Call for Papers: Special Issue on "Structural Integrity of Additively Manufactured Materials – Developments in Damage, Fracture, Fatigue and Failure Assessments" (S.I. AM-Materials)

Guest Editor: Professor Raj Das, RMIT University, Australia, e-mail:

Additive manufacturing (AM) or 3D printing has developed into an effective method for fabricating unique and complex geometries beyond what is possible with more traditional manufacturing. This has resulted in significant interest in all areas of engineering. However, the use of AM in safety-critical applications is still limited due to incomplete understanding of failure mechanisms of AM-built materials, sensitivity to process-induced defects and in-service damage. However, fracture and fatigue behaviour associated with additive manufacturing is more complex than that with conventional fabrication techniques because of numerous influencing factors such as defects, microstructures and anisotropy. Each combination of AM method and material introduces unique defects and damage mechanisms into the product, making prediction of fracture or other failure modes complex. To obtain the real potential benefits of additive manufacturing technology in critical load bearing applications, such as aerospace, automotive, marine and other industries, the facture and fatigue performance additively manufactured materials must be understood under potential different loading conditions. In this context, this special issue aims to collect articles focusing on contemporary developments on the characterization of defects, damage, and failure analysis for the category of additively manufactured materials.

Topics of interest include:

1. Types and characteristics of defects in AM metal alloys

2. Modelling of defects, damage, and cracks in AM metal alloys 

3. Fracture mechanisms in AM metal alloys

4. Fatigue behaviour in AM Metal Alloys

5. Crack growth properties and laws in AM Metal Alloys

6. Effect of process parameters (including build direction) and defects (including porosity/voids/lack of fusion defects) on fracture and fatigue properties in AM Metal Alloys.

How to submit your article
Authors who wish to submit a manuscript addressing these topics to this special volume are requested to send an abstract to Professor Das (e-mail: Full manuscripts are due by June 30, 2021.

All submissions must be original and may not be under review by another publisher. Interested authors should consult the journal’s “Submission Guidelines” at

Articles should be submitted through Editorial Manager:

The special issue is created as submission questionnaire in the system. When you submit your paper you will be asked if your paper belongs to a special issue. If you answer yes, a pull down menu prompts up where you can select: “S.I. AM-Materials". 
All submitted papers will be reviewed soon as they are received. Accepted papers are published Online First until the complete Special Issue is published.