Preface to the Viewpoint Set: Nanostructured metals - Advances in processing, characterization and application

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    Abstract

    The theme of two viewpoint sets has been nanostructured metals: one in 2003 on “Mechanical properties of fully dense nanocrystalline metals” (Scripta Materialia 2003;49:625–680) and one in 2004 on “Metals and alloys with a structural scale from the micrometer to the atomic dimensions” (Scripta Materialia 2004;51:751–841). Since then the field has retained its vigor and advances and new discoveries have been made, many of which form the basis of the present Viewpoint Set. An important part of the development has been the trend to produce traditional materials such as steel, aluminum and copper with increasingly finer structures in order to improve properties and sustainability. The structural scale of interest in such materials is therefore reduced to the nanometer range, which means that characterization and modeling of nanostructured metals now address an audience including not only physicists and materials scientists but also technologists and engineers. The present Viewpoint Set therefore covers metallic materials with a structural scale ranging from micrometer to nanometer in dimensions and focuses on processing techniques such as plastic deformation and phase transformations. As a result of the advances in processing techniques, research and development also now extends to applications of fine structured metals, especially in advanced components
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalScripta Materialia
    Volume60
    Issue number12
    Pages (from-to)1031-1032
    ISSN1359-6462
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2009

    Keywords

    • Materials research
    • Light strong materials for wind turbines and for transportation

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