Processing by severe plastic deformation: historical developments and current impact

Langdon, Terence G. (2010) Processing by severe plastic deformation: historical developments and current impact. [in special issue: Nanomaterials by Severe Plastic Deformation: NanoSPD5] Materials Science Forum, 667-669, 9- 14. (doi:10.4028/


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It is well established that processing through the application of severe plastic deformation (SPD) provides opportunities for achieving exceptional grain refinement to the submicrometer or even the nanometer level. This paper provides a brief summary of the developments in SPD processing from the earliest days in ancient China to research at the present time. It is shown that SPD research and bulk nanostructured materials have had a significant impact on the field of Materials Science. Using citation data and examining the publication records for five major journals, the analysis shows research in these areas accounts for a large fraction of the top ten all-time most cited papers in these journals.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.4028/
ISSNs: 0255-5476 (print)
1422-6375 (electronic)
Keywords: bai-lian steel, citation analysis, damascus steel, scientific impact
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
T Technology > TC Hydraulic engineering. Ocean engineering
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Engineering Sciences > Engineering Materials & Surface Engineering
ePrint ID: 170923
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
December 2010Made publicly available
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2011 15:36
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:31

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