Three HEMI Fellows to Receive Funding from AFOSR, Nalas, and Akita

Mar 12, 2018 | No Comments | By Michelle Pagano

HEMI Fellows, Prof. Tim Weihs, Prof. Jaafar El-Awady, and Prof. Sung Hoon Kang have been chosen as the recipients of four grants to continue their on-going research.

Prof. Tim Weihs will receive funding for two projects. Nalas will sponsor “Fundamental Studies Relating to Dynamic Indentation in Glass.” This Phase 2 project will further develop and scale a manufacturing process for the production of 5 quantities of HI3O8 with a particle size of approximately 2 μm and other sizes as desired by the sponsor. This project addresses the need to develop manufacturing processes and build a production capability for the manufacture of HI3O8 – a halogen-containing chemical reagent for use in biocidal thermite mixtures. The project has been awarded funds between September 2017 and September 2019.

Akita will sponsor Prof. Weih’s “Encapsulated H1308 Microparticles Phase 2” by providing funds between September 2017 and September 2019. This project will  characterize the combustion characteristics of
loose mixtures of oxide and fuel particles in air using a small crucible test.

Prof. Jaafar El-Awady will receive funds from The Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) for his project, “The nature of Quasi-periodic Avalanche Bursts During Different Stages of the Fatigue Life of Metals.” This project is centered on quantifying the quasi-periodic avalanche bursts during the early stages of slip localization, the cyclic saturation stage, and at the onset of crack initiation in fatigued Ni and Ni-base superalloys. The AFOSR will provide funds between December 2017 and December 2020.

AFOSR is also supporting Prof. Sung Hoon Kang’s work, as they will provide funds between January 2018 and January 2021 for the project, “Bio-Inspired Synthesis of Multifunctional Materials with Self-Adaptable mechanical properties and self regeneration.” The objective of the proposed research is to identify synthetic pathways for making multifunctional materials with self-adaptable mechanical properties and self-regeneration. We are inspired by findings that bones are formed by mineralization of ions from blood onto porous scaffolds and they have mechanisms to control the mineralization process for changing their microstructures and resulting mechanical properties depending on loading conditions.


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