SFI CASA Professor Knut Marthinsen just visited the Center for Hierarchical Materials Design at Northwestern University in Chicago. He lectured on advanced characterization and modelling for aluminium process and alloy design.
“Some of the presentations we have seen are jaw-dropping.” “There are big challenges ahead.” These potentially contradictory quotes encapsulate the impressions of SFI CASA’s Scientific Advisory Group meeting last week.
SFI CASA Professors Odd Sture Hopperstad, Tore Børvik and colleagues have just received a 30 million NOK Toppforsk grant to investigate new ways of designing aluminium structures against failure.
Pure aluminium is a very soft metal, not suitable for any kind of structural use. To make it stronger, some kind of alloying elements are always used.
The folks at SIMLab know better than anyone how aluminium grains behave under attack. Because of that, they decided that brand new SFI CASA needs expertise on atomic level. Randi Holmestad’s expertise.