Protection Materials Research Showcased by HEMI Fellows at MEDE Fall Meeting

Oct 25, 2019 | No Comments | By Michelle Pagano

The Materials in Extreme Dynamic Environments Collaborative Research Alliance (MEDE CRA) conducted its Fall Meeting on October 17th, 2019. As lead research organization of the CRA, Johns Hopkins University hosts and staffs the event. Fourteen HEMI Fellows are part of the MEDE CRA.

The MEDE Fall Meeting is an annual, closed event that brings the entire MEDE CRA together for program overviews, collaborative activities, and discussion. In 2019, the event was attended by 120 individuals including special guests from the United Kingdom’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory; the U.S. Army CCDC Soldier Center; the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Command; Office of Naval Research and the National Ground Intelligence Center. Professor K.T. Ramesh (JHU) and Dr. Sikhanda Satapathy (CCDC ARL) led the meeting, which focused on technical collaboration across the alliance and program planning for the upcoming year. Research accomplishments for new protection materials as well as new computational design codes and tools for armor applications were showcased through presentations and posters.

The meeting also provided the opportunity to thank Dr. John Beatty, former MEDE cooperative agreement manager, who retired recently. The group presented Beatty with an official note from the CCDC ARL’s Director of the Weapons and Materials Research Directorate and a letter of recognition from Dean Ed Schlesinger of the Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering.

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.

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