The field of Materials Science is probably the most
multidisciplinary among the scientific and engineering fields. It
relates to the study of matter, and the interactions between the
atomic, nano-, micro-, and meso- scales. The focus of this special
issue of DCDS-B is the modeling, analysis, and simulations of
complex systems in Materials Science. In this special issue we
present a collection of articles covering a wide range of topics,
including ferromagnetism, liquid crystals, electro-kinetic
hydrodynamics, and mass transport, among others. The articles have
undergone a rigorous peer review process.
Understanding processes such as
crack propagation and fracture, or solid state phase
transformations is fundamental in the manufacture of new
metallic alloys, designed for specific applications. In many
cases, this involves relating the desired
properties of a material, to the structure of the atoms and phases in
that material. Advances in this
area are presented in the papers of Alikakos, Bates, Cahn, Fife,
Fusco, and Tanoglu, and in the paper of Yu and Du.
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