News and Recent Activity

Coats and Spear receive $591K grant from U.S. DOJ to study skull fracture


Profs. Brittany Coats (PI) and Ashley Spear, along with collaborator Prof. Susan Margulies from the University of Pennsylvania, have received a $591K grant from the U.S. Dept. of Justice for infant skull fracture research.  The three-year award, titled “Skull fracture patterns from head impact in infants”, will develop and validate a computational toolset for predicting skull fracture patterns in infants. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates that approximately 686,000 children were victims of abuse and neglect during 2012. The highest percentage of these children are between birth and 3 years of age, and are more likely to experience a recurrence of […]

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Undergraduate Researcher, Jayden Plumb, Accepts Internship at LLNL


Undergraduate Researcher, Jayden Plumb, has been appointed as a Student Intern to the Engineering Directorate/Computational Engineering Division at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL).  Jayden will spend three months this summer at LLNL in California conducting research related to high-energy X-ray diffraction microscopy (HEDM).  He will be advised by Drs. Nathan Barton and Jon Lind.  Congratulations, Jayden!

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Brian Phung Passes PhD Qualifying Exam


MMM Lab member Brian Phung recently passed the PhD qualifying exam, formally admitting him to the PhD program.  As part of his qualifying exam, Brian wrote a literature survey entitled “Computational Methods to Represent Fracture in the View of Microstructurally Small Cracks”. Congratulations, Brian!

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Raeymaekers and Spear receive $3M award from DOD


Professors Bart Raeymaekers and Ashley Spear have received a $3M award from the DoD to create a new manufacturing platform that will help advance economic and workforce resilience in response to changes in Defense spending. Specifically, this project focuses on networking past, present, and potential Defense-supported manufacturers with research and development centers via a centralized, artificially intelligent database. This platform will enable the manufacturers to efficiently use additive manufacturing (AM) processes (a.k.a. “3D printing”) to shorten product development cycles, expand their product mix, and enter new non-Defense related markets, thus increasing their resilience to changes in Defense spending. Unlike plastics […]

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Plumb and Wilkinson present at Undergraduate Research Symposium


Undergraduate researchers and MMM Lab members, Jayden Plumb and Nate Wilkinson, presented their research at the recent Undergraduate Research Symposium held at the University of Utah.  Jayden gave a talk entitled  3D Grain Characterization of Open-Cell Aluminum Foam, and Nate presented a poster entitled Applying Machine Learning to Microstructurally Small Fatigue Crack Propagation in 3D. Both Jayden and Nate received awards through the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) in 2016.  Jayden’s work is also funded by the NSF (no. 1629660), and Nate’s work is also funded by AFOSR (FA 9550-15-1-0172).  Jayden will be continuing his research this summer as an […]

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MMM Lab to Participate in $15M NASA Space Technology Research Institute


Researchers in the MMM Lab will participate in a NASA-funded Space Technology Research Institute (STRI), which will receive $15M over the next five years. The Institute for Ultra-Strong Composites by Computational Design (US-COMP) is a multidisciplinary team of 22 faculty members led by Greg Odegard  (Michigan Tech), Mike Czabaj (University of Utah), Richard Liang (Florida State), and John Hart (MIT). The purpose of US-COMP is to develop and deploy a carbon nanotube-based, ultra-high strength, lightweight aerospace structural material by relying largely on computational design. A full press release can be found here.

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Conventional Versus Additively Manufactured Open-Cell Metal Foams

Recent work from the MMM Lab reveals some interesting comparisons between conventional open-cell aluminum foam and “twins” created by additive manufacturing, or 3D printing. The work was presented at the Materials Science & Technology conference held here in Salt Lake City. Access full paper on Research Gate (link).

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MMM Lab Fall Party

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Recent activities at the Advanced Photon Source


MMM Lab members, Jayden Plumb and Wes Tayon, along with collaborators Jake Adams (University of Michigan) and Dr. Jonathan Lind (Lawrence Livermore National Lab) recently traveled to the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Lab to carry out measurements on two sets of samples.  Dr. Peter Kenesei assisted with the measurements.  Professor Spear also presented a talk entitled “3D Grain Mapping to Inform High-Fidelity Numerical Simulations of Microstructurally Small Phenomena” at the APS User Science Seminar.  Upcoming publications will feature the group’s latest measurements at the APS!

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Spear, Czabaj, Fletcher Receive $952K NSF Grant


(From article originally posted on ME webpage) Mechanical Engineering Assistant Professors Ashley Spear and Michael Czabaj and Associate Professor Tom Fletcher from the School of Computing have been awarded a four-year grant from the NSF for $952K to study open-cell metallic foams. The University of Utah team, led by Spear, will partner with a firm that specializes in manufacturing such foams. The grant is jointly funded by two NSF programs, Designing Materials to Revolutionize and Engineer our Future (DMREF) and Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry (GOALI), and is entitled “DMREF/GOALI: Novel 3D Experiments, Simulations, and Optimization for Accelerated […]

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