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Materials characterization and performance of additively-manufactured alloys


Material Measurement Laboratory, Materials Science and Engineering Division

opportunity location
50.64.21.C0192 Gaithersburg, MD

NIST only participates in the February and August reviews.


name email phone
Lyle Edward Levine 301.975.6032
Mark R. Stoudt 301.975.6025


The extreme processing conditions of metal additive manufacturing create inhomogeneous materials that can include intense localized compositional gradients, elongated microstructures, highly anisotropic local and macroscopic stresses that approach the flow stress, and unexpected crystalline phases.  This research will use state-of-the-art materials characterization capabilities to correlate local microstructures (before and after post-build thermal-mechanical processing) with location-specific, in situ thermal measurements during the build process.  Material characterization includes SEM and TEM methods, lab and synchrotron X-ray diffraction, DSC, dilatometry, synchrotron X-ray and neutron residual stress measurements at multiple length scales, and synchrotron ultra-small-angle X-ray scattering.  Correlations will also be made between microstructure and materials property measurements (hardness, tensile, fatigue, etc.)


key words
Additive manufacturing; Metals; Materials characterization; SEM; TEM; XRD; SAXS; DSC; Residual stress


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral applicants


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$82,764.00 $3,000.00
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