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Thomas Edison once said “I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.” The Edisonian approach to materials development has been the gold standard for most of human history. However, advances in computational speeds and modeling techniques over the last couple of decades have enabled new model-driven approaches to materials development, as manifested in the Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME) and Materials Genome Initiative (MGI) efforts. By designing and simulating new materials in a computational environment, we can dramatically cut down on the cost and time associated with the Edisonian approach to material development. At Michigan Tech, we have employed this technique to develop new materials for high-voltage power transmission lines and aerospace structures.
Engineering Mechanics | Mechanical Engineering
Odegard, Gregory M., "Model-driven design of materials" (2017). TechTalks. 41.