The Alloy Behavior and Design Group has extensive computational modelling and design, manufacturing/processing, and mechanical and microstructural characterization expertise and capabilities to design new structural and functional materials for a wide range of applications.
Classes of materials worked on by the group include steels, stainless steels, iron and nickel base heat-resistant alloys and superalloys, lightweight metals, intermetallics, bulk metallic glasses, high entropy alloys, directionally solidified eutectic alloys, refractory alloys, powder metals/oxide dispersion strengthened, and platinum group alloys. End use applications range from structural uses in extreme environments (cryogenic, high-temperature, radiation, high mechanical loading, oxidizing, and corrosive) to functional needs such as are encountered in batteries, fuel cells, and hydrogen storage, to surface modification approaches to control surface chemistry and reactivity. The group has extensive laboratory facilities for melting, casting, heat treating, and powder processing of new materials. An emphasis of the group is materials design and improved fundamental understanding based on advanced microstructural characterization and modelling techniques ranging from first principles to computational thermodynamics and phase diagrams.