Our “specialty” in mechanics is elucidating how low-symmetry and heterogeneous structures give rise to unusual mechanical behaviors. We transition that knowledge into predictive tools for industry to use in designing better materials, components, and manufacturing processes. These tools include new analysis software for studying mechanics, physics-based models of structure-property relationships spanning length scales from nanometers to meters, and also machine learning tools for statistically driven process-structure-property discovery, optimization and design.
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Ashley Bucsek, Beam Team PhD candidate, performed the first-ever dark-field X-ray diffraction measurements on shape memory alloys at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facitlity (ESRF) in Grenoble, France, where she is working as a visiting scientist, funded by an NSF GROW award. The dark-field X-ray microscopy (DXFM) technique is a high-resolution X-ray diffraction microscopy technique pioneered by the scientists at ESRF. Ashley is using DFXM to study interfacial strain fields in phase transformation in connection to hysteresis and functional fatigue.