MSE in the News
Department faculty and students recently assisted the Birmingham Zoo when a longtime resident developed a common problem in need of a unique engineering solution.
Materials engineering involves the development, production, modification, and application of engineering materials to meet the specific needs of society. It is based on an understanding of the structures and forces that control the engineering properties of metals, ceramics, polymers, and composites. Through the development of this understanding, the student learns how to control the properties of materials through various industrial manufacturing processes, how to select the optimum material and predict its behavior under various environmental and service conditions, and how to alter this behavior through materials design, research, and development. Materials Engineers are employed in every major industry, including aerospace, chemical, automotive, metals casting, biomedical, and microelectronics.
A team from UAB won first place in the 2016 American Foundry Society Student Casting Competition
The UAB team members were: Kelly Ann McCool, Emily Campbell, Shivani Vashi, Gabrielle Martin, Kat Steel, Bareera M. Saeed, Trey Whatley, and Kenny Lee
The competition required each team had to create a teacup, saucer, and spoon casting. The team was judged not only on their final casting but by the steps they used to complete the casting and how they were able to overcome challenges faced by the casting using our engineering knowledge.
The prize money of $500 went to the UAB AFS/MA student chapter.
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Haibin Ning, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, has collaborated on a new procedure for measuring carbon fiber content in any carbon fiber polymer matrix composites. The procedure was recently adopted by ASTM D3171 - Standard Test Methods for Constituent Content of Composite Materials as Procedure H – Matrix Carbonization in a Nitrogen-Purging Furnace.
In the procedure, a reference neat polymer sample is used to determine the carbonization ratio after being carbonized in a nitrogen-purging furnace with the composite samples. An equation for calculating the carbon fiber content based on the carbonization ratio and the masses before and after carbonization is developed for the first time. The accuracy of this procedure has been verified by experiments conducted by multiple operators at multiple facilities.
Authors for developing the procedure:
Haibin Ning, Qiushi Wang, Selvum Pillay, Uday Vaidya, and Leigh Ann Nolen (Toray Carbon Fibers America)
A group of faculty, staff, and students from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering attended the 2016 meeting of the Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society (TMS).
The TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition brings together more than 4,000 business leaders, engineers, scientists, and other professionals and students from around the world in the minerals, metals, and materials fields. The goal is to promote networking, technical exchange, and camaraderie leading to collaborations, innovation, and solutions in the workplace and in society.