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MAE Colloquium

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 4:00pm

Thurston Hall, 203
Central Campus

"MAX Phases:  A Ripple in Time"

       Leslie Lamberson, Ph.D.

     Associate Professor
     Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics
     Drexel University

            Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, 4:00 pm | 203 Thurston Hall          

         Refreshments at 3:30, 116 Upson Hall


Layered solids are ubiquitous in nature and man-made systems from geological formations and ice, to microelectromechanical devices and classical composites. MAX phases are a family of layered materials, namely ternary transition metal carbides and nitrides, which bridge the gap between metals and ceramics. One key mechanism recently identified in the deformation of MAX phases is atomistic buckling, termed ripplocations, which can lead to mesoscale nonlinear kink band formation (NKB). In contrast to dislocation motion, bulk ripplocations have no Burgers vector and no polarity, providing a unique intrinsic toughening mechanism under load. At the same time, MAX phases catastrophically fail in a globally brittle manner due to the fact that critical resolved shear stresses have drastically reduced pathways for dislocation motion. As such, understanding the competition of ductile, pseudo-ductile and brittle deformation and failure mechanisms across stress states and strain rates is imperative to moving towards tailoring their layered anisotropy for specific strength or stiffness performance metrics (in next-generation structures). This talk presents strain rate and orientation investigations under compression, dynamic fracture and impact loading conditions on MAX phases titanium silicon carbide (Ti3SiC2) and highly-oriented titanium aluminum carbide (Ti2AlC). Ripplocation nucleation, self-assembly and propagation to the point of permanent kink banding, which is fundamental to the deformation of all layered solids, as well as the potential benefits of highly-textured MAX phases will be discussed.  All presented investigations will highlight current advances in full-field quantitative visualizea-tion techniques in extreme experimental mechanics.


Leslie Lamberson is currently an Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics with affiliated appointment in Materials Science and Engineering at Drexel University. Leslie received her B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan, her M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and her Ph.D. in Aeronautics from the California Institute of Technology.  Prior to her faculty appointment, she was a postdoctoral research scholar with K.T. Ramesh at the Johns Hopkins University. A former Lockheed Martin ‘Skunk Works’ or Advanced Development Programs engineer, Leslie was a NASA Glenn faculty fellow in the Materials and Structures for Extreme Environments Division in 2013.  Her expertise lies in microstructurally-informed experimental mechanics under extreme conditions. She is the recipient of an NSF CAREER Award and an ONR Young Investigator Award.

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