QuesTek Leads D3D Computational Materials Design Consortium
Evanston, IL, October 10, 2005 – QuesTek Innovations LLC announced that it has received a major multi-year contract from the Office of Naval Research and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to lead a multi-university/government/industry consortium that will create and disseminate a suite of next generation, science-based, 3-dimensional computational materials design engineering tools.
Members of the “D3D Digital Structure” Design Consortium include Northwestern University, the Colorado School of Mines, Georgia Tech Research Institute, the University of Michigan, and MIT. The goal of this 5-year initiative is to provide high-fidelity 3D simulation of the dynamic evolution of microstructures in materials processing in support of the accelerated design, development and qualification of new materials. Validation of the computational materials design models will employ 3D microstructural reconstruction through a combination of state-of-the-art Local Electrode Atom-Probe (LEAP) analysis and Femtosecond Laser Tomography, in addition to enhanced quantum physics and chemistry-based software tools. Demonstration cases of the enhanced 3D computational design tools will be drawn from U.S. Navy applications requiring new high performance ferrous alloys. Scientific Forming Technologies Corporation, who is also a Team member, will facilitate the commercial dissemination of these next generation 3D design tools.
QuesTek Innovations LLC (www.questek.com) is a global leader in Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME) technologies, serving government and industrial private sectors. Using its proprietary Materials by Design® methodology, QuesTek has rapidly developed breakthrough alloys (based on Fe, Cu, Al, Ti, Co, Mo, W systems), coatings, powders, and other materials that provide improved performance, reduced capital (as well as operating and maintenance costs) and provide competitive advantage. QuesTek has developed four steels that are being used in demanding aerospace and other applications, has a large portfolio of other materials nearing commercialization with more than 20 US patents awarded/pending and relevant international IP coverage. For more information, please contact Jeff Grabowski.