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.