Special Issue "Selected Papers from the 5th International Conference on Light Materials LightMAT 2023"

LightMAT is pleased to publish a Special Issue again this year, in collaboration with Metals by MDPI magazine. This Special Issue on light materials is set to publish selected works presented at this event, in order to share recent progress and new achievements in this emerging field with broader scientific and industrial communities.

All information about the Special Issue and manuscript submission

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2023

Special Issue Information

The ongoing need of resource efficiency calls for advanced material solutions. Metallic light materials, such as aluminum, and magnesium alloys as well as titanium alloys, offer excellent prerequisites for this. Striving for optimal solutions requires a multidisciplinary approach that combines materials science and production technology with designing and dimensioning.

Taking up these aspects the 5th International Conference on Light Materials LightMAT 2023 (https://dgm.de/lightmat/2023/) provides a platform for academic and industrial researchers, scientists, and engineers to present and discuss the recent development and progress made in Magnesium, Aluminium, Titanium and their alloys and materials combinations. The materials are viewed individually or in multi-material designs, including processing, joining, and corrosion protection. In addition, LightMAT 2023 will focus on Eco-Efficiency in materials and processes. In this context, we address the question: What are the innovative research business models for materials and material processes shearing with industrial needs for contributing to the accelerated material circularity, sustainability, and also to the dematerialization of our economy related to less dependency on primary materials?

Beyond the metals standard processes and primary applications are addressed, intended to provide comparison and cross-fertilization, giving a comprehensive overview of individual advances, challenges, and highlights, covering:

  • Conventional and advanced lightweight applications and products in automotive, aerospace, and other relevant transport and applications

  • Fundamental aspects of the three metallic lightweight materials and their alloys, their processing and (physical) metallurgy issues involved

  • Microstructure evolution, related properties, and advanced simulation

  • Industrial fabrication, processing, joining, and corrosion protection issues

  • Additive Manufacturing of metallic structures enabling novel lightweight designs

  • Formability and advanced forming of light alloys to shape complex parts

This Special Issue on Light Materials is set to publish selected works presented at this event, in order to share recent progress and new achievements in this emerging field with broader scientific and industrial communities.

Guest Editors

Prof. Dr. Axel von Hehl
Head of Chair of Materials Science and Testing, Institute for Materials Engineering, University of Siegen, Paul-Bonatz-Straße 9-11, 57076 Siegen, Germany

Interests: lightweight materials; alloy development for additive manufacturing; multi-material-design and hybrid materials; processing; forming; selective laser melting; heat treatment; interface engineering; joining; modeling; testing and characterization; differential scanning calorimetry; x-ray microscopy; failure mechanisms; survival probability models

Prof. Dr. Bjørn Holmedal
Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Sem Sælands veg 14, 7491 Trondheim, Norway

Interests: precipitation hardening; aluminum alloys; aluminum

Dr. Julíe Lévesque
Québec Metallurgy Center, Leader of the Metal Forming and Assembly Group, 3095 Westinghouse, Trois-Rivières, QC, Canada

Interests: metal forming processes; heat treatments and thermomechanical treatments; welding, structural adhesives

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