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Wyoming Research Infrastructure Development

Students gain an overall knowledge of all of the different areas that comprise materials science through courses co-taught by faculty from several departments. There is wide acceptance of the MSEP program by departments across campus and by the UW administration. Several of the Materials Science faculty, Jinke Tang, Carl Frick, Jonathan Brant, and ChungSouk Han, have all developed collaborations with other academic institutions, agencies, and industry.

Carl Frick was funded in FY2014 by Wyoming NASA EPSCoR and this support resulted in a manuscript submitted to Applied Physics Letters, a significant portion of the dissertation of PhD student Oscar Torrents, preliminary results for an NSF proposal to be submitted to Metals and Metallic Nanostructures (MMN) Program, and educational outreach related to materials science research through the Engineering Summer Institute for high school students at UW. Over the last several decades, a substantial amount of research has been performed on B2 intermetallics, in large part because of their relatively large stiffness and strength which remains stable at



NASA EPSCoR Stimuli 2014 -15

elevated temperatures. They have been proposed for a wide range of aeronautical applications including turbine blades, high-temperature coatings, and converging-diverging nozzles. Unfortunately, very few of these applications have been realized because of the extremely brittle nature of most high strength B2 intermetallics. Recently, an emerging group of newly developed B2 intermetallics exhibit relatively large ductility. To date, no widely-accepted theory has been developed to explain their behavior. The purpose of this proposed research was to investigate the microstructural mechanisms responsible for the ductility in these emerging B2 intermetallics. Instead of relying on involved

EPSCoR Stimuli 2014-15  

NASA Office of Education’s Aerospace Research & Career Development (ARCD) is pleased to release NASA EPSCoR Stimuli, a collection of univers...

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