CMPD provides a collaborative research environment. Members play a crucial role in determining which research topics are pursued and which data will be most valuable to them.
- Research projects are industry member-driven.
- Members submit and vote on projects undertaken by the Center.
- Members have royalty-free IP rights to pre-competitive research.
- Members have the option of paying to sponsor proprietary projects through the Center.
- Research and results are shared with members at bi-annual workshop meetings.
- Training on research technology is available to all members.
- Materials performance
- Non-equilibrium phase transformations
- Advanced metal manufacturing methods and modeling
- Computational thermodynamic and kinetic modeling
- Powder metallurgy: modeling and characterization
- Additive Manufacturing Methods
- Data Mining and Machine Learning
Current research projects
Research projects will include the generation and verification of transient materials properties to be used in validated process models.
Pilot Project: Temperature Dependent Material Flow and Thermophysical Behavior
Abstract: There are limited data for material flow and thermophysical behavior of alloys as a function of temperature, strain rate, composition, and prior microstructure (processing). Some data are available through the Atlas of Formability generated by Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC) through a project developed under the National Center for the Excellence in Metalworking Technology program in the mid-1990s. However, these data are not in digital or tabulated format, and some processing condition information is limited or not available.
This project will generate and verify materials data related to temperature-dependent material flow behavior for engineering alloy compositions. These data can be used to establish mathematical relationships that describe materials behavior as a function of processing parameters. Such equations are useful for process design and optimization, ICME modeling, uncertainty quantification, and new material innovation. The project will include three foci: (1) experiment and characterization of materials carried out by UConn; (2) analysis of published data and compilation of relevant materials data carried out by UB; and (3) process modelling comparison of published and new materials data carried out by WPI.
Possible future projects:
- Forging behavior of aerospace alloys
- Viscosity variation during precision casting
- Deformation-induced phase transformations