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India R.

Jones
Undergraduate Research Assistant Industrial and Systems Engineering

Collaborators

Kunigal Shivakumar and Matthew Sharpe NC A&T - Center for Composite Materials Research
K.T. Ramesh, Matthew Shaeffer, and K. Eswar Prasad Johns Hopkins University - Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University

Research Experience
NC A&T Polymer Matrix Composite Applications

Mg and Mg Alloys
NC A&T Engineering Research Center Biomedical Applications

Johns Hopkins Vehicle Armor Applications * Shocks *Blasts


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Magnesium Applications
Automobile Aircraft Vehicle armor

Fig. 8 Some automotive components made of Mg alloy and obtained weight reduction. N.d. Photograph. Magnesium and Its Alloys Applications in Automotive Industry. London: Springer-Verlag, 2007. 858. Print. www.ncat.edu

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Advantages of Magnesium
Comparison of Specific Properties

Relatively abundant Eighth most abundant metal in the Earths crust

Lightest of all engineering metals (1.7 g/cm)


High specific strength

Fig. 4 Comparison of Basic Structural Properties of Magnesium with Al and Iron. N.d. Photograph. Magnesium and Its Alloys Applications in Automotive Industry. London: Springer-Verlag, 2007. 854. Print.
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Challenges of Magnesium
Complex deformation behavior Corrosion resistance Recyclability

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At Johns Hopkins University


Understanding microstructure of Mg (ECAP 3N Mg) and Mg alloys (ECAP AZ31) Polishing
Etching
10% HNO and 90% Distilled water

Grain boundaries of ECAP 3N Mg after etching.

Microscopy
HEMI group at JHU conducted dynamic test to characterize materials for vehicle armor applications

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Summary
At NC A&T we are making comparative studies of Mg and Mg alloys, as well as carbon and glass composites for transportation and vehicle armor applications.

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