NSF Summer Institute on Nano Mechanics
and Materials

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Nanoscale Design of Materials
Charles Kuehmann (QuesTek Innovations)
Hern-Jeng Jou (QuesTek Innovations)

Program Outline

August 25-29, 2003


Traditional materials and process development is a highly empirical, time consuming and expensive process. Often the results of such activities are poorly understood and suffer failure during scale-up or in the field because they are not robust. Simply replacing experiment with computational modeling in this process is beneficial but not ideal. To achieve optimal results, a design-centered approach is necessary. This course demonstrated how to treat materials as systems, realizing the necessary complexity of real materials yet building a framework that breaks it into manageable pieces for design. Computational modeling capabilities were reviewed from a design perspective to illustrate how to build and select appropriate tools. Techniques to generate and evaluate design alternatives were covered and some specific examples were provided. Design principles for robust solutions were also covered. The course provided hands-on experience with leading computational tools for materials design. The course was concluded with an overview of emerging technologies to aid materials development beyond design into development and implementation.

Course Credit and Pre-requisites
The total number of contact hours for the five day program is 27, and 2.7 CEUs. There are certain pre-requisites for each topic. In order to maximize the learning experience, we will provide course materials to students prior to the class.