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Xue Wang

What is your thesis topic?
Predictive micromechanical modeling of processing and failure behavior in advanced materials joining techniques.

How is materials processing involved in your research?
My research mainly focuses on the modeling of the friction stir welding (FSW) process that, when compared with traditional fusion welding, shows several superiorities and has been widely used to join low melting temperature materials such as Al alloys. The quality of FSW process mainly depends on the processing control. For my study, the main objective is to quantify the novel material processing technique friction stir welding through an integrated computational material engineering (ICME) approach.

Provide an example of where the material/process/ properties you are studying might find an application.
Friction stir welding has been applied in many fields such as aerospace, automotive, and railways. Numerical simulation could help to understand the underlying mechanism of FSW, predict the highly nonuniform property and microstructure of the weldment, and optimize the operation parameter to improve the weldment quality.