Professor Alan A. Luo
Donald D. Glower Chair in Engineering
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Department of Integrated Systems Engineering
The Ohio State University

Friday, Sept. 8th at 3pm
Room 3550 MEK
Sid & Marian Green Classroom

Abstract: Lightweight materials including aluminum, magnesium and titanium alloys and metal matrix composites are increasingly being used in the transportation and manufacturing industries to reduce energy consumption as well as carbon footprint. Emerging materials including high entropy alloys, bioresorbable magnesium alloys and densified superwood materials are also promising in engineering and biomedical applications. Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME) is defined as the integration of materials information, captured in computational tools, with engineering product performance analysis and manufacturing-process simulation. This talk presents some examples of lightweight material design and development using CALPHAD-based ICME approach. The talk will also summarize some of the latest innovations in casting, extrusion, sheet forming and multi-material manufacturing processes. For example, super vacuum die casting (SVDC) process is developed to produce high-integrity and thin-wall aluminum and magnesium die castings, which is seeing tremendous growth in electrical vehicle applications. Advanced solidification and precipitation models for light alloys has been developed based on computational thermodynamics and kinetics, combined with microstructure and process modeling techniques. These ICME models are integrated to predict location-specific mechanical properties, based on location-specific microstructure, of light alloy castings for structural applications.

Biography: Alan Luo is Donald D. Glower Chair in Engineering, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, and Professor of Integrated Systems Engineering (Manufacturing) at The Ohio State University (OSU) in Columbus, OH. He leads the Lightweight Materials and Manufacturing Research Laboratory and is Director of the Advanced Casting Research Center at OSU. He also serves as a technical leader at The REMADE (Reducing EMbodied-Energy And Decreasing Emissions) Institute. Professor Luo is an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), a fellow of The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS), Society for Automotive Engineers (SAE), and American Society of Metals (ASM). He has 21 patents and more than 340 technical publications on advanced materials and manufacturing, specializing in lightweight materials and applications. Prior to joining OSU in 2013, Dr. Luo was a GM Technical Fellow at General Motors Global Research and Development Center (Warren, MI) with 20 years of industrial experience.