Published on Thursday June 21, 2007
Dr. Michel Barsoum, Distinguished Professor of Materials Science and Engineering has recently received the National Science Foundation Small Grant for Exploratory Research (SGER) award for his two-year project titled, “SGER: Incipient Kink Bands, Damping, Micro- and Macroyielding in Hexagonal Metals.” Dr. Barsoum will act as PI for the project, which has a budget of $141,081.
SGER proposals are for small-scale, exploratory, high-risk research in the fields of science, engineering, and education, normally supported by NSF. This grant will enable Dr. Barsoum and his colleagues to study the early deformation of hexagonal metals that they have shown to be kinking nonlinear elastic solids. Their ultimate goal is to develop strong, lightweight alloys that can also dampen or absorb sound and vibrations.