Materials and Manufacturing

  • Near Net Shape Manufacturing (Squeeze Casting, Thixoforming)
  • Formability of Sheet Metals
  • Microwave Sintering of Ceramics
  • Processing and Properties of Metal Matrix Composites and Metallic Foams
  • Processing and Properties of Polymer Matrix Composites
  • Shape Memory Alloys
  • Materials for Biomedical Applications (Hydroxyapatite, Ti)
  • Modification of Surface Properties Through Coating
  • Experimental and computational micromechanics
  • Neutron/x-ray diffraction for exploring internal strains
  • Residual stress measurement with the slitting method
  • Metallic glasses
  • Alloy design: superalloys for jet engines, magnesium for light-weight structures.
  • Solidification and single crystal growth of semiconductors, superalloys, intermetallics, oxides, diamond, etc.
  • Laser materials processing: powder additive manufacturing, cladding, welding, brazing.
  • Physical and mechanical metallurgy of materials: Microstructure formation via solid-solid or melt-solid transformations; Microstructure-property relations; Mechanical (tensile, creep, fatigue) and thermal expansion properties.
  • Material characterization: Light microscopy; Electron microscopy (SEM, TEM); X-ray techniques; Auger, XPS, EDS, WDS, EPMA, 4-point probe, optical and stylus profilometer, etc.
  • Wind Energy Applications, design, analysis and manufacturing of composite wind turbine blades
  • Manufacturing and mechanical properties of nanocomposites, filled and reinforced engineering plastics and rubber.
  • Characterization of plastic materials (cure kinetics and crystallization using DSC, DTMA) for process modeling.
  • Processing of advanced fiber reinforced composites and nanocomposites
  • Modeling and Measurement of Residual Stresses
  • Finite element modeling of thermoplastic and thermoset composites processing including heat transfer, crystallization/curing, material response, shrinkage, residual stress development and warpage
  • Fatigue and fracture of metallic materials
  • Elastic-plastic modeling of cyclic loading in metals.
  • Road simulation testing of automotive components and substructures
  • Grain Growth and Microstructure Evolution
  • Connectivity of Grain Boundary Networks
  • Representation and Manipulation of Texture Information
  • Statistical Topology of Configuration Spaces
  • Composites design and manufacturing
  • Structural optimization
  • Modeling and optimization of manufacturing processes
  • Analysis of structures by finite elements