Dr. Zi-Kui Liu

Dr. Zi-Kui Liu

Professor of Material Science and Engineering

Department:  Materials Science and Engineering
College:  College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
Address:  201 Steidle Building
Phone:  814-865-1934
E-mail: zxl15@psu.edu
Website: http://www.phases.psu.edu

Phase Stability in Materials
Additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, has the potential to radically expand the design space for rapid manufacturing of metallic parts for a number of applications. In this project you will apply principles of thermodynamics and kinetics to the additive manufacturing of gradient alloys. Gradient alloys are metals in which the composition along one or more directions is varied continuously, e.g., a stainless steel to titanium gradient. Starting from a set of pre-fabricated gradient alloys and with the assistance of a mentor, you will devise and carry out an experimental and modeling research plan to further understanding of phase stability and microstructure-property relations in these materials.

Further Readings:
http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?release=2014-247
http://www.nature.com/srep/2014/140619/srep05357/full/srep05357.html
http://www.phases.psu.edu