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Advances in Friction Welding

Call for Papers

Friction welding (FW) is the collective term for a series of friction-based solid state joining processes, such as friction stir welding, linear friction welding, inertia friction welding, continuous-drive friction welding, friction stir spot welding, and friction plug welding, as well as friction stir processing, friction surfacing, and so forth. During FW the frictional heat generated from the relative movement of workpieces is used to soften the mating-interface material, and at some time when the material has been softened sufficiently, an external force is applied to form a coalesced joint. These techniques have considerable advantages over conventional arc and beam welding methods, such as (i) eliminating solidification-related defects, (ii) producing a wrought instead of cast structure, (iii) exhibiting less distortion, (iv) limited energy requirements, and (v) high ecocompatibility. Therefore, FW has received increasing attention in many industrial fields in the last two decades, such as aerospace, automotive, railway, naval engineering, and nuclear industry.

We invite authors to submit original research articles and review articles that will stimulate the continuing efforts to understand the nature of the FW process and the formation mechanism of joints, to develop the theoretical principles, and so on. We are especially interested in articles exploring or introducing a new approach to investigate FW and describing new insights into FW. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Friction Welding process modeling and simulation
  • Microstructure and mechanical properties
  • Design, analysis, and fabrication of welded structures
  • Failure analysis
  • Material constitutive model
  • Frictional behavior at the interface

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal’s Author Guidelines, which are located at Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at according to the following timetable:

Manuscript DueFriday, 7 March 2014
First Round of ReviewsFriday, 30 May 2014
Publication DateFriday, 25 July 2014

Lead Guest Editor

  • Wenya Li, Shaanxi Key Laboratory of Friction Welding Technologies, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi’an, Shaanxi 710072, China

Guest Editors

  • Achilleas Vairis, Department of Mechanical Engineering, School of Technology, TEI of Crete, P.O. Box 1939, Estavromenos, 71004 Heraklion, Greece
  • Mark Ward, School of Metallurgy and Materials, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK