Current Projects

Ceramic-Metal Reactions in Metalcasting
  • Faculty: Dr. William F. Gale, Dr. R.A. "Tony" Overfelt
  • Funding: NASA Marshall Space Flight Center through theAU Solidification Design Center
  • Objective: Prevent damaging ceramic-metal reactions during casting of nickel-base superalloys
Web-Based Cross-Disciplinary Education
  • Faculty: Dr. William F. Gale, Dr. Donald E. Conner (College of Agriculture)
  • Funding: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
  • Objective: Enable engineers and physical scientists to work with biologists and agricultural scientists on food safety and other problems
Thermophysical Properties of Commercial Casting Alloys
  • Faculty: Dr. R.A. "Tony" Overfelt; Dr. Sayavur Bakhtiyarov (senior research fellow, Materials Engineering); Dr. Peter Jones (Mechanical Engineering)
  • Funding: NASA and industry through theAU Solidification Design Center
  • Objective: Development of innovative techniques to precisely measure critical thermophysical properties (thermal conductivity, viscosity, specific heat, latent heat, emissivity, electrical conductivity, thermal expansion, surface tension) of molten and freezing metals
Sol-Gel Deposition for Fabrication for Acoustic Wave Devices
Shape Memory Alloy Devices
  • Faculty: Dr. William F. Gale, Dr. Hareesh Tippur (Mechanical Engineering)
  • Funding: Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control and US Air Force Research Lab (Eglin Air Force Base)
  • Objective: Enable new applications of shape memory alloys
Rapid Characterization of Polymer Properties
  • Faculty: Dr. Richard W. Cernosek
  • Funding: Auburn University Competitive Research Grant Program
  • Objective: Develop techniques for extracting polymer material properties from the response of shear acoustic wave devices
Radio-frequency Identification (RFID) Sensor Tags
  • Faculty: Dr. Bryan A. Chin; Dr. Donald E. Conner (College of Agriculture); Dr. James M. Barbaree, Dr. W. Charles Neely (College of Sciences and Mathematics); Dr. Vitaly Vodyanoy (College of Veterinary Medicine)
  • Funding: US Department of Agriculture (USDA)
  • Objective: Development of an acoustic wave sensor that improves food safety by detectingSalmonella typhimurium
Phase Change Materials for Thermal Energy Storage
  • Faculty: Dr. Ralph H. Zee, Dr. William F. Gale, Dr. Jeffrey W. Fergus
  • Funding: General Atomics
  • Objective: Implement phase change materials for thermal energy storage
Multiple Miniature Battlefield Sensors (MMBS)
  • Faculty: Dr. Richard W. Cernosek, Dr. Ralph H. Zee; Dr. Stuart M. Wentworth (Electrical and Computer Engineering); Dr. James M. Barbaree, Dr. W. Charles Neely (College of Sciences and Mathematics); Dr. Vitaly Vodyanoy (College of Veterinary Medicine)
  • Funding: US Army Space & Missile Defense Command through Colsa Corp.
  • Objective: Develop biosensors for military applications
Metallurgical Factors in Bacterial Attachment to Stainless Steels
  • Faculty: Dr. William F. Gale, Dr. Donald E. Conner (College of Agriculture)
  • Funding: AU Detection and Food Safety Center(Peak of Excellence), US Poultry and Egg Association
  • Objective: From a metallurgical standpoint, determine the fundamental factors governing attachment of bacterial cells to metal surfaces used in food processing
Low-cost Infrared Sensors for Monitoring the Welding Process
  • Faculty: Dr. Bryan A. Chin
  • Funding: US Navy (Office of Naval Research)
  • Objective: Develop a low-cost, front-side, infrared weld penetration sensor that would be deployed on "tractor-based" automated welding systems
Joining of Structural Intermetallic Compounds
  • Faculty: Dr. William F. Gale, Dr. Jeffrey W. Fergus
  • Funding: NASA Glenn Research Center
  • Objective: Design and implement technologies for fabricating advanced structural intermetallics
Joining of Refractory Metals
  • Faculty: Dr. Ralph Zee, Dr. William F. Gale
  • Funding: New project - contract under final negotiation
  • Objective: Develop joining processes for refractory metals
Directional Solidification of Nickel-based Superalloys
  • Faculty: Dr. R.A. "Tony" Overfelt
  • Funding: NASA and industry through theAU Solidification Design Center
  • Objective: Development of the next-generation investment castings of nickel-based superalloys used in high-temperature turbines
Development of Vacuum-assisted Countergravity Casting Techniques
  • Faculty: Dr. R.A. "Tony" Overfelt; Dr. Sayavur Bakhtiyarov (senior research fellow, Materials Engineering)
  • Funding: NASA and industry through theAU Solidification Design Center
  • Objective: Development of precision metal castings through controlled moldfilling techniques
Development of Love Wave Sensors for Food Safety
  • Faculty: Dr. Richard W. Cernosek; Dr. Stuart M. Wentworth, Charles Ellis (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
  • Funding: AU Detection and Food Safety Center(Peak of Excellence)
  • Objective: Develop an improved sensor platform using polymer waveguides on shear horizontal surface acoustic wave (SH-SAW) devices
Development of Advanced Centrifugal Casting Technologies
  • Faculty: Dr. R.A. "Tony" Overfelt; Dr. Sayavur Bakhtiyarov (senior research fellow, Materials Engineering); Dr. David Beale (Mechanical Engineering)
  • Funding: NASA and industry through theAU Solidification Design Center
  • Objective: Development of advanced metal castings through application of centrifugal forces
Development of a Carbon Dioxide Sensor for Use in Food Packaging
Development of a Low-cost Compact Hydrogen Sensor for Molten Aluminum
  • Faculty: Dr. Jeffrey W. Fergus, Dr. R.A. "Tony" Overfelt
  • Funding: NASA through theAU Solidification Design Center
  • Objective: Develop a solid-electrolyte sensor for use in monitoring the hydrogen gas content in molten aluminum
Development of Vulcan-TP/PDA Instrument for Thermophysical Property
....Measurement on the International Space Station
  • Faculty: Dr. R.A. "Tony" Overfelt
  • Funding: NASA and industry through theAU Solidification Design Center
  • Objective:Development of an advanced molten metal sensing and electromagnetic melting and positioning techniques for containerless measurement of the thermophysical properties on the International Space Station
Last Updated: Oct 24, 2012