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Fatigue-Resistant High-Performance Elastocaloric Materials Via Additive Manufacturing, Huilong Hou, Emrah Simsek, Tao Ma, Nathan S. Johnson, Suxin Qian, Cheikh Cissé, Drew Stasak, Naila Al Hasan, Lin Zhou, Yunho Hwang, Reinhard Radermacher, Valery I. Levitas, Matthew J. Kramer, Mohsen Asle Zaeem, Aaron P. Stebner, Ryan T. Ott, Jun Cui, Ichiro Takeuchi Aug 2019

Fatigue-Resistant High-Performance Elastocaloric Materials Via Additive Manufacturing, Huilong Hou, Emrah Simsek, Tao Ma, Nathan S. Johnson, Suxin Qian, Cheikh Cissé, Drew Stasak, Naila Al Hasan, Lin Zhou, Yunho Hwang, Reinhard Radermacher, Valery I. Levitas, Matthew J. Kramer, Mohsen Asle Zaeem, Aaron P. Stebner, Ryan T. Ott, Jun Cui, Ichiro Takeuchi

Aerospace Engineering Publications

Elastocaloric cooling, which exploits the latent heat released and absorbed as stress-induced phase transformations are reversibly cycled in shape memory alloys, has recently emerged as a frontrunner in non-vapor-compression cooling technologies. The intrinsically high thermodynamic efficiency of elastocaloric materials is limited only by work hysteresis. Here, we report on creating high-performance low-hysteresis elastocaloric cooling materials via additive manufacturing of Titanium-Nickel (Ti-Ni) alloys. Contrary to established knowledge of the physical metallurgy of Ti-Ni alloys, intermetallic phases are found to be beneficial to elastocaloric performances when they are combined with the binary Ti-Ni compound in nanocomposite configurations. The resulting microstructure gives rise ...


Kinetics Of The Γ–Δ Phase Transition In Energetic Nitramine-Octahydro-1,3,5,7-Tetranitro-1,3,5,7-Tetrazocine, P. Bowlan, B. F. Henson, L. Smilowitz, Valery I. Levitas, N. Suvorova, D. Oschwald Jan 2019

Kinetics Of The Γ–Δ Phase Transition In Energetic Nitramine-Octahydro-1,3,5,7-Tetranitro-1,3,5,7-Tetrazocine, P. Bowlan, B. F. Henson, L. Smilowitz, Valery I. Levitas, N. Suvorova, D. Oschwald

Aerospace Engineering Publications

The solid, secondary explosive nitramine-octahydro-1,3,5,7-tetranitro-1,3,5,7 or HMX has four different stable polymorphs which have different molecular conformations, crystalline structures, and densities, making structural phase transitions between these nontrivial. Previous studies of the kinetics of the βδ HMX structural transition found this to happen by a nucleation and growth mechanism, where growth was governed by the heat of fusion, or melting, even though the phase transition temperature is more than 100 K below the melting point. A theory known as virtual melting could easily justify this since the large volume difference in the two ...


Imaging Stress And Magnetism At High Pressures Using A Nanoscale Quantum Sensor, S. Hsieh, P. Bhattacharyya, C. Zu, T. Mittiga, T. J. Smart, F. Machado, B. Kobrin, T. O. Hohn, N. Z. Rui, Mehdi Kamrani, S. Chatterjee, S. Choi, M. Zaletel, V. V. Struzhkin, J. E. Moore, Valery I. Levitas, R. Jeanloz, N. Y. Yao Dec 2018

Imaging Stress And Magnetism At High Pressures Using A Nanoscale Quantum Sensor, S. Hsieh, P. Bhattacharyya, C. Zu, T. Mittiga, T. J. Smart, F. Machado, B. Kobrin, T. O. Hohn, N. Z. Rui, Mehdi Kamrani, S. Chatterjee, S. Choi, M. Zaletel, V. V. Struzhkin, J. E. Moore, Valery I. Levitas, R. Jeanloz, N. Y. Yao

Aerospace Engineering Publications

Pressure alters the physical, chemical and electronic properties of matter. The development of the diamond anvil cell (DAC) enables tabletop experiments to investigate a diverse landscape of high-pressure phenomena ranging from the properties of planetary interiors to transitions between quantum mechanical phases. In this work, we introduce and utilize a novel nanoscale sensing platform, which integrates nitrogen-vacancy (NV) color centers directly into the culet (tip) of diamond anvils. We demonstrate the versatility of this platform by performing diffraction-limited imaging (~600 nm) of both stress fields and magnetism, up to pressures ~30 GPa and for temperatures ranging from 25-340 K. For ...


Lattice Instability During Solid-Solid Structural Transformations Under A General Applied Stress Tensor: Example Of Si I → Si Ii With Metallization, Nikolai A. Zarkevich, Hao Chen, Valery I. Levitas, Duane D. Johnson Oct 2018

Lattice Instability During Solid-Solid Structural Transformations Under A General Applied Stress Tensor: Example Of Si I → Si Ii With Metallization, Nikolai A. Zarkevich, Hao Chen, Valery I. Levitas, Duane D. Johnson

Aerospace Engineering Publications

The density functional theory was employed to study the stress-strain behavior and elastic instabilities during the solid-solid phase transformation (PT) when subjected to a general stress tensor, as exemplified for semiconducting Si I and metallic Si II, where metallization precedes the PT, so stressed Si I can be a metal. The hydrostatic PT occurs at 76 GPa, while under uniaxial loading it is 11 GPa (3.7 GPa mean pressure), 21 times lower. The Si I → Si II PT is described by a critical value of the phase-field’s modified transformation work, and the PT criterion has only two parameters ...


Fem Modeling Of Plastic Flow And Strain-Induced Phase Transformation In Bn Under High Pressure And Large Shear In A Rotational Diamond Anvil Cell, Biao Feng, Valery I. Levitas, Wanghui Li Jan 2018

Fem Modeling Of Plastic Flow And Strain-Induced Phase Transformation In Bn Under High Pressure And Large Shear In A Rotational Diamond Anvil Cell, Biao Feng, Valery I. Levitas, Wanghui Li

Aerospace Engineering Publications

Combined three-dimensional plastic flow and strain-induced phase transformation (PT) in boron nitride (BN) under high pressure and large shear in a rotational diamond anvil cell (rotational DAC or RDAC) are investigated. Geometrically nonlinear frameworks including finite elastic, transformational, and plastic deformations and finite element method (FEM) are utilized. Quantitative information is obtained on the evolutions of the stress tensor, plastic strain, volume fraction of phases in the entire sample, and slip-cohesion transitions, all during torsion under a fixed compressive load in RDAC. The effects of the applied compressive stress and the sample radius on PT and plastic flow are discussed ...


Phase Transitions And Their Interaction With Dislocations In Silicon, Valery I. Levitas, Hao Chen, Liming Xiong Jan 2018

Phase Transitions And Their Interaction With Dislocations In Silicon, Valery I. Levitas, Hao Chen, Liming Xiong

Aerospace Engineering Publications

In this paper, phase transformations (PTs) in silicon were investigated through molecular dynamics (MD) using Tersoff potential. In the first step, simulations of PTs in single crystal silicon under various stress-controlled loading were carried out. Results shows that all instability points under various stress states are described by criteria, which are linear in the space of normal stresses. There is a region in the stress space in which conditions for direct and reverse PTs coincide and a unique homogeneous phase transition (without nucleation) can be realized. Finally, phase transition in bi-crystalline silicon with a dislocation pileup along the grain boundary ...


High Pressure Phase Transformations Revisited, Valery I. Levitas Jan 2018

High Pressure Phase Transformations Revisited, Valery I. Levitas

Aerospace Engineering Publications

High pressure phase transformations play an important role in the search for new materials and material synthesis, as well as in geophysics. However, they are poorly characterized, and phase transformation pressure and pressure hysteresis vary drastically in experiments of different researchers, with different pressure transmitting media, and with different material suppliers. Here we review the current state, challenges in studying phase transformations under high pressure, and the possible ways in overcoming the challenges. This field is critically compared with fields of phase transformations under normal pressure in steels and shape memory alloys, as well as plastic deformation of materials. The ...


Triaxial-Stress-Induced Homogeneous Hysteresis-Free First-Order Phase Transformations With Stable Intermediate Phases, Valery I. Levitas, Hao Chen, Liming Xiong Jan 2017

Triaxial-Stress-Induced Homogeneous Hysteresis-Free First-Order Phase Transformations With Stable Intermediate Phases, Valery I. Levitas, Hao Chen, Liming Xiong

Aerospace Engineering Publications

Starting with thermodynamic predictions and following with molecular dynamics simulations, special triaxial compression-tension states were found for which the stresses for the instability of the crystal lattice of silicon (Si) are the same for direct and reverse phase transformations (PTs) between semiconducting Si I and metallic Si II phases. This leads to unique homogeneous and hysteresis-free first-order PTs, for which each intermediate crystal lattice along the transformation path is in indifferent thermodynamic equilibrium and can be arrested and studied by fixing the strain in one direction. By approaching these stress states, a traditional two-phase system continuously transforms to homogenous intermediate ...


An Experimental Study On The Characteristics Of Wind-Driven Surface Water Film Flows By Using A Multi-Transducer Ultrasonic Pulse-Echo Technique, Yang Liu, Wen-Li Chen, Leonard J. Bond, Hui Hu Jan 2017

An Experimental Study On The Characteristics Of Wind-Driven Surface Water Film Flows By Using A Multi-Transducer Ultrasonic Pulse-Echo Technique, Yang Liu, Wen-Li Chen, Leonard J. Bond, Hui Hu

Aerospace Engineering Publications

An experimental study was conducted to investigate the characteristics of surface water film flows driven by boundary layer winds over a test plate in order to elucidate the underlying physics pertinent to dynamic water runback processes over ice accreting surfaces of aircraft wings. A multi-transducer ultrasonic pulse-echo (MTUPE) technique was developed and applied to achieve non-intrusive measurements of water film thickness as a function of time and space to quantify the transient behaviors of wind-driven surface water filmflows. The effects of key controlling parameters, including freestream velocity of the airflow and flow rate of the water film, on the dynamics ...


Phase Field Simulations Of Plastic Strain-Induced Phase Transformations Under High Pressure And Large Shear, Mahdi Javanbakht, Valery I. Levitas Dec 2016

Phase Field Simulations Of Plastic Strain-Induced Phase Transformations Under High Pressure And Large Shear, Mahdi Javanbakht, Valery I. Levitas

Aerospace Engineering Publications

Pressure and shear strain-induced phase transformations (PTs) in a nanograined bicrystal at the evolving dislocations pile-up have been studied utilizing a phase field approach (PFA). The complete system of PFA equations for coupled martensitic PT, dislocation evolution, and mechanics at large strains is presented and solved using the finite element method (FEM). The nucleation pressure for the high-pressure phase (HPP) under hydrostatic conditions near a single dislocation was determined to be 15.9 GPa. Under shear, a dislocation pile-up that appears in the left grain creates strong stress concentration near its tip and significantly increases the local thermodynamic driving force ...


Phase Field Approach With Anisotropic Interface Energy And Interface Stresses: Large Strain Formulation, Valery I. Levitas, James A. Warren Jun 2016

Phase Field Approach With Anisotropic Interface Energy And Interface Stresses: Large Strain Formulation, Valery I. Levitas, James A. Warren

Aerospace Engineering Publications

A thermodynamically consistent, large-strain, multi-phase field approach (with consequent interface stresses) is generalized for the case with anisotropic interface (gradient) energy (e.g. an energy density that depends both on the magnitude and direction of the gradients in the phase fields). Such a generalization, if done in the “usual” manner, yields a theory that can be shown to be manifestly unphysical. These theories consider the gradient energy as anisotropic in the deformed configuration, and, due to this supposition, several fundamental contradictions arise. First, the Cauchy stress tensor is non-symmetric and, consequently, violates the moment of momentum principle, in essence the ...


Simulation Of Chemical Mechanical Planarization Of Copper With Molecular Dynamics, Y. Ye, Rana Biswas, Ashraf F. Bastawros, Abhijit Chandra Sep 2002

Simulation Of Chemical Mechanical Planarization Of Copper With Molecular Dynamics, Y. Ye, Rana Biswas, Ashraf F. Bastawros, Abhijit Chandra

Aerospace Engineering Publications

With an aim to understanding the fundamental mechanisms underlying chemical mechanical planarization ~CMP! of copper, we simulate the nanoscale polishing of a copper surface with molecular dynamics utilizing the embedded atom method. Mechanical abrasion produces rough planarized surfaces with a large chip in front of the abrasive particle, and dislocations in the bulk of the crystal. The addition of chemical dissolution leads to very smooth planarized copper surfaces and considerably smaller frictional forces that prevent the formation of bulk dislocations. This is a first step towards understanding the interplay between mechanistic material abrasion and chemical dissolution in chemical mechanical planarization ...