Seminar of Prof. Alan Luo, from Ohio State University and Director of the “Lightweight Materials and Manufacturing Research Lab”, entitled “Lightweight materials and sustainable manufacturing: the role of ICME”. September 5th, at 12:00, in the Seminar Room.


Lightweight materials including aluminum, magnesium and titanium alloys and metal matrix composites are increasingly being used in the transportation and manufacturing industries to reduce energy consumption and carbon footprint. Emerging materials including high entropy alloys, bioresorbable magnesium alloys and densified superwood materials are also promising in new engineering and biomedical applications. Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME) is defined as the integration of materials information, captured in computational tools, with engineering product performance analysis and manufacturing-process simulation. This talk presents some examples of lightweight material design and development using CALPHAD-based ICME approach. The talk will also summarize some of the latest innovations in sustainable casting, extrusion, sheet forming and multi-material manufacturing processes. For example, super vacuum die casting (SVDC) process is developed to produce high-integrity and thin-wall aluminum and magnesium die castings, which is seeing tremendous growth in electrical vehicle applications. Advanced solidification and precipitation models for light alloys has been developed based on computational thermodynamics and kinetics, combined with microstructure and process modeling techniques. These ICME models are integrated to predict location-specific mechanical properties, based on location-specific microstructure, of solidification (casting and additive manufacturing) products.


Alan Luo is Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Integrated Systems Engineering (Manufacturing) at The Ohio State University (OSU) in Columbus, OH. Prof. Luo is an elected Fellow of the American Society of Metals (ASM) and the Society for Automotive Engineers (SAE). He has 21 patents and more than 320 technical publications on advanced materials and manufacturing, specializing in lightweight materials and applications. Prior to joining OSU in 2013, Dr. Luo was a GM Technical Fellow at General Motors Global Research and Development Center (Warren, MI) with 20 years of industrial experience. He received Ralph Boyer Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Engineering Innovation at OSU. He won two John Campbell Awards for his fundamental research, and three Charles McCuen Awards for research applications at General Motors. He has also received many national and international awards such as The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) Bruce Chalmers Award, Light Metals Technology Award and Brimacombe Medalist Award, SAE Forest McFarland Award, ASM Materials Science Research Silver Medal Award and Merton Flemings Award for Scientific Achievements.