Materials in Extreme Dynamic Environments


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.

Contact Information

ARL Collaborative Alliance Manager:
Dr. Sikhanda Satapathy

University Lead:
Dr. K.T. Ramesh

Consortium Members

  • Johns Hopkins University, Lead Research Organization
  • California Institute of Technology
  • Rutgers University
  • University of Delaware

Other Partners

  • 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