SD Mines teams with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for cold weather research

RAPID CITY, S.D. — The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology is partnering with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Engineer Research and Development Center’s Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL) on a new project.

Mines Crrel Group Photo1The project, called Materials and Manufacturing for Cold Regions, includes a five-year, $11.2 million grant to fund faculty and student research at Mines from multiple engineering and science disciplines.

Advanced materials will be developed by the team, as well as manufacturing technology in support of the U.S. Army’s global military objectives in cold and remote regions.

“We are delighted to partner with CRREL,” says Dr. Grant Crawford, professor of materials and metallurgical engineering at South Dakota Mines. “Through this partnership we will apply materials and manufacturing research expertise and infrastructure, developed over the past two decades by numerous Mines faculty, staff and students, to support the critical needs of our nation’s armed forces. It’s a perfect opportunity for us and we look forward to the new partnership.”

CRREL solves interdisciplinary and strategically important challenges for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Army, Department of Defense, and the nation. They advance and apply science and engineering to complex environments, materials, and processes in all seasons and climates with unique core competencies related to the Earth’s cold regions.

Mines faculty and students will focus on three main research areas in support of CRREL:

  • Advanced Materials: This includes lightweight composites that offer thermal insulation and low temperature ballistics capability to support armor for soldiers, equipment, vehicles and structures. This also includes multifunctional shape memory materials that can be used for damage tolerant devices and energy harvesting in cold environments.
  • Advanced Repair and Manufacturing Technologies: This includes friction stir welding/processing and cold spray technologies that can be used to repair broken parts and produce lightweight structures in cold regions.
  • Advanced Coatings: This includes both thick and thin film coatings that offer advanced wear and corrosion resistance, anti-icing capability, and are tailored for use in earths cold regions to extend the lifetime of equipment, structures and devices.

Several Mines faculty and researchers are involved in the project including Dr. Grant Crawford, Dr. David Salem, Dr. Bharat Jasthi, Dr. Nick Bruno, Dr. Forest Thompson, Dr. Satish Bhattiprolu, Dr. Leila Sorkhi, Joshua Hammell, Todd Curtis, Michael Carter and James Tomich.

Thirteen members of CRREL and the Engineer Research and Development Center joined Mines researchers for a meeting on the Mines campus in August.

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