Peijun Hou joined Dr. Hahn Choo’s research group as a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK), in August 2014. Prior to coming to UTK, Mr. Hou received his Bachelor of Engineering in civil engineering in 2009 and his Master of Science in engineering mechanics in 2014 from Dalian University of Technology, China.
At UTK, Mr. Hou’s research is focused on fluid dynamics modeling of the dynamic recrystallization processes in Mg alloys during friction stir processing. Additionally, he is currently working on an industrial project involving the investigation of texture development and phase transformation in stainless steel alloys when manufactured by deep drawing process. Specifically, Mr. Hou is studying the effects of the resulting distribution of residual stresses in deep drawn cups on delayed cracking. For this investigation, he is obtaining experimental in-situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction data at Advanced Photon Source (Argonne National Laboratory) and neutron diffraction data at the Spallation Neutron Source (Oak Ridge National Laboratory).