Ultra High Strength Steel

Ultra High Strength Steel

Shape specializes in producing highly engineered, energy management systems for the automotive sector that utilize the most advanced materials and processing techniques available.

Global material characterization methods, such as tensile testing, have long been established in industry. However, local formability of advanced materials is a relatively new and burgeoning area of material classification. One aspect of local formability of great interest to the automotive industry is bendability. Students on this team will establish physical testing methods that describe a material’s bending strain behavior and translate the results into numerical models for accurate processing and vehicle impact simulation. The overall benefit is the ability to fully utilize the mechanical properties of the Ultra High Strength Steels and other advanced engineering alloys used for crash impact energy management.

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Students who successfully match to this project team will be required to sign the following two documents in January 2018:

Click here to view Student IP Agreement

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How to Apply

Project Features

  • Skill level All levels
  • Students 6 Students
  • Likely Majors MSE, ME
  • Course Substitutions Honors, ME 490, ME 590
  • IP & NDA Required? Yes
  • Summer Opportunity See Complete Description for Details
  • Mechanical Engineering(2 Students)

    Macro properties, model development and testing.

    • Likely Majors: ME, GRAD
  • FEA Modeling (1 Student)

    Experience in FEA Modeling.

    • Likely Majors: ME, GRAD
  • Materials Science (2 Students)

    Physical material characterization and development of test methods. Interest in Metallurgy.

    • Likely Majors: MSE, ME, GRAD
  • Microstructural Modeling (1 Student)

    Microstructural Modeling

    • Likely Majors: MSE, ME, GRAD

Sponsor Mentor: Brian Oxley2017 Stryker projects
Product Manager
Brian Oxley is a Product Manager in the Advanced Product Development group at Shape Corp. Brian leads a team responsible for developing next generation processes and materials that compliment Shape’s focus on impact energy management and expertise in roll forming. He has a background in ferrous metallurgy and quality. Brian has a Bachelor of Science degree in Material Science and Engineering from Michigan State University.
Faculty Mentor: Mihaela Banu
Research Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Professor Banu’s research focuses on lightweight materials, with emphasis on developing micro- and nanocellulose composites, natural fiber composites and associated manufacturing processes for automotive and aerospace applications, multi-scale modeling of materials and simulation of forming processes, manufacturing of personalized dental ligaplants.