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The objective of the Materials in Extreme Dynamic Environments CRA is to establish the capability to design materials for use in specific dynamic environments, especially high strain-rate applications. The Army Research Laboratory has established a CRA in order to bring the best of advanced materials research and technology to form a comprehensive external and parallel internal basic research program in the area of multi-scale Materials in Extreme Dynamic Environments (MEDE). The MEDE CRA advances fundamental multi-scale materials Research through extensive collaborations among academia, industry and government. Research and technical objectives include:
- Drive forward and expand the fundamental understanding in the area of multi-scale Materials in ultra-high loading rate environments.
- Execute a focused, basic research program to realize capability to design materials for dynamic environments.
- Create a framework that enhances and fosters cross-disciplinary and cross-organizational collaboration.
- Consider classes of materials that include, but are not limited to, ceramics, metals, polymers and their respective hybrids or composites.
- Create a collaborative synergy by developing a comprehensive, focused basic research program that enables a systematic and synergistic approach with a materials by design strategy to perform the following:
- Modeling and Simulation: Two-way multiscale modeling (predicting performance and designing materials).
- Bridging the Scales: Using analysis, theory and algorithms, conduct theoretical and analytical analyses to effectively define the interface physics across length scales.
- Advanced Experimental Techniques and Computational Validation: Use comprehensive experimental capabilities to verify and validate the physics and mechanisms of materials subjected to extreme dynamic environments, considering the effects of time and space on such multi-scale physics problems.
- Multiscale Material Metrics: Determine a comprehensive set of metrics that define high loading rate tolerant material systems and enable their processing and manufacture.
- Processing and Synthesis: Develop modeling and techniques for the synthesis and processing of high loading rate tolerant materials.
ARL Collaborative Alliance Manager:
Dr. Sikhanda Satapathy
Dr. K.T. Ramesh
- Johns Hopkins University, Lead Research Organization
- California Institute of Technology
- Rutgers University
- University of Delaware
- Drexel University
- Ernst Mach Institute
- Morgan State University
- New Mexico Institute for Mining and Technology
- North Carolina Agriculture and Technical State University
- Purdue University
- Southwest Research Institute
- University of North Carolina at Charlotte
- University of Texas at San Antonio
- Washington State University