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X-RAY RUNS: Apply for Beamtime

2017  Nov 1 - Dec 21

2018  Feb 7 - Apr 3
2018  Proposal/BTR deadline: 12/1/17

2018  Apr 11 - Jun 4
2018  Proposal/BTR deadline: 2/1/18

(Left) a specimen developed by Caterpillar Inc. for validating a lap welding model. (Right) the model prediction of the stress component normal to weld with 2 experimental residual stress measurements, one using a white beam and Energy Dispersive Diffraction (EDD) and the other using monochromatic x-rays to replicate a lab source experiment. Both measurements are consistent with the model.

Funding from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) has specifically targeted bringing industry to the beamline by providing enhanced user support. Creation of new industrial users has been a primary goal of InSitμ; we employ a new approach to proposals by forming Industrial Project Teams (IPTs) composed of faculty and students from academia, post-docs and synchrotron experts from CHESS, and scientists and engineers from industry. The IPTs originate from discussions that InSitμ management with potential industrial partner organizations. InSitμ management also identify faculty and graduate students who are interested in joining the IPTs based on common interests in the underlying materials research. Together with InSitμ staff at CHESS, these teams identify and analyze industrial challenges, configure or design experimental data collection and modeling tools, and solve materials problems. As a location that hosts the x-ray data collection facilities and main computing cluster, CHESS hosts IPT activities and serves as a central meeting place.

Armand Beaudoin, center, Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, is the industrial liaison of InSitμ. In addition to nearly 20 years as a UIUC faculty member, Professor Beaudoin brings years of experience in the aluminum metals industry. A full time research assistant and post-doctoral researcher join Beaudoin on the InSitμ staff.