Characterization of Complex Hybrid Material Functi
at ORAU Workforce Solutions

Date Posted: 3/26/2019

Opportunity Description

Title of Research Opportunity: Characterization of Complex Hybrid Material Functional Systems Fabricated using Additive Manufacturing Additive Manufacturing (AM) is a group of technologies that build objects, layer-upon-layer until the desired three dimensional object is completed. In this way, AM is considered a “printing” technique. This is the opposite of subtractive manufacturing (traditional machining process) that start with a large feedstock and subtract away material until the desired three dimensional object is completed. AM technologies exist that can “print” many types of materials (metals, ceramics, polymers, glass, food, concrete, etc.). Hybrid manufacturing (HM) is a mixture of any/all AM and subtractive technologies that allow for the fabrication of complex, multi-material, structures. There are many hurdles to overcome in order to optimize AM and HM processes. Consider the example of an electrically conductive material joined to a dielectric material to create a functional device, like an antenna. While the bonding (interface) of these materials contribute to the structural performance, their interaction (inter-phase) with one another contributes to the functional performance of the device. This is compounded as more materials and more functions are added to the system. This is further complicated by manufacturing these devices in three dimensions. The selected Participant will perform manufacturing research associated with the development of printing three dimensional functional specimens using HM techniques, as well as perform characterization of the resultant build with a focus on interfacial adhesion. The Participant will fabricate and analyze test specimens consisting of single and multi-material depositions, and will perform testing according to governing specifications, which may include material (thermal and electrical properties) and mechanical characterization (strength, toughness and durability). With knowledge gained, the Participant will then analyze the interfacial and inter-phase properties of fabricated specimens. The goal will be to tie material and process variables to specimen performance. The Participant should have an advanced degree, or be working toward an advanced degree in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Materials Science, or similar technical area. The Participant should have a working knowledge of more than two types of AM processes. Keywords: 3D-printing, hybrid manufacturing, printed electronics, multi-functional materials Click here for more information

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