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Fabrication of Advanced Materials for Space Applications Missouri University of Science & Technology/NASA Langley Research Center, Aeronautics Research & Space Technology Mission Directorates

Dr. Frank Liou, Science PI, University Of Missouri, Rolla

Dr. William J. Seufzer, NASA Technical Monitor

Above: View of equipment in Laser Aided Manufacturing Process Laboratory at Missouri Science & Technology; NASA EPSCoR; fabrication of advanced materials for space applications. Left: Microstructures of deposits in materials of interest. The NASA EPSCoR-supported work has enabled the characterization of functionally gradient materials (of significant interest for space-based applications) and specifically has enabled improvements in fabrication utilizing these materials.

This NASA ESPCoR project focuses on the development of improvements in fabrication of advanced materials for space application, with specific focus on developing four types of Functionally Gradient Materials (FGM): Ti-6Al-4V/SS316, Cu/Ni, Ti-6Al-4V/TiB, and Ti-6Al-4V/ TiC, all of great interest for space applications to NASA and the space industry. This project has brought together a direct laser deposition expert (Frank Liou), a material scientist (Joe Newkrik), manufacturing system integrator (Todd Sparks), electron beam deposition expert (Karen Taminger) from NASA Langley, and computation and modeling expert (William Seufzer) from NASA Langley in this collaboration. In terms of technology transfer and industrial collaborations, the Boeing Company has provided in conjunction with the NASA funds significant funds to

conduct Boeing-related FGM research at Missouri S&T. This grant is allowing major improvements in research infrastructure at Missouri University of Science and Technology (S&T). At Missouri S&T, researchers have successfully enhanced metal deposition systems for functionally gradient materials (FGMs). Some of the successful FGM depositions are providing the basis for further advances in space material fabrication and applications. This project has developed techniques for and enabled the successful deposition and grading of advanced materials; including the integration of Ti64 and SS316. These two advanced materials are known to be impossible to integrate in a structure using conventional additive manufacturing processes. This work has demonstrated a general approach which should be useful to many distinct materials. NASA EPSCoR Stimuli 2014-15



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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