Yan Li, CSULB assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering, has been awarded a nearly $800,000 grant from the U.S. Army Research Lab to fund research leading to development of stronger, tougher materials.
It’s not difficult to create materials that are tough, or can handle much deformation before fracturing. But creating materials that have both attributes is another matter.
“Achieving high strength and high toughness in materials—this is a big challenge,” said Yan Li, CSULB assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering.
A nearly $800,000 grant Li has been awarded from the U.S. Army Research Lab will fund research leading to development of stronger, tougher materials. First-year funding of $200,000 will go toward the purchase of a very important piece of equipment—a powerful digital image camera.
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Engineers associated with the U.S. Army Research Lab work on everything from stronger helmets and safer vehicles to the development of new materials and energy sources. On Thursday, ARL’s Steve C. Taulbee visited the CSULB College of Engineering to talk about ARL’s Open Campus Initiative.
“We want to collaborate as much as we can with major universities,” said Taulbee. “We realize we’re in a military environment. You have to go through a gate. You may have to have a security clearance. There are things that prohibit open collaboration.”
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