Welcome to new grad students William and Chunlei

The Metals Group is pleased to welcome two new graduate students for fall semester 2013.  William Warriner has a BS in mathematics from Harvey Mudd and a BS in materials engineering from UAB, and has been an active undergraduate researcher at UAB in both the metals and composites group.  Chunlei Wang comes to UAB from Dalian University of Technology, where he studied materials engineering and did research on metal matrix composites.  The group is pleased to have both of these students and their diverse experiences on board.

Centrifugal Casting Wins First Place

AFS_April_Meeting_2013-44Undergraduate MSE students from UAB recently won first place in the AFS-Birmingham student casting competition for their successful development of a centrifical casting apparatus. Led by Kerry Bisset and Christoper Graves, other students who participated in the project were Ranae Wright, Emily Shedlarski, Doug Pecot, Adam Forbes, Raymond Solomon, William Warner, Michael Wei, Leam Scullin, with additional support from graduate students Elis Rivera, Alex Noble, Rhiannon Bragg, and Sid Biswas.

The students initially set out to create a decorative model rocket, using centrifugal forces to form the hollow body tube of the rocket. They consulted experts in centrifugal casting and designed a set-up based on a budget of about $300. Kendell Electronics kindly donated a variable frequency drive to control the RPM of the mold. Casting simulation software MAGMAsoft was used to determine variables like solidification time, pour weight, and superheat needed.  After the computational work was completed, the next step in the project was to build the centrifugal casting machine. As this project grew into the building stage, the safety of the students was the highest priority. People involved in the build were required to wear safety gear. Experts in centrifugal casting were brought in to make sure the setup was safe. Observers to the pour were kept a minimum safe distance and kill switches were used on the electronics to ensure control. 

The apparatus was built and tested over the course of three months.  Initial trials were made with a PVC mold and wax, before moving to higher-melting-temperature zinc cast in a steel mold.  By the fourth try, a pipe 16 inches long with a relatively uniform wall thickness of 1/8 inch was created by spinning the mold at 3300 RPM. The students plan to continue refining the casting machine so that it can be used for classroom demonstrations and research. 

UAB's second student team of Kerry Bisset and Christopher Graves also won second place in the competition for their development of a cast bi-metal coin.

Congratulations to Ed for completion of PhD and new job at Nucor

Ed Druschitz recently completed his PhD on the topic of alloy development for high strength cast aluminum alloys.  He is now employed as a metallurgist at the Nucor Steel facility here in Birmingham, Alabama.

Welcome to new grad students Sid, Elis and Diana!

Three new graduate students have joined the Metals Research group for spring semester.  Siddhartha Biswas comes to UAB from Missouri S&T, where he finished a MS in materials engineering, researching thermo conductivity and heat losses in the casting process.  Elis Rivera is a recent graduate of the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez with an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering.  While there, he worked on a research project related to rolling and recrystallization.  And, after extensive experience as an undergraduate student researcher in the department, Maria Diana David has transitioned to a new roll as a graduate student and research assistant.

Open Foundry Day

The American Foundry Society student chapter at UAB would like to invite you to Open Foundry Day! Come check out our new foundry, make your very own sand mold and watch as your design is filled with molten metal! Your work is yours to keep!

When: Saturday, October 12th, 2013

1:00 - 4:00 pm

Where: 501 Building, corner of 12th St. South and 5th Ave. S. Birmingham, AL 35294 

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