Army researchers meet with alliance partners to advance protection materials science

October 17, 2017

By Courtesy Dr. Victor Nakano, Johns Hopkins University

TOWSON, Md. (Oct. 17, 2017) - The Materials in Extreme Dynamic Environments Collaborative Research Alliance, or MEDE CRA, conducted its annual Fall Meeting Oct. 12.

Johns Hopkins University is the lead research organization. Nearly 140 people participated in the meeting, including principal investigators and students from consortium institutions and researchers from the U.S. Army Research Laboratory.

Special guests hailed from the United Kingdom's Defence Science and Technology Laboratory; Army Research Office; Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center; U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center. Members of the MEDE science advisory board attended as well.

Professor K.T. Ramesh from Johns Hopkins University and Dr. John Beatty from ARL led the meeting, which focused on technical collaboration across the alliance and program planning for the upcoming year.

The event included overview presentations from representatives of the four material research groups as well as poster presentations by both consortium principal investigators and ARL collaborators.

The event was highlighted by Dr. Jeff Zabinski, Director of the ARL Weapons and Materials Research Directorate. Zabinski presented SES notes to the polymers group thanking them for their efforts on the MEDE program.

ARL recipients were: Drs. James Snyder, Jan Andzelm, Travis Bogetti, Ken Strawhecker, Kevin Masser and Tusit Weerasooriya. The consortium recipients were: Professor Giuseppe Palmese, Drexel University, Professor Nicolas Alvarez, also from Drexel University, Dr. Joe Deitzel, University of Delaware, Professor John Gillespie, Jr., also from University of Delaware, Professor Vicky Nguyen, Johns Hopkins University, and Professor Mark Robbins, also from Johns Hopkins University.

The MEDE CRA is an integral part of ARL's Enterprise for Multiscale Research of Materials, officials said. The objective of the alliance is to develop the capability to design, optimize, and fabricate material systems exhibiting revolutionary performance in extreme dynamic environments.

The approach is a mechanism-based, "materials-by-design" capability that focuses on advancing the fundamental understanding of materials in relevant high-strain-rate and high-stress regimes. Model materials in the areas of metals, ceramics, composites, and polymers are being investigated to improve protection for Soldiers and vehicles.

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory, currently celebrating 25 years of excellence in Army science and technology, is part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, which has the mission to provide innovative research, development and engineering to produce capabilities that provide decisive overmatch to the Army against the complexities of the current and future operating environments in support of the joint warfighter and the nation. RDECOM is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command.


Last Update / Reviewed: October 17, 2017