Agnew Research

We are working to develop more quantitative connections between the microstructure and properties (primarily mechanical) of advanced crystalline materials through experimentation and modeling. The properties of most crystalline materials exhibit anisotropies characteristic of their crystal symmetry and "orientation related effects" ultimately impact materials performance in every modern industry.

Current Research Projects

  • Microstructurally and Compositionally Complex Alloy Design for Enhanced Combinations of Corrosion Resistance, Strength and Ductility

    Microstructurally and Compositionally Complex Alloy Design for Enhanced Combinations of Corrosion Resistance, Strength and Ductility

    with John Scully (UVA) and Joe Poon (UVA-Physics)


    Sponsors

    Office of Naval Research (ONR)

  • Accounting for climb and cross-slip in the polycrystal plasticity of non-cubic metals

    Accounting for climb and cross-slip in the polycrystal plasticity of non-cubic metals

  • Basic Energy Sciences (BES) Effects of solute on cross-slip of dislocations in Mg alloys

    Basic Energy Sciences (BES) Effects of solute on cross-slip of dislocations in Mg alloys

  • Mitigation of Krypton-85 Storage Cannister Degradation

    Mitigation of Krypton-85 Storage Cannister Degradation

    Nuclear Energy University Partnership (NEUP) with John Scully (UVA) and Matthew Asmussen (at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL))


    Sponsors

    Department of Energy (DOE)

  • Hydrogen Embrittlement of Modern Steels and in-situ High Energy X-ray Diffraction of Modern Ti Alloys

    Hydrogen Embrittlement of Modern Steels and in-situ High Energy X-ray Diffraction of Modern Ti Alloys

    Mississippi State University - subcontract


    Sponsors

    Army Research Laboratory (ARL)

  • Jumpstart in Nuclear Materials Research Graduate Fellowship Program

    Jumpstart in Nuclear Materials Research Graduate Fellowship Program

    with Houston Wood (UVA-MAE)


    Sponsors

    Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)

  • Texture measurement using modern neutron diffractometers at the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) and the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR)

    Texture measurement using modern neutron diffractometers at the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) and the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR)

  • Embedded Long Service Life Monitoring System for Aluminum Alloy Sensitization

    Embedded Long Service Life Monitoring System for Aluminum Alloy Sensitization

  • Structure-Property Relationships for Additively Manufactured 316L Stainless Steel

    Structure-Property Relationships for Additively Manufactured 316L Stainless Steel

    with Jim Fitz-Gerald (UVA)


    Sponsors

    Naval Engineering Education Consortium (NEEC)

  • Measuring the phase transformation kinetics of U-Mo-X ternary alloys using neutron diffraction

    Measuring the phase transformation kinetics of U-Mo-X ternary alloys using neutron diffraction

Pending

  • High strength Mg alloys through combined reactions (dynamic precipitation and recrystallization) during Additive Friction Stir Deposition

    High strength Mg alloys through combined reactions (dynamic precipitation and recrystallization) during Additive Friction Stir Deposition

    with Hang Yu (VaTech)


    Sponsors

    Army Research Laboratory (ARL)

  • DMREF: Collaborative Research: Low cost, high strength and ductile Mg alloys enabled by Guinier-Preston (GP) zones

    DMREF: Collaborative Research: Low cost, high strength and ductile Mg alloys enabled by Guinier-Preston (GP) zones

    with Bi-Cheng Zhou and Jim Howe (UVA) and Derek Warner (Cornell)


    Sponsors

    National Science Foundation (NSF)