Congratulations to Kris Matheson for successfully defending his M.S. thesis, entitled "Three-Dimensional Characterization and Modeling of Open-Cell Aluminum Foams Based on X-ray Computed Tomography"!
UCL (Czabaj), in collaboration with Michigan Technological University (Odegard), Florida State University (Liang), and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Hart), will lead a new 5-year $15M NASA Space Technology Research Institute (STRI) to design transformative composite systems for deep space exploration. The Institute for Ultra-Strong Composites by Computational Design (US-COMP) is a multidisciplinary team of 22 faculty members, two industry partners, and researchers from the Air Force Research Laboratory. The official NASA press release can be found here.
Utah Composites Laboratory (Czabaj, Adams) receives a $559K grant from the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory to assess the suitability of finite-element based progressive-damage simulation tools for prediction of damage evolution in composite scarf repairs.
UCL attends the 2016 American Society for Composites (ASC) Conference in Williamsburg, VA. The ASC Conference was organized by the Barry Davidson (Syracuse University), James Ratcliffe (NASA Langley), and Mike Czabaj (University of Utah, UCL). More information on the conference can be found here.
French, Arndt, Czabaj, Ratcliffe (NASA), Young, and Creveling
Congratulations to Caitlin Arndt, Peter Creveling, Jordan French, Jason Hamburg, and Devin Young for passing the ME PhD qualifying exam!
Spear, Czabaj, and Fletcher have been awarded a four-year grant from the NSF for $952K to study open cell metallic foams. The University team, led by Spear, will partner with a firm that socializes in manufacturing of such foams. The grant is jointly funded by two NSF programs, Designing Materials to Revolutionize and Engineer our Future (DMREF) and Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry (GOALI), and is entitled “DMREF/GOALI: Novel 3D Experiments, Simulations, and Optimization for Accelerated Design of Metallic Foams”
ABOUT: The Utah Composites Laboratory (UCL) is co-directed by Drs. Adams and Czabaj. UCL conducts research in the broad area of experimental and computational mechanics of composite materials and structures. Specific areas of interest include damage resistance and tolerance of composite structures, mechanical property characterization of composite materials, fracture mechanics, micromechanics, and non-destructive characterization of damage and failure.
SPECTRUM OF OUR RESEARCH EFFORTS:
2018 Michael Czabaj (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Department of Mechanical Engineering