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QCML and WIU received $2.25M of funding for Year 6 (2021-2022) on a ballistic protection research program with Army Research Lab

QCML and WIU have received $2.25M for year 6 (2021-2022) of a ballistic protection research program with Army Research Lab. Dr. Eric J. Faierson is the Principal Investigator for QCML & WIU on the program.  QCML is partnered with University of North Texas (Principal Investigator: Dr. Rajiv Mishra), University of Illinois, and Iowa State in this year of the program.  Faculty from University of Illinois (Dr. Iwona Jasiuk and Dr. Kathryn Matlack) and Iowa State University (Dr. Peter Collins) will bring enhanced computational materials and computational structural modeling capabilities to the program.  Funding is included in this year of the program for QCML to acquire a larger capacity Spark Plasma Sintering system, which will allow fabrication of larger armor ceramic panels, and thus enable more extensive ballistic tests to be conducted on new materials developed in this program.  Funding will also be used to purchase equipment to produce custom alloy rod feedstock for the powder atomizer acquired on the program last year, which enables production of small scale batches of new alloys for use in 3D metal printing.  This year’s research will focus on the following areas related to ballistic protection applications: advanced ceramics, alloy development for additive manufacturing, design and fabrication of novel lattice structures using additive manufacturing, and computational modeling of materials and structures.  Undergraduate and graduate students will be incorporated into the program to gain hands-on experience in advanced materials, manufacturing, and modeling for ballistic protection.

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