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Mechanics of materials and solid mechanics

Edited by Joseph N. Grima

Scope: This section covers the broad spectrum of research on the mechanics of natural and technological materials and structures, including multiscale, multifunctional, multiphasic studies and dynamical interactions. Theoretical, computational and experimental approaches that dwell on the relationship between structure and thermo/mechanical properties, as well as the interaction with other media, including fracture, fatigue, adhesion, solid mechanics, friction, tribology and thermal effects in solids are considered. Of particular interest are studies that focus on the mechanics of metamaterials and smart structures.


Fluid mechanics

Edited by Hyung Jin Sung

Scope: This section offers broad coverage of the entire field of fluid mechanics including theoretical, computational and experimental studies that contribute towards the understanding and application of fluid phenomena to a broad range of industries. Articles that dwell on multi-phase flows, new approaches to the description of turbulent flows, non-Newtonian fluids, rheology, incompressible and compressible fluids, plasma flow, biofluids, interfacial flow, microfluidics, control of fluid flow and waves are encouraged.


Heat transfer, thermodynamics and energy systems

Edited by Ezio Mancaruso

Scope: This section publishes analytical, numerical, and experimental articles in the broad area of heat-mass transfer phenomena, thermodynamics and energy systems. Studies on multiple modes of heat transfer, classical thermodynamics and extended non-equilibrium thermodynamics, measurement of thermophysical properties, thermal component and system design and optimization, combustion science, fuel science, cryogenics as well as heat transfer in a broad range of emerging technologies are considered. Green and sustainable energy approaches are highly encouraged.


Biomechanical engineering

Edited by John H. Challis

Scope: This section considers theoretical, computational, experimental, and multidisciplinary studies on the interface of mechanical engineering and human health, movement and rehabilitation. It encompasses all scales of observation, from cell to whole organism.  Articles that dwell on new and innovative data processing methods, body-device interaction, and integrative approaches are strongly encouraged.

Design, manufacturing and processes

Edited by Yongsheng Ma

Scope: This section considers studies on all aspects of engineering design, manufacturing and associated processes, applied across a broad range of industries. Articles that focus on the better utilization of raw materials and energy, the integration of design and manufacturing processes, the introduction of new processes and techniques as well as the efficiency and controllability of processes are encouraged. Of particular interest are studies on green and sustainable design and manufacturing, AI as well as digital and computer-aided manufacturing and automation.

Mechatronics and automation

Edited by Peter Hehenberger

Scope: This section covers the synergistic integration of diverse disciplines across mechanical engineering, electrical and electronic engineering, information technology and systems thinking, towards the design of components and overall systems, e.g. machines and their related production processes. It considers research works that bridge the gap between theory, computation and practice, including topics on robotics and advanced mechanisms, systems modelling, sensing and control, autonomous and complex systems, instrumentation and more. In accordance with current trends (e.g. Industry 4.0, Cyber Physical Systems CPS, Advanced Manufacturing, Digital Factory), the mechatronic systems themselves are undergoing mutations. State of the art approaches including AI and machine learning based systems, as well as emerging technologies for real world applications are encouraged.

Ground vehicle and transportation systems

Edited by Limin Jia

Scope: This section encompasses all aspects of the design, manufacturing, operation and systemic integration of automobile and other transportation systems. It considers studies on engine and vehicle design and engineering, energy efficiency, transportation systems and networks, traffic modelling, transport safety and many more. Sustainable hybrid and electric systems, autonomous and connected vehicles, as well as new and emerging technologies in the field of transportation are highly encouraged.

Vibration, dynamical systems and control engineering

Edited by Antonina Pirrotta

Scope: This section considers all aspects of vibration phenomena, dynamical systems design and testing and their associated control. Original papers reporting the theory, modelling and application of linear and nonlinear dynamical systems and their local or global stability, new numerical and experimental methods, new dynamic phenomena, active noise and vibration control methods, monitoring of vibrations, vibration environment protection as well as optimisation techniques are in scope. Studies that focus on the application to real-world problems are highly encouraged.