantive standards.
Prof. Dr. Andrzej Gontarz
Dr. Weronika Kruszelnicka
Manuscript Submission Information
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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- LCA, eco-innovations
- low-emissions systems
- energy assessment
- mechanical processing systems
- food processing
- energy carriers processing