(June 25, 2018) Associate Professor Dr. Zhenyu “James” Kong has been selected to participate in a U.S. Navy Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) award as part of a multi-university research team sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR).
According to the ONR, the award will total approximately $1.5 million per year for three years, with the possibility to extend to five years. A team of six universities including the University of Tennessee-Knoxville (team lead), the Colorado School of Mines, Iowa State University, Ohio State University, the University of California-Santa Barbara, and Virginia Tech will work on properties, defects, and instabilities in additive manufactured alloys, which is an area of great importance to the Navy.
The project is titled “Rationalization of Liquid/Solid and Solid/Solid Interphase Instabilities During Thermal-Mechanical Transients of Metal Additive Manufacturing,” and it will bring world-class expertise together in processing, materials science, and computational modeling, as well as in-situ and ex-situ characterization at different length and time scales. Dr. Kong, the director of the Smart Manufacturing Analytics Research and Technology (SMART) Laboratory in ISE, and a member of the Advanced Manufacturing Team (AMT) at Virginia Tech, will bring his expertise in in-situ process monitoring and control, and sensor-based computational modeling for additive manufacturing. Kong and his research group will focus on developing methodologies for correlative measurement of temperature and displacements at sufficient spatial and temporal resolution. They will also work to develop a good field of view that defines thermomechanical conditions by integrating process physics model with in-situ and ex-situ measurement data. He plans to recruit three graduate and two undergraduate students for conducting experiments, metrology, and data analyses on this project.
The Army Research Office, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and Office of Naval Research received 436 initial proposals. Along with the Department of Defense, those agencies narrowed the proposals down to 24 (one for each for the two dozen topic areas) and awarded a total of $169 million to those 24 projects.