Key Engineering Materials
Cast iron, one of the oldest alloys known to the human race is still finding new applications in spite of fierce competition from lighter alloys as well as from the most recently discovered new materials. From its earliest beginnings in around 500BC, cast iron underwent little change until the revolutionary development of spheroidal-graphite (ductile) iron in 1949. This discovery was the spark that ignited a series of unexpected transmogrifications of that ancient alloy.After three centuries cast iron is still, surprisingly, widening its scope of application; thanks to the dedicated research work that has been carried out over the past few decades.
This project encompasses various aspects of bridge health-monitoring, maintenance and safety. It specifically deals with: bridge health-monitoring; bridge repair and rehabilitation issues; bridge-related safety and other implications.
The goal of “Manufacturing Automation Technology Development” is to exchange experiences and information in teaching and research, to explore the development of the subject, to maintain the standards of the subject, to raise the levels of teaching and research and to promote the development of manufacturing automation technology.
The existence of crack-like flaws cannot be precluded in any engineering structure. At the same time, the increasing demand for energy- and material-conservation dictates that structures be designed with smaller and smaller safety factors. Consequently, accurate quantitative estimates of the flaw-tolerance of structures are of direct concern to the prevention of fracture in load-bearing components of all kinds: ranging from space satellites and aircraft to bone prosthesis and home appliances.
This special collection covers the latest theoretical, computational and experimental research on fracture and damage mechanics, as well as on structural integrity and durability.
Dye-sensitized solar cell (DSC) technology is emerging, against the current background of drastic consumption-rates of irreplaceable natural resources, as the Cinderella solution to many energy-related problems, Almost since its first appearance, it has been regarded as being the most promising alternative to conventional silicon solar cell technology due to the tremendous advantages of low cost and high theoretical energy-conversion efficiency.
Volume is indexed by Thomson Reuters CPCI-S (WoS).
The volume covers topics related to all aspects of the mechanics and phenomena of fracture, fatigue, fracture mechanics approach, strength of materials, failure analysis and general structural integrity. The aim of this collection was to bring together state-of-the-art developments related to fracture mechanics and in this it has succeeded admirably.
The objective of this special collection was to provide an excellent platform for updating and discussing the latest advances in precision engineering-related fields by researchers and engineers from research laboratories, academia and industry all over the world. The volume covers a wide gamut of topics in precision engineering-related fields, ranging over precision machining, advanced measurement techniques and green and sustainable manufacturing. This work will provide a stimulus and inspiration for future studies and advancement in precision engineering and manufacturing technologies.