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ASMI Cleveland Chapter - Meetings

Poster Presentations for Student Night at CWRU

November 21 2016

Title: A Review of Fatigue and Fracture of Wires and Cables Used in Biomedical Applications

Authors: Janet L. Gbur and John J. Lewandowski


Title: Deformation Behavior of the Crystalline Phase of a Bulk Metallic Glass Matrix Composite

Authors: Rachel L. Morrison, Jessica A. Clinton, Jennifer L.W. Carter


Title: Lifetime and Degradation Science: Network Modeling the Degradation of Materials Technology Systems

Authors: Nicholas R. Wheeler, Justin Fada, Davis Zabiyaka, Nikhil Goel, Timothy J. Peshek, Laura S. Bruckman, Roger H. French


Title: Effect of Tungsten Alloying on Short-to-Medium Range Order Evolution and Crystallization Behavior of Near-eutectic Amoprhous Ni-P

Authors: Xun Zhan, Pei Zhang, Paul M. Voyles, Xinyu Liu, Rohan Akolkar, Frank Ernst


Title: Degradation of LSM-Based SOFC Cathodes Under Accelerated Testing 

Authors: Naima Hilli, Hsiang-Jen Wang, Min-Jae Jung, Celeste Cooper, Mark R. De Guire, Richard Goettler, Zhien Liu, and Arthur H. Heuer


Title: Interfacial Modifiers for Enhanced Stability and Reduced Degradation of Cu(In,Ga)SeDevices

Authors: I.T. Martin, T.M. Oyster, L.M. Mansfield, R. Matthews, E.B. Pentzer, R.H. French, T.J. Peshek


Title: EDIFES: Data Science and Analytics for Virtual Building Energy Audits

Authors: Arash Khalilnejad, Jack Mousseau, Rachel Swanson, Preethi Kumar, Mohammad A. Hossain, Christopher Littman, Ethan M. Pickering, Rojiar Haddadian, Roger H. French, Alexis R. Abramson

Monday May, 16th 2016


5:45 Social/Networking/Science Fair Displays
6:30 Buffet Dinner
7:15 Chapter and Science Fair Awards Presentation
7:30 Presentation

Guest Speaker:      

Dr. Robert Bruckner, Deputy Functional Area Manager, NASA Glenn Research Center

Lecture Title:

" The Road Beyond Low Earth Orbit: The new Rockets and Crewed Spaceships Being Developed by NASA "


With the retirement of the Space Shuttle fleet in 2011, NASA has relied on commercial launch vehicles and international partners to ferry astronauts and supplies to the International Space Station.  This decision has enabled the development of a family of new rockets and a crewed deep space vehicle.  The Orion spacecraft program is in the midst of a multi-year endeavor to design, test, and qualify a spacecraft design, which will enable human exploration of outer space beyond low-earth orbit.  Highlighting this endeavor are 5 planned test flights, two of which have already taken place.  The spacecraft will have an initial capacity to support 4 astronauts and dock with additional space vehicles to transport the crew back to the moon, to an asteroid, and eventually to Mars.  The dinner lecture will provide a historical overview of previous American space vehicles as well as a discussion of the Orion spacecraft design and long-term human exploration objectives of NASA.

Speaker Bio:

Dr. Robert Bruckner is an alumnus or Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Cleveland State University, and Case Western Reserve University.  He has worked at the NASA Glenn Research Center for over 25 years and has experience ranging from aeropropulsion test engineering to failure investigations on spaceflight and aircraft flight-test hardware.  Dr. Bruckner currently works within the Orion Spacecraft Program as the Deputy Functional Area Manager for mechanisms and pyrotechnic devices on the spacecraft.  He is the recipient of the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal, the Human Spaceflight Award, The Steven V. Szabo Engineering Excellence Award, and NASA Exceptional Engineering Achievement Medal.  He is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Meeting Location

ASM World Headquarters
9639  Kinsman Road
Materials Park, OH



Please register using the form below through noon on May 11th using below link:

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February 15, 2016


  • 5:45 Social & Networking
  • 6:30 Dinner
  • 7:30 Presentation

Information Tables: Universal Metal Products, Allied High Tech, First Energy Beta Laboratories, Materion, Dante Solutions, Kowalski Heat Treating and NSL Analytical

Technical Chairman: John Kuli


5:45 Social & Networking

6:30 Dinner

7:30 Presentation


Tonight we will feature three of the Cleveland Chapter’s Sustaining Members. Presentations will highlight each of the Sustaining Member’s business and  capabilities.

Overview of Presenters

Dante Solutions

DANTE Solutions is an engineering consulting and software company, specializing in metallurgical process engineering and thermal/stress analyses of metal parts and components. Started in 1982 by founder Dr. B. Lynn Ferguson as Deformation Control Technology, the company has evolved into the premier thermal process modeling company with its DANTE heat treatment simulation software.

DANTE Solutions maintains an active program of alloy characterization, process modeling consulting, continued innovation in application to new processes (i.e. vacuum carburizing, high pressure gas quenching), and technical support to our software licensees.

DANTE Solutions is committed to process engineering and modeling excellence. We look forward to assisting you with your process, mechanical and metallurgical engineering challenges.

Kowalski Heat Treating

We know how important a reliable heat treating partner is to keep your lines moving, your costs down and your production on schedule.  And we know all about those PIA (Pain In The @%$) Jobs! – the ones that cost you time and money, bringing everything to a screeching halt and just wrecking your day. Good news for you – We’re Here to Help!

At Kowalski Heat Treating, we’ve been providing distortion sensitive thermal processing solutions to our customers for nearly forty years. And we’ve built our strong reputation by focusing on those “PIA” Jobs – whatever the job – from vacuum hardening to rack salt austempering, to deep cryogenics and close tolerance specialty flatwork – we figure out the best solution for you and your business success.

NSL Analytical

In business since 1945, NSL is an ISO/IEC 17025 and Nadcap certified Independent Testing Laboratory providing reliable and cost-effective materials testing to customers throughout the United States and around the world. Our experienced chemists, metallurgists, and technicians are experts in testing metals, alloys, plastics, composites, and ceramic materials in powdered, solid, or liquid form.

NSL Analytical Services, Inc. is dedicated to building strong customer relationships based on Trust.  We are committed to staying ahead of the curve when it comes to testing methods and capabilities, which is why NSL Analytical Services strives to maintain technical excellence by using the most advanced Technology in our testing methods and instrumentation. Last but not least, NSL Analytical Services is proud to provide swift Turnaround of test results to all of our valued customers.

Meeting Location:

Crowne Plaza Hotel

5300 Rockside Rd, Independence, OH 44131

To ensure your meal selection register by noon on February 10th using the Cleveland Web site or e-mail (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). 

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Special Information:  All sustaining members can reserve a table to display company literature etc. at no charge.  Call Warren Haws (216-382-8628) to reserve a table.


Monday, April 11th, 2016

Technical Chair: Dr. David Ellis

5:45 Social/Networking
6:30 Dinner
7:30 Zay Jeffries Lecture

Mechanical Properties of Lithiated Silicon: A Candidate Electrode for Lithium Ion Batteries

Dr. William D. Nix 

Understanding the insertion of lithium into silicon electrodes for high capacity lithium-ion batteries is likely to have benefits for mobile energy storage, for both electronics and transportation. Silicon nanostructures have proven to be attractive candidates for electrodes because they provide less constraint on the volume changes that occur and more resistance to fracture during lithium insertion. But still, facture can occur even in nanostructured silicon. Here, we consider the fracture of Si nanopillars during lithiation and find surprising results.  We find that fracture is initiated at the surfaces of the crystalline nanopillars and not in the interior, as had been predicted by analyses based on diffusion-induced stresses.  In situ transmission electron microscopy observations of initially crystalline Si nanoparticles shows that lithiation occurs by the growth of an amorphous lithiated shell, subjected to tension, at the expense of a crystalline Si core, subjected to compression. We also show that the expansion of the nanopillars is highly anisotropic and that the fracture locations are also anisotropic.  In addition, we find a critical fracture diameter for initially crystalline nanopillars of about 300nm that appears to depend on the electrochemical reaction rate.  Modeling the stress evolution in Si nanopillars during lithiation provides a way to understand and control these failure processes. Also, we show that initially amorphous Si nanopillars are much more resistant to failure, having much larger critical fracture diameters, because the initial stresses at the surface are compressive in this situation compared to tension in the case of initially crystalline nanopillars. For sufficiently big amorphous Si nanopillars, cracking is expected to be initiated in the interior based on diffusion-induced stresses, but we have not yet observed this kind of fracture.  The modeling we, and others, have done has been based largely on estimates or guesses about the mechanical properties of lithiated Si.  Recent nanoindentation experiments show that the elastic modulus and hardness of lithiated amorphous Si depend strongly on the lithium content and also show very significant creep effects.  These more subtle effects may need to be included in future modeling.  It is hoped that these studies will be useful in the design of silicon electrodes for advanced battery systems.


Professor Nix obtained his B.S. degree in Metallurgical Engineering from San Jose State College, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science, respectively, from Stanford University.  He joined the faculty at Stanford in 1963 and was appointed Professor in 1972.  He was named the Lee Otterson Professor of Engineering at Stanford University in 1989 and served as Chairman of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering from 1991 to 1996.  He became Professor Emeritus in 2003.  In 2001 he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Engineering Degree by the Colorado School of Mines and in 2007 an honorary degree of Doctor of Engineering by the University of Illinois.  He received an honorary degree of Doctor of Science from Northwestern University in 2012.

In 1964 Professor Nix received the Western Electric Fund Award for Excellence in Engineering Instruction, and in 1970, the Bradley Stoughton Teaching Award of ASM.  He received the 1979 Champion Herbert Mathewson Award and in 1988 was the Institute of Metals Lecturer and recipient of the Robert Franklin Mehl Award of the Metallurgical Society (TMS).  In 1995 he received the Educator Award from TMS.  He was selected by ASM International to give the 1989 Edward DeMille Campbell Memorial Lecture and in 1998 received the ASM Gold Medal.  He gave the Alpha Sigma Mu Lecture to ASM in 2000 and received the Albert Easton White Distinguished Teacher Award in 2002 and the Albert Sauveur Achievement Award in 2003, both from ASM.  He also received a Distinguished Alumnus Award from San Jose State University in 1980.  In 1993 he received the Acta Metallurgica Gold Medal and in 2001 he received the Nadai Medal from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He was elected Fellow of the American Society for Metals in 1978, Fellow of the Metallurgical Society of AIME in 1988 and Fellow of the Materials Research Society in 2011. He received the von Hippel Award from the Materials Research Society in 2007 and in 2011 was awarded the Heyn Medal of the German Society of Materials Science.  In 1987 he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering and in 2002 was elected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  Prof. Nix was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2003.

In 1966 he participated in Ford Foundation's "Residence in Engineering Practice " program as Assistant to the Director of Technology at the Stellite Division of Union Carbide Corporation.  From 1968 to 1970 Professor Nix was Director of Stanford's Center for Materials Research.  Professor Nix is engaged in research on the mechanical properties of solids.  He is principally concerned with the relation between structure and mechanical properties of materials in both thin film and bulk form and is also engaged in research on the mechanical properties of materials for lithium-ion batteries.  He is co-author of 450 publications in these and related fields and he has trained 79 Ph.D. students in these subjects in his years at Stanford.  Professor Nix teaches courses on dislocation theory and mechanical properties of materials.  He is co-author of "The Principles of Engineering Materials", published in 1973 by Prentice-Hall, Incorporated, and has just completed a textbook entitled “Imperfections in Crystalline Solids,” with Wei Cai of Stanford, to be published by Cambridge University Press as a part of a new MRS series of textbooks on the fundamentals of materials science.

More Information about Zay Jeffries Night



Meeting Location:

Crowne Plaza - Independence
5300 Rockside Road
Independence, Ohio
(216) 524 - 0700


Please register using the form below through noon on April 6th, 2015

Who is going? - List of current registrants


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