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Reaching New Heights: Materials Innovation in the Aerospace Industry
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 • 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

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Program Organizers: Robert Shull, National Institute of Standards and Technology; Jud Ready, Georgia Institute of Technology; Rusty Gray, Los Alamos National Lab; Tom Battle, Midrex Technologies

Wednesday, March 14, 2012
2:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

2:00 – 2:05 p.m. – Welcome and Speaker Introductions

Moderator: Dr. Charles Ward, Chief, Metals, Ceramics, & NDE Division, U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory

2:05-2:15 p.m.
Topic: Materials Genome Initiative
Dr. James Warren
Leader, Thermodynamics and Kinetics Group, Metallurgy Division
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Member, Materials Genome Initiative ad hoc Interagency Working Group of the National Science and Technology Council

The Materials Genome Initiative is a new, multi-stakeholder effort to develop an infrastructure to accelerate advanced materials discovery and deployment in the United States. Over the last several decades there has been significant Federal investment in new experimental processes and techniques for designing advanced materials. This new focused initiative will better leverage existing Federal investments through the use of computational capabilities, data management, and an integrated approach to materials science and engineering. The development of advanced materials can be accelerated through advances in computational techniques, more effective use of standards, and enhanced data management. This talk will provide a brief introduction to the initiative, and set the stage for the case studies discussed in this session.

2:15 – 2:45 p.m.
Topic: ICME: Promise and Future Directions
Dr. Robert E. Schafrik
General Manager, Materials and Process Engineering Dept.
GE Aviation

GE Aviation has been engaged in various aspects of ICME for 10 years, driven primarily by the desire to implement new materials development within half the standard time. To accomplish this, a close relationship with design engineering and supply chain has been established. A key element of our strategy has been the use of materials and process modeling tools, including those based on heuristics and physics-based algorithms, to guide technical decisions. Important to our success has been knowledgeable material scientists and engineers who expertly applied and interpreted the results from these models—in many cases, they had been involved in the development of the models in the first place. At GE Aviation, we have demonstrated success of this strategy with a 2-year development time (from project start to full engine qualification) for two low rhenium single crystal airfoils alloys that entered production in 2009, and a 4-year development time for a new cast-and-wrought turbine disk alloy that will enter full scale production in 2012. In both these cases, a typical development cycle would have been 3 times as long. As we look to the future, we see several key ICME areas that need to be further developed to make ICME the standard development approach: i) cyber infrastructure that facilitates collaboration between various stakeholders; ii) federated heterogeneous databases; iii) further development of key M&P models across all material systems, including standard interfaces; and iv) standardized Terms & Conditions for licensed software.

2:45 – 3:15 p.m.
Topic: Lessons Learned from the Trenches and Implications on ICME and the MGI
Dr. Charles Kuehmann
President & CEO

The President’s Material’s Genome Initiative (MGI) challenges us to innovate materials modeling and engineering methods, enabling new materials to reach commercial application in half the time of current capabilities. QuesTek’s more than a decade of experience in applying Materials by Design technology and Accelerated Insertion of Materials (AIM) methods has taken four alloys to commercial production and flight qualification with many more in process. This unique experience provides key insights into a Materials Genome infrastructure and related Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME) methods enabling the grand MGI vision. Important conclusions from recent materials commercialization successes can be made. First, a specific engineering problem must dictate the priorities for developing MGI and ICME related modeling, tools and data, not the other way around. And secondly, while challenging, the overall goal of the MGI is certainly achievable. A review of recent successes and implications of the MGI will be presented.

3:15 – 3:45 p.m.
Topic: Enabling the Era of Hybrid Materials – A Tipping Point of Change
Mr. Michael Dudzik, Vice President, Science & Technology, Washington Operations
Dr. Rick Barto, Program Manager, Advanced Technology Laboratory
Lockheed Martin Corporation

The ongoing state of the art transition in the field of materials science from metal alloys to composites to hybrid materials offers the aerospace market unique design solutions to meet ever demanding requirements in product manufacturing cost reduction, system performance enhancement and total lifecycle sustainability. The rapidly growing interest in hybrid materials - those with multiple functionalities - has opened a new era in materials usage for advanced aerospace products beyond mono-functional materials. Since 2008, Lockheed Martin has been actively engaged in blending hybrid materials with ICME practices to create new solutions to complex design and manufacturing needs. The benefits of the Materials Genome Initiative will expand and accelerate the transition of hybrid materials across greater product applications. A review of recent successes achieved through better utilization of computational physics, material data management, certification, and the manufacturing supply chain will be presented.

4 p.m.
Topic: Panel Discussion
Diana Farkas, Program Director
Condensed Matter and Materials Theory, Division of Materials Research
National Science Foundation
"Looking for Transformative Approaches for the Materials Genome Initiative"

Julie Christodoulou
Director, Naval Materials Division
Office of Naval Research
"Basic Research Challenge in Materials"

Diana Bauer
Director of the Office of Economic Analysis
U.S. Department of Energy
"New Efforts on Computational Materials"

Michael Caton
Senior Materials Research Engineer
Materials & Manufacturing Directorate
Air Force Research Laboratory
"Advancing Superalloys"
5:15-6:00 p.m.
Topic: Networking Reception with the Panelists
Sponsored by the Georgia Institute of Technology

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