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SURF: Announcements of Opportunity

Below are Announcements of Opportunity posted by Caltech faculty and JPL technical staff for the SURF program.

Each AO indicates whether or not it is open to non-Caltech students. If an AO is NOT open to non-Caltech students, please DO NOT contact the mentor.

Announcements of Opportunity are posted as they are received. Please check back regularly for new AO submissions! Remember: This is just one way that you can go about identifying a suitable project and/or mentor. Click here for more tips on finding a mentor.

Announcements for external summer programs are listed here.

New for 2021: Students applying for JPL projects should complete a SURF@JPL application instead of a "regular" SURF application.

Students pursuing opportunities at JPL must be
U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents.

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Project:  Mesoscale modeling of microstructure evolution using massively parallel phase field simulations
Disciplines:  Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science
Mentor:  Brandon Runnels, Assistant Professor, (CCE), brunnels@uccs.edu, Phone: 719-255-3430
Mentor URL:  solids.uccs.edu  (opens in new window)
Background:  NOTE: This project is being offered by a Caltech alum and will be conducted at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Only Caltech students are eligible for this project.

Mesoscale modeling of microstructure evolution is a way to bridge information gained at the atomistic scale to provide properties that are useful at the continuum scale. In this project, we will be applying a novel phase field method for grain boundary mediated plasticity to investigate how miscrostructures evolve in the presence of an applied mechanical load.
Description:  The student will apply the phase field disconnections method to look at the migration of individual boundaries undergoing shear coupling. The project is computational in nature, and will involve C++ and python programming in a linux high performance computing environment.
References:  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scriptamat.2020.04.042
Student Requirements:  Experience with the above mentioned computational environment is beneficial, but not mandatory. For students with minimal computational experience this can be an opportunity to learn.

The student should have a basic knowledge of materials science (crystal structure, dislocations, etc.) and mechanics (stress + strain, etc.), commensurate with their academic progress.
Programs:  This AO can be done under the following programs:

  Program    Available To
       SURF    Caltech students only 

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