Review Article

Interdisciplinary Research on Designing Engineering Material Systems: Results From a National Science Foundation Workshop

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Raymundo Arroyave

Department of Materials Science and Eng.,
Texas A&M University,
College Station, TX 77843
e-mail: rarroyave@tamu.edu

Samantha Shields

Teaching, Learning and Culture Department,
Texas A&M University,
College Station, TX 77843

Chi-Ning Chang

Educational Psychology Department,
Texas A&M University,
College Station, TX 77843

Debra Fowler

Center for Teaching Excellence,
Texas A&M University,
College Station, TX 77843

Richard Malak

Department of Mechanical Eng.,
Texas A&M University,
College Station, TX 77843
e-mail: rmalak@tamu.edu

Douglas Allaire

Department of Mechanical Eng.,
Texas A&M University,
College Station, TX 77843
e-mail: dallaire@tamu.edu

1Corresponding author.

Contributed by the Design Engineering Division of ASME for publication in the JOURNAL OF MECHANICAL DESIGN. Manuscript received April 17, 2018; final manuscript received August 6, 2018; published online September 10, 2018. Editor: Wei Chen.

J. Mech. Des 140(11), 110801 (Sep 10, 2018) (9 pages) Paper No: MD-18-1319; doi: 10.1115/1.4041177 History: Received April 17, 2018; Revised August 06, 2018

We present the results from a workshop on interdisciplinary research on design of engineering material systems, sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The workshop was prompted by the need to foster a culture of interdisciplinary collaboration between the engineering design and materials communities. The workshop addressed the following: (i) conceptual barriers between materials and engineering design research communities; (ii) research questions that the interdisciplinary field of materials design should focus on; (iii) processes and metrics to be used to validate research activities and outcomes on materials design; and (iv) strategies to sustain and grow the interdisciplinary field. This contribution presents a summary of the state of the field—elicited through extensive guided discussions between representatives of both communities—and a snapshot of research activities that have emerged since the workshop. Based on the increasing level of sophistication of interdisciplinary research programs on design of materials it is apparent that the field is growing and has great potential to play a key role in a vibrant interdisciplinary materials innovation ecosystem. Sustaining such efforts will contribute significantly to the advancement of technologies that will impact many industries and will enhance society-wide health, security, and economic well-being.

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Fig. 1

Network representation of workshop participants: blue nodes correspond to capabilities of participants, while yellow nodes indicate needs or capability gaps. The relative size of the nodes corresponds to the frequency at which each of the different capabilities/capability gaps was stated by the participants.

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The adaptive design loop of Xue et al. [25], used under CC-BY 4.0

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Fig. 4

Notional depiction of multiscale topology optimization [34]. Reprinted by permission of Springer, Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, Copyright 2016.

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Flowchart of a proposed approach for evaluating design methodologies [21]

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The three core disciplines in the interdisciplinary graduate program, D3EM, at Texas A&M University

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Three microstructures with clearly contrasting architectural features and their spatial statistics [42] (Reprinted with permission from Elsevier and Acta Materialia, copyright 2017)



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