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Special Issue "Thermodynamics of Materials Degradation"

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Dear Colleagues,

The degradation of a structure, under various loading conditions, involves the progress of damage by initiation and growth of defects, such as microvoids and microcracks, and their coalescence into macrocracks. Thermodynamically, all damage mechanisms share a common feature at a much deeper level, which is dissipation of energy. Degradation processes are irreversible, meaning that they cause irreversible alteration to the system and the surroundings.

This Special Issue provides a platform for the structural and materials community to present recent advances in computation and experimentation of damage in metal alloys (wrought and additively manufactured) and composites. A particular focus will be put on fatigue and fracture modeling, simulation, and experimental characterization from micro to macroscale. Non-traditional methods to fatigue damage modeling such as data-driven methods, information-theory-based approaches, and entropic methods are welcome.

Contributions are welcome on but not limited to the following topics:

  • The role of microstructure in thermodynamics of degradation;
  • Damage characterization using thermodynamic entropy, temperature, energy dissipation approaches;
  • Nondestructive damage assessment methods such as infrared thermography, acoustic emission, ultrasonic, digital image correlation, fiber optic, vibration, etc.;
  • Computational modeling of fatigue and fracture: fracture mechanics, continuum damage mechanics, crystal plasticity, phase field models, peridynamics, entropic method, statistical mechanics, and information-theory-based models.

Prof. Dr. Mehdi Amiri
Guest Editor


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  • Thermodynamic entropy
  • Energy dissipation
  • Materials degradation
  • Engineering materials
  • Multiscale analysis
  • Fatigue and fracture
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