Modeling and Simulations of Armor Ceramics
at ORAU/ORISE DoD Programs

Date Posted: 12/2/2018

Opportunity Description

Title of Research Opportunity: Modeling and Simulations of Armor Ceramics: Atomistics to Mesoscale Microstructure Located at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland, the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) is the Army's central laboratory. Its diverse assortment of unique facilities and dedicated workforce of government and private sector partners make up the largest source of world-class integrated research and analysis in the Army. Interdisciplinary research opportunities exist in materials modeling at length scales ranging from atomistics to mesoscale microstructures to support discoveries relating ceramic processing-structure-property relationships. These simulations seek to uncover fundamental mechanisms controlling microstructure evolution and mechanical response of armor ceramics to provide insights for future material design and predict performance. Areas of research include (1) thermodynamic modeling of grain boundary complexions; (2) elucidating the role of defects and grain boundary character on grain growth and mechanics; (3) mesoscale modeling of microstructure evolution and mechanics; (4) bridging simulation scales by incorporating microstructure effects into continuum performance models; (5) integrating material simulations with experiments; (6) developing virtual materials characterization techniques; and (7) quantifying variability and uncertainty of models. Our research is performed in collaboration with other computational and experimental teams within ARL and academia. Qualified candidates should be US Citizens and have received their PhD in Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Physical Chemistry, Physics, or Mathematics. Keywords: Ceramics, Modeling, Simulation, Computational Materials Science, Atomistics, Mesoscale

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