The innovation engine for new materials

Christine Flores

School: 

Monte Vista Middle School

Grade Level: 

Junior High

Teaching Position: 

7 & 8th grade General Science and Agriculture

Supervisor: 

Colleen Reynolds

Mentor: 

Tresa Pollock

Research Project Year: 

2019

Research Project Title: 

Multi-Principal Element Alloys: Exploration, Design, and Understanding

Research Project Description: 

Metallic materials have proven immensely useful, with specific applications in different naval systems, like ships, submarines, sea-based aircraft, and hypersonic vehicles. When considering which materials to use in such challenging environments, metallic alloys are obvious choices because of outstanding properties in strength and resilience. More recently, multi-principal element (MPE) alloys have emerged as a promising new class of advanced metallic materials. Funded by the Office of Naval Research, this research project aims to revolutionize our ability to design, explore and understand the processing, properties and environmental behavior of refractory MPE alloys. By focusing on refractory metals, the exceptional properties of MPE alloys are enhanced by the known heat-resistant and strong features of refractory metals. Advancements in this research area are especially promising given gaps in current knowledge about refractory MPE alloys paves way for this research to break ground. My specific project focused on the preparation and characterization of pure niobium using a variety of lab equipment. I also helped create an alloy of Titanium, Molydbenum and Niobium using Arc Melting techniques and characterized the product using Scanning Electron Microscopy.

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