25th Annual James F. Bell Memorial Lecture in Continuum Mechanics

Thursday, October 31, 2019
3:00 PM, Levering Hall, Glass Pavilion*

“At the Crossroads of Additive Manufacturing, Analytics and Advanced Materials”

Presented by Professor Tresa M. Pollock
Materials Department, University of California Santa Barbara

Additive manufacturing promises new pathways for integration of advanced alloys with complex structural component design.  Achieving desired properties mandates control of structure and an improved understanding of the processes that occur at the individual melt pool scale and their superposition as melting occurs on a layer- by-layer basis.  A new technique developed at UCSB, TriBeam tomography, has been employed to acquire chemical, structural and misorientation information on structural alloys printed by electron beam and laser powder based processes.  The data challenges with additive manufacturing and the corresponding 3D quantification of structure will be addressed.  In large 3D datasets, the persistence of grains layer to layer due to remelting / nucleation has been studied as a function of scan strategy.   The benefits of multimodal data for characterization of submicron features will be discussed.   Finally, 3D EBSD data indicates that the accumulation of large crystallographic misorientations during printing is directly related to the alloy solidification path.  Implications for alloy design and new alloys for printed structures are discussed.

Professor Tresa Pollock is the Alcoa Distinguished Professor of Materials at the University of California, Santa Barbara.  Pollock’s research focuses on the mechanical and environmental performance of materials in extreme environments, unique high temperature materials processing paths, ultrafast laser-material interactions, alloy design and 3-D materials characterization.  Pollock graduated with a B.S. from Purdue University in 1984, and a Ph.D. from MIT in 1989.  She was employed at General Electric Aircraft Engines from 1989 to 1991, where she conducted research and development on high temperature alloys for aircraft turbine engines and co-developed the single crystal alloy René N6 (now in service).  Pollock was a professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University from 1991 to 1999 and the University of Michigan from 2000 – 2010.   Her recent research has focused on development of new femtosecond laser-aided    3-D tomography techniques, additive manufacturing, damage detection and modeling by resonant ultrasound spectroscopy, thermal barrier coatings systems, new intermetallic-containing cobalt-base materials, nickel base alloys for turbine engines, titanium alloys, lightweight magnesium alloys, Heusler-based thermoelectrics and bulk nanolaminates.  Professor Pollock was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering in 2005, the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina in 2015, and is a Department of Defense Vannevar Bush Fellow and Fellow of TMS and ASM International.  She serves as Editor in Chief of the Metallurgical and Materials Transactions family of journals and was the 2005-2006 President of The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society.

*Reception immediately following lecture

Inaugural Professorial Lecture: Thao (Vicky) Nguyen

When: September 25, 2019 @ 4:30 p.m.

Where: Mason Hall Auditorium


Thao (Vicky) Nguyen will deliver a lecture titled “Biomechanics of the optic nerve head in glaucoma” as part of the Don P. Giddens Inaugural Professorial Lecture Series. Nguyen is a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Marlin U. Zimmerman, Jr. Faculty Scholar.

Glaucoma is a neurodegenerative disease characterized by damage to the optic nerve axons and remodeling of the connective tissues in the optic nerve head. High pressure in the the eye is a major risk factor for the disease, and lowering this pressure is currently the only effective way to slow the disease’s progression. Nguyen seeks to understand the fundamental biomechanical mechanisms through which changes in the intraocular pressure alter the physiological function of cells and remodel the collagen structures of the optic nerve head. In this presentation, she will describe ongoing work to measure the deformation response of the cellular and connective tissue structures of the optic nerve head to pressure, characterize alterations with age and glaucoma, model the effects of structural variations on the deformation and stress response, and investigate the mechanisms through which stress can direct connective tissue growth and remodeling.

The Don P. Giddens Inaugural Professorial Lecture Series began in 1993 as a way to honor newly promoted full professors. Professor Giddens, originator of the series, served as the fifth dean of Engineering at Johns Hopkins.

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