A Colorado School of Mines associate professor will be studying the properties, defects and instabilities in metallic alloys produced via additive manufacturing in a project funded by the Office of Naval Research’s Multidisciplinary University Research Initiatives Program.
Amy J. Clarke, associate professor of metallurgical and materials engineering, joins a team that includes researchers from Iowa State University, University of California Santa Barbara and Virginia Tech and is led by the University of Tennessee’s Suresh Babu. An Australian team, with scientists from the University of Sydney and University of New South Wales, is also working on the project.
The award is for about $1.5 million over three years, with the possibility of a two-year extension. Mines’ share could total up to $1.25 million over the duration of the project.
The team will examine the physical processes that impact additively manufactured metallic alloy parts, such as solidification and solid-state phase conditions under highly transient conditions.
At Mines, Clarke will lead an effort focused on the multiscale characterization of phase transitions and microstructural evolution. This work will include the use of novel tools and unique probes available at national user facilities and in the laboratory to watch phase transitions in real-time.
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