Materials Engineering Research <p><a title="Registered Journal" href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="journalreviewercredits" src="/journal/public/site/images/jasongong/Logo_ReviewerCredits-journal.jpg" alt="ReviewerCredits" align="right"></a><strong>Materials Engineering Research&nbsp;</strong> (ISSN: 2630-4503) is an open access, continuously published, international, refereed&nbsp; journal in material field, publishing material science method, technology, and characterization, relevant to material engineering, as broadly defined.</p> <p>Topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following:<br>• Material synthesis and processing<br>• Material Structure<br>• Material Crystallography<br>• Material Properties<br>• Material Application<br>• New Materials <br>• Emerging technologies in material engineering</p> en-US <p>Authors contributing to&nbsp;<em>Materials Engineering Research</em>&nbsp;agree to publish their articles under the&nbsp;<a href="">Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 International License</a>, allowing third parties to share their work (copy, distribute, transmit) and to adapt it, under the condition that the authors are given credit, that the work is not used for commercial purposes, and that in the event of reuse or distribution, the terms of this license are made clear.</p> (Snowy Wang) (Alan Tan) Thu, 21 Mar 2024 11:53:45 +0800 OJS 60 Enhancement of the mechanical properties of sawdust briquette using mung beans waste <p>This research was undertaken to enhance the efficiency of sawdust briquette using mung beans waste. Mung beans waste (MB) was blended with sawdust briquette to investigate the effect on the mechanical properties (hardness, porosity index, durability, compressive strength, bulk density and mass). Prior to the blending of the sawdust and mung beans waste, proximate analyses (moisture content, fixed carbon, ash content, volatile matter content and calorific value) were carried out on the mung beans waste and the sawdust to ascertain their suitability for biofuel production. The analyses were carried out using standard methods. The briquettes were produced at different sawdust to biomass ratios (100%:0%, 70%: 30%, 50%:50%, 30%:70% and 0%:100%) using cassava starch binder. The result of the analysis shows that the moisture content was 7.1796±0.00% for mung beans waste and 31.479±0.00 for the sawdust. Ash content was 8.25±0.002% for mung beans waste and 1.070±0.001% for the sawdust. The volatile matter was 16.610±0.01%) for sawdust and 22.976±0.00% for mung beans waste.The fixed carbon content of the sawdust was (50.841±0.00%) and 61.57±0.00% for mung beans waste.The calorific value was 18.60MJ/kg for mung beans waste and 20.30MJ/kg for the sawdust. The mass of the briquette increased with an increase in biomass load, ranging from 44.1±0.01 (70% sawdust and 30% biomass) to 61.1±0.90 (100% biomass). The bulk density of the sawdust briquette increased with increase in biomass load ranging from 0.234±0.00 g/m<sup>3</sup> (70% sawdust+ 30% biomass) to 0.421±0.007 g/m<sup>3 </sup>(100% biomass). Hardness of the sawdust briquette increased with increased in biomass load with value ranging from 366±0.57 (70% sawdust + 30% MB) to 394±0.00 (100% MB). The porosity of the briquette decreased with increased in biomass load ranging from 0.20±0.01 (100% MB) to 0.97±0.01 (30% MB + 70% sawdust). The durability of the briquettes decreased with increase in biomass load ranging from 0.89±0.00 (70% sawdust + 30% biomass) to 0.79±0.01 (100% biomass). The compressive strength of the briquettes increased from 70% sawdust + 30% biomass (2.78±0.01 N/mm<sup>2</sup>) to 30% sawdust + 70% biomass (3.42±0.38 N/mm<sup>2</sup>) before decreasing at 100% biomass (2.44±0.02 N/mm<sup>2</sup>). It can be concluded that Mung beans waste can effectively enhance the efficiency of sawdust briquettes by improving the mechanical properties.</p> Chinyere E. Umeocho, Kingsley C. Ezejiegu, Chinyere Q. Ujabike, Theresa U. Onuegbu, Victor C. Eze Copyright (c) 2024 Chinyere E. Umeocho, Kingsley C. Ezejiegu, Chinyere Q. Ujabike, Theresa U. Onuegbu, Victor C. Eze Thu, 27 Jun 2024 14:41:42 +0800 Numerical simulation of composite materials with sisal and glass fibers for ballistic impact resistance <p>Body armor is critical to mitigating penetrating injuries and saving soldiers' lives. However, ballistic impacts to body armor can cause back deformation (BFD), posing a serious threat of fatal injury on the battlefield. The study performs finite element modeling to evaluate the protection of body armor panels. The numerical simulations consider various parameters, including impact velocities, and angles of projectile impact, which are used to estimate the residual velocity and damage patterns of the composite laminate. The simulations are carried out using the LS-DYNA code based on finite element analysis. The main results of the research reveal crucial insights into the ballistic behavior of composite materials with sisal and glass fibers. The study identifies specific responses, damage development patterns, and comparative analyses between sisal and fiberglass composites. The results have practical implications for the development of advanced materials to improve ballistic protection.</p> Tibebu Meride Zelelew, Addisu Negashe Ali, Getenet Ayele, Geta Kidamemariam, Ermias Gebrekidan Koricho Copyright (c) 2024 Tibebu Meride Zelelew, Addisu Negashe Ali, Getenet Ayele, Geta Kidamemariam, Ermias Gebrekidan Koricho Thu, 20 Jun 2024 09:21:07 +0800 Corrosion of austenitic Fe-Ni based alloys with various chromium and aluminum additions in a carburizing-oxidizing atmosphere at 800ᐤC <p>The corrosion behaviors of Fe-19Ni-13/21Cr-<em>x</em>Al (<em>x</em> = 0, 2, 6 at. %) alloys in a carburizing-oxidizing atmosphere were compared with those in a purely carburizing atmosphere at 800<sup>o</sup>C. For alloys with 13 at. % Cr, 2 at. % addition of Al did not improve the corrosion resistance effectively but induced a slightly increase of the total mass gain. 6 at. % addition of Al produced a large decrease of the total mass gain, therefore the corrosion resistance was improved significantly. For alloys with 21 at. % Cr, additions of Al did not affect the total mass gain obviously. Fe-19Ni-21Cr-<em>x</em>Al (<em>x</em> = 0, 2, 6 at. %) showed similar mass gain. Increase of Cr content from 13 at. % to 21 at. % is effective for protecting the alloys from the carbon attack for Al-free alloys and alloys with 2 at. % Al. However, addition of Cr is not so helpful for alloys with 6 at. % Al. The addition of oxygen improved the corrosion resistance of all alloys significantly except the Fe-19Ni-13Cr-6Al. Pure external chromia scales on alloys without Al and with 2 at. % Al could not suppress the inward diffusion of the carbon atoms. Aluminum and chromium worked together to form mixed oxide scales inhibiting the carbon attack totally on alloys with 6 at.% Al.</p> Shu Liu, Yong Zhu, JunJie Cao Copyright (c) 2024 Shu Liu, Yong Zhu, JunJie Cao Wed, 17 Apr 2024 18:01:28 +0800 Hydrocarbon fuels, combustion characteristics & insulating refractories in industrial furnace <p>Liquid fuels like Furnace Oil, Light distillate oil, Diesel &amp; gaseous fuels like PNG (Piped Natural Gas), LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) are predominantly used at present in industrial applications. Single fuel, Dual fuel &amp; Multi-fuel options are available in the market. All these fuels are called hydrocarbon fuel. A loss of drop of oil in every second can waste about 4000 liters in a year. Selection of right type of fuel depends on various factors like availability, storage, handling, Pollution &amp; landed cost of the fuel. These different fuels used for combustion in industrial furnace are discussed herewith. Complete combustion in industrial furnace enhances efficiency, control pollution as well as global warming. Efficient use of fuel leads to complete combustion. This paper deliberates about combustion of fuel and how complete combustion is to be achieved in industrial furnace. Stoichiometric ratio ensures complete combustion. Industrial furnace uses refractories to form a combustion chamber with proper insulation to ensure temperature within the combustion chamber is as per requirement of the job. The outside skin temperature of industrial furnace is about 35ºC to 45ºC from safety point of view. To maintain this temperature difference with minimum wall thickness needs proper refractory selection which must withstand high temperature. The main objective of this research paper is to propose strategies to select the right fuel, proper insulating material to achieve complete combustion &amp; minimum heat losses through the walls of combustion chamber. This will help in making an efficient design and optimize combustion controls to keep heat losses at minimum level.</p> Mahesh Borate, Prashant D. Deshmukh, Arunkumar Shetty Copyright (c) 2024 Mahesh Borate, Prashant D. Deshmukh, Arunkumar Shetty Thu, 21 Mar 2024 11:53:30 +0800 Unveiling molecular secrets: Raman spectroscopy as a versatile tool for advanced analysis and investigation in forensic science and pharmaceuticals <p>The conventional technologies used for identifying, investigating, and analyzing illegal drugs, explosives, and fibers in forensic science often involve destructive methods, preventing re-analysis of evidence. Conversely, a non-destructive approach is crucial for drug characterization, synthesis route development, and identification of counterfeit and adulterated pharmaceuticals. Raman spectroscopy, renowned for its rapid, non-destructive, and cost-effective nature, has emerged as the predominant technique in forensic and pharmaceutical applications. Its inelastic light scattering properties enable drug identification, minimize forensic toxicology and criminalistics, and ensure pharmaceutical product quality. This review explores the analysis of cocaine, RDX, HMX, PETN and TNT in forensic science, where Raman spectroscopy proves invaluable in detecting and quantifying drugs and explosives, deciphering synthesis routes, identifying manufacturing labs, and unveiling trafficking patterns and distribution networks. Additionally, it examines the analysis of acyclovir, ciprofloxacin, and active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) in the pharmaceutical industry, offering insights for quality control, combating counterfeit and adulterated products, and facilitating real-time process monitoring. Despite limitations, recent advances in data analysis techniques position Raman spectroscopy as a versatile and promising tool for sample analysis, investigation, and determination in both forensic science and pharmaceuticals, illuminating the path towards enhanced analytical capabilities in these fields.</p> Md. Dipu Ahmed, Kazi Madina Maraz, Saikot Mazumder Copyright (c) 2023 Md. Dipu Ahmed, Kazi Madina Maraz, Saikot Mazumder Tue, 05 Dec 2023 14:42:20 +0800 Utilization of textile fabric waste as reinforcement for composite materials in car body applications: A review <p>Materials are one of the basic elements or needs for continuing human beings’ life living and they are used for structural and nonstructural, biomedical, thermal, or other applications. In many types of materials, Composite materials are used in different sectors. The increasing need for eco-friendly, low-density, and lightweight product production prompted the development of fiber-reinforced polymer composites for usage in a variety of home items and automobile parts. The automobile manufacturing sectors have recently attempted to manufacture lighter and lighter parts. Shortly, automobiles must be lighter to meet demands for lower fuel usage and fewer CO<sub>2</sub> emissions. On the other side that textile waste is still simply thrown into a landfill in the environment resulting in and causing pollution. So, the objective of this review was to show the ability of these waste materials used as reinforcing material for composite fabrication products like car hoods, Car bumpers, and lightweight automotive parts.&nbsp; also, it tries to explain the roles of lightweight materials for automotive body parts and also the reduction of wastes in the textile industry by recycling and converting them into useable products, making the environment free of pollution. This waste reduction is a current world issue.</p> Melese Shiferaw, Asmamaw Tegegne, Assefa Asmare Copyright (c) 2023 Melese Shiferaw, Asmamaw Tegegne, Assefa Asmare Wed, 08 Nov 2023 16:24:42 +0800 Revolutionizing energy storage: Overcoming challenges and unleashing the potential of next generation Lithium-ion battery technology <p>Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries have become the leading energy storage technology, powering a wide range of applications in today's electrified world. This comprehensive review paper delves into the current challenges and innovative solutions driving the supercharged future of lithium-ion batteries. It scrutinizes the limitations of energy density in existing batteries, exploring advanced electrode materials and designs that promise higher capacity. Safety concerns take center stage, with a focus on cutting-edge thermal management systems and materials. The imperative of sustainable sourcing is addressed, highlighting alternative materials and recycling strategies for a greener supply chain. Transformative breakthroughs, such as solid-state electrolytes and emerging battery chemistries, offer glimpses of the future. The paper also examines the applications and market perspectives of lithium-ion batteries in electric vehicles, portable electronics, and renewable energy storage. It concludes by emphasizing the transformative potential of lithium-ion batteries in accelerating the energy revolution and paving the way for a sustainable energy future.</p> Md. Dipu Ahmed, Kazi Madina Maraz Copyright (c) 2023 Md. Dipu Ahmed, Kazi Madina Maraz Tue, 04 Jul 2023 17:41:06 +0800 Load-induced local phase transformation and modulus of shape memory alloys under spherical indentation by finite element method <p>Shape memory alloys are a unique class of materials that are capable of large reversible deformations under external stimuli such as stress or temperature. The present study examines the phase transformations and mechanical responses of NiTi and NiTiHf shape memory alloys under the loading of a spherical indenter by using a finite element model. It is found that the indentation unloading curves exhibit distinct changes in slopes due to the reversible phase transformations in the SMAs. The normalized contact stiffness (F/S<sup>2</sup>) of the SMAs varies with the indentation load (depth) as opposed to being constant for conventional single-phase materials. The load-induced phase transformation that occurred under the spherical indenter was simulated numerically. It is observed that the phase transformation phenomenon in the SMA induced by an indentation load is distinctly different from that induced by a uniaxial load. A pointed indenter produces a localized deformation, resulting in a stress (load) gradient in the specimen. As a result, the transformation of phases in SMAs induced by an indenter can only be partially completed. The overall modulus of the SMAs varies continuously with the indentation load (depth) as the average volumetric fraction of the martensite phase varies. For NiTi (E<sub>a&nbsp;</sub>&gt; E<sub>m</sub>), the modulus decreases with the depth, while for NiTiHf (E<sub>a&nbsp;</sub>&lt; E<sub>m</sub>), the modulus increases with the depth. The predicted young modules during indentation modeling agree well with experimental results. Finally, the phase transformation of the SMAs under the indenter is not affected by the post-yield behavior of the materials.</p> Sayed Ehsan Saghaian, Y. C. Lu, Sayed M. Saghaian, Haluk E. Karaca Copyright (c) 2023 Sayed Ehsan Saghaian, Y. C. Lu, Sayed M. Saghaian, Haluk E. Karaca Wed, 14 Jun 2023 10:43:25 +0800 Polymer electrolyte design strategies for high-performance and safe lithium-ion batteries: Recent developments and future prospects <p>Although lithium-ion batteries have gained widespread use in high-performance and mobile industries, concerns about their safety due to the low boiling point of their organic liquid electrolyte have posed challenges to their further development. In response, solid polymer electrolytes have emerged as a promising alternative, characterized by low flammability, flexibility, and high safety relative to liquid electrolytes. However, commercialization has been hindered by limitations in Li-ion conductivity and mechanical properties. Recent research efforts have focused on addressing these limitations to improve the performance and safety of polymer-based Li-ion batteries. This review discusses the utilization of polymer materials to enhance battery safety and overcome previous challenges, with a particular emphasis on the design of robust artificial interfaces to increase battery stability. Furthermore, we discuss the prospects for the future of polymer-based battery industries.</p> Md. Dipu Ahmed, Kazi Madina Maraz Copyright (c) 2023 Dipu Ahmed, Kazi Madina Maraz Fri, 19 May 2023 18:33:13 +0800 Residual properties of silicone (MED-4719) lead with leads from retrieved devices <p>Leads are designed for in vivo applications, however, for a definite period of time. In-vivo environment affects the mechanical behavior of implantable devices, therefore, there is a need to evaluate the residual properties of implantable leads used with pacemakers, defibrillator and neuro-stimulators. Silicone (MED-4719) lead is widely used in cardiac implantable electronic devices made by different manufacturers. . We collected 150 devices (with or without leads) from Anatomical Gift Program of the Wright State University. The objective of this study was to investigate the residual properties of Silicone (MED-4719) lead with different in vivo exposure time and compare the properties of a new, unused lead supplied by Medtronic for the purposes of this research. The tensile test was performed by applying specific load on the samples, percentage elongation at 5N and the corresponding displacement measured. Load to failure, percentage elongation, ultimate tensile strength, and modulus of elasticity were determined for each lead. Methods to collect and compile data were standardized, and statistical models were used to assess the sensitivity of measured parameters with <em>in vivo</em> performance. Load to failure, elongation to failure, ultimate tensile strength, and percentage elongation at 5N showed a significant decrease after 94 months (<em>P = 0.0063</em>), 8 months (<em>P = 0.0136</em>), 94 months (<em>P = 0.0244</em>) and 71 months (<em>P-value&nbsp;</em><em>= 0.0326</em>) after implantation, respectively. On the other hand, modulus of elasticity was found proportional to the number of months device was exposed and showed significant increase after 71 months (<em>P = 0.0446</em>) of in-vivo environment.</p> Anmar Salih, Tarun Goswami Copyright (c) 2022 Anmar Salih, Tarun Goswami Tue, 08 Nov 2022 15:44:22 +0800