Last week I attended the ceramics summer meeting, which increases my understanding of the boron carbide material. I clarified my part of task in the whole project. Also, I talked to people from ARL and found that we shared a lot common research interests. Future cooperation will be continue after this.
Reading papers and will give a presentation on group meeting.
My summer plan is ultimately doing one or two PSPI on granular boron carbide. I am on my way to setup the experiments. I have tested the 600lp/mm grating and fixed the autocollimator. I gave the machineshop a deadline of next Tuesday to return all my parts. Powders from ARL will also arrive around that time and I can really start the experiment. I will do 2 PSPI tests before my fall term start.
Did the drop tower training with Matt. Have a basic idea of how the drop tower working and how to setup the camera with the machine. The drop tower itself if a good way of testing granular material.
Reading some literature on granular flow. There are some papers on granular fabric tensor to describe the contact between grains in a micro mechanical way. This is a general direction for my theoretical modeling.
Did some slides for presentation on ceramic meeting on Thursday.