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Surface Engineering and Tribology of Advanced Smart Materials

Call for Papers

Smart materials have properties that react to changes in their environment and then undergo a material property change. This means that one of their properties can be changed by an external condition, such as temperature, light, pressure, or electricity. This change is reversible and can be repeated many times. Smart materials incorporate the achievements of scientific and engineering materials that are capable of actively or adaptively responding to stimuli. Smart materials have been around for many years and they have found a large number of applications. The wide range of applications in different concerned systems include smart material development for automotive, robot, aerospace, machine, sensor/actuator networks, energy harvesting, health monitoring, and biomimetic devices. Several types of smart materials are available such as shape memory alloys and polymers, piezoelectric materials, piezomagnetic materials, electrorheological fluids, magnetorheological fluids, electrostrictive materials, magnetostrictive materials, ferroelectric materials, electroactive polymers, electroactive papers, thermoelectric materials, and magnetocaloric materials which are extensively used in different mechanical and tribological systems. These materials aside, the researches are dynamically expanding as new functional and controllable materials.

This special issue is designed for the publication of refereed material on both the theory and practice of this important enabling technology, embracing science, technology, and engineering. The areas includes design, surface modification technologies and process control, and the characterization and properties of the final system or component, including quality control and nondestructive examination, materials, and tribology.

The researchers are invited to submit their papers on any aspect of advanced smart materials surface engineering to produce surface-substrate systems with unique mechanical, tribological, chemical, and/or functional properties that cannot be achieved from individual components alone. In addition to that the investigations on advanced smart materials, their characterization, manufacturing, and/or modeling are also considered. The original studies on smart materials engineering tribology in wide range of applications are appreciated. Moreover, the relevant theoretical and research articles are encouraged. To ensure the current state of the art, review articles in these areas are also invited.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Friction, wear, and lubrication of smart materials
  • Surface characterization of smart materials
  • Surface engineering in smart materials
  • Smart materials nanotribology
  • Smart materials contact mechanics
  • Wear-resistance of smart materials
  • Tribology and surface engineering of coated smart materials
  • Surface/tribology of smart materials
  • Smart materials energy
  • Tribology of friction pairs bearings
  • Tribological design of smart materials
  • Biotribology of smart materials
  • Advances in surface/tribology in smart materials coating surface and technology
  • Corrosion resistant of smart materials
  • Biolubricant of smart materials
  • Friction and wear modeling
  • Surface modeling of smart materials

Authors can submit their manuscripts through the Manuscript Tracking System at

Submission DeadlineFriday, 19 October 2018
Publication DateMarch 2019

Papers are published upon acceptance, regardless of the Special Issue publication date.

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