Materials and Processes

Materials Process

How many scientists can say that their work they started 30 years ago, has helped revolutionize the aerospace industry?  UES scientists can – in collaboration with AFRL, they have been integral in developing and understanding Titanium Aluminides (TiAl) and Ceramic Matrix Composite (CMCs).  TiAl is now used routinely in aircraft engines. CMCs have recently been inserted into service in commercial aircraft. UES scientists continue working on CMCs by identifying/developing new materials and processing methodologies, using a combination of experiments and modeling approaches, to extend the life of CMCs under extreme environments.

UES scientists, again in collaboration with AFRL, were pioneers in developing the concepts and tools for Integrated Computational Materials Science & Engineering (ICME or ICMSE), or the Materials Genome Initiative. Their efforts have been reduced to practice in fast acting models, that are in use by major Aerospace firms such as Rolls Royce and Pratt & Whitney.  

Our core capabilities include processing, characterization and modeling of advanced intermetallics, structural alloys and intermetallics, light metallic alloys, ceramics and ceramic matrix composites.  UES scientists work with leading experts in their fields, in a very collaborative environment, with access to world-class instrumentation. Our flexible, supportive Corporate environment strives to help our scientists reach their goals.  

At UES, employees have the opportunity to conduct both basic and applied research. Several of UES’ flagship products such as ProCast, an industry standard casting process modeling software, SHS AA 7042, a super high strength aluminum alloy, and Robo-Met.3D®, a 3D materials characterization system, have resulted from applied work in our core capability areas.

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Materials and Processes