When 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM Jan 15, 2010
Where 1670 CSE
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Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME): The Next Big Thing in Structural Materials

John Allison, University of Michigan

A new field of study is evolving within the materials profession called Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME). ICME has been defined as "the integration of materials information, represented in computational tools, with engineering product performance analysis and manufacturing-process simulation" (1).  It promises to revolutionize the way the materials community provides input to the engineering and scientific communities.  It involves development of unified materials models which integrate information across length and time scales and across knowledge domains and enables integration of analysis of manufacturing, design and materials into a holistic system.  In addition to increasing the efficiency of the engineering process, ICME has significant potential for accelerating development of new materials.  The talk will draw on the presenter's experience at Ford Motor Company in development and implementation of a successful ICME tool called Virtual Aluminum Castings.  VAC is a comprehensive, integrated and validated suite of computational tools for optimization of cast aluminum components and manufacturing processes.  The talk will provide an overview of the quantitative process-structure-property relationships for cast aluminum alloys that form an essential element of VAC.  The talk will also draw from a National Academies report on ICME (1) to make the case that ICME represents the Next Big Thing in Structural Materials. 



1. Tresa M. Pollock, John E. Allison, Daniel G. Backman, Mary C. Boyce, Mark Gersh, Elizabeth A. Holm, Richard LeSar, Mike Long, Adam C. Powell, IV, John J. Schirra, Deborah Demania Whitis, Christoper Woodward, "Integrated Computational Materials Engineering: A Transformational Discipline for Improved Competitiveness and National Security", The National Academies Press, 500 Fifth Street, N.W. Washington, DC 20001, 2008.