Optimization and Characterization of Metals
at ORAU Workforce Solutions

Date Posted: 7/28/2019

Opportunity Description

Title of Research Opportunity: Optimization and Characterization of Metals Produced via Additive Manufacturing and Powder Metallurgy 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. This particular research opportunity will be located at Texas A&M University, a member of the ARL South extended network of academic and industrial partners. Near-net-shape production technologies, such as additive manufacturing (AM) and powder metallurgy (PM), hold great promise as innovative means to significantly increase the cost-efficiency of manufacturing through improved feedstock-to-product yields as well as improve design-to-product lead times through rapid prototyping and direct digital manufacturing. Furthermore, these processes enable topological optimization of the design by taking advantage of the complex geometric and multi-material production capabilities. However, the unique processing histories produced by these technologies create new challenges for understanding and controlling the underlying microstructure and corresponding mechanical properties. Exceptional candidates are sought in the area of metallurgical processing and characterization, particularly pertaining to AM and PM processes. The project will require working as part of a large application-driven research team to engineer new processes and microstructures with the goal of improving performance. The main focus will be the development of processes and characterization tools to understand and optimize the process-structure-property relationship of metal components produced via advanced manufacturing technologies. This research opportunity aligns with the ARL S&T Campaign in the areas of Metals Additive Manufacturing in an effort to improve the performance, reliability, and versatility of future Army systems. Required qualifications: Applicants should have a degree (B.S. or M.S.) or be currently matriculated in a degree-seeking program in Metallurgical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or a closely related discipline. Candidates should demonstrate a strong academic background with research experience in material processing and mechanical testing of materials. Additional experience with metallography and metallurgical characterization are highly desirable. For full eligibility requirements by fellowship type, please visit: https://orau.org/arlfellowship/applicants/eligibility.htm Keywords: metals, additive, manufacturing, powder, metallurgy, characterization, mechanical, testing, 3D, printing

Opportunity Snapshot

  • Employee Type: Full-Time
  • Location: College Station, TX
  • Opportunity Type: Other
  • Experience: Not Specified
  • Date Posted: 7/28/2019

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