Oct 19, 2015 | No Comments | By Michelle Pagano
The Materials in Extreme Dynamic Environments Collaborative Research Alliance (MEDE CRA) conducted its annual Fall Meeting on October 15-16, 2015. Below are a few highlights from the event:
- 155 members of the MEDE CRA attended, including principal investigators from all 14 consortium institutions (the lead research organization being Johns Hopkins University) and researchers from the Army Research Laboratory (ARL). Special guests from the United Kingdom’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, Army Research Office, and Office of Naval Research participated in the meeting as well.
- Professor K.T. Ramesh (Johns Hopkins University) and Dr. John Beatty (ARL) led the meeting, which focused on technical collaboration across the MEDE CRA, program planning for the next two years, and preparation for the upcoming ARL Research Management Board. Additionally, the meeting included a scientific collaboration session that comprised of 65 research posters and four technical panel discussions.
The MEDE CRA is an integral part of ARL’s Enterprise for Multiscale Research of Materials. The objective of the MEDE CRA is to develop the capability to design, optimize, and fabricate material systems exhibiting revolutionary performance in extreme dynamic environments. The approach is to realize a mechanism-based, “materials-by-design” capability that focuses on advancing the fundamental understanding of materials in relevant high-strain-rate and high-stress regimes. Model materials in the areas of metals, ceramics, composites and polymers are being investigated to improve protection for soldiers and vehicles.