MSE WORKSHOP: Methods for 3D Microstructural Studies

Carnegie Mellon University will host a workshop on 3D Microstructures July 8-10, 2015, in collaboration with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Bluequartz Software, the Center for Multiscale Modeling for Engineering Materials (CM2EM), the Materials Science & Engineering Dept. and the Physics Dept. The workshop is intended to provide researchers at all levels with tools and methods for reconstructing, analyzing and synthesizing 3D microstructures. A particular focus of the methods is on the use of crystallographic orientation (texture), whether for reconstructing a 3D image from EBSD serial sections, or for generating representative microstructures with orientations assigned for each grain. Many of the methods were developed by the faculty in the CMU in parallel with work at Ohio State and AFRL. Much of the development at CMU was supported by the MIMP (Mesoscale Interface Mapping Project), whose mission was to understand the mechanistic origins of the grain boundary character distribution, a five-dimensional materials specific quantity, and its influence on the macroscopic properties and performance of polycrystalline materials. The focus of the workshop will be on teaching participants how to use Dream.3D, which is a freely available software package that performs a wide range of functions for reconstructions of 3D microstructures, statistical analysis and generation of representative volume elements. The standard input is a stack of orientation maps such as EBSD maps from serial sectioning or synchrotron data sets. The package is tightly integrated with Paraview, which is a freely available visualization software that, like Dream.3D, runs on all standard computers.

Program Highlights

The 3D Microstructure Workshop will focus on the characterization of 3D microstructures and grain boundary properties, quantifying and predicting microstructural evolution, and linking materials properties to microstructures.

The school will combine lectures on relevant topics and hands-on exercises with Dream.3D. Two main topics will be addressed:
1) Reconstruction of EBSD serial section data; 2) Analysis of 3D microstructures; and 3) Generation of synthetic 3D digital microstructures, including surface meshing of grain boundary networks. Lectures will include topics such as serial sectioning, use of high-energy synchrotron radiation for 3D microstructure mapping, and analysis of Grain Boundary Character Distributions (GBCD).


Organizers: M. De Graef, A.D. Rollett, M.A. Groeber, M. Jackson

Invited Speakers: TBD

Dates: July 8-10, 2015

Location: Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Accommodations: A block of hotel rooms at the Wyndham University Center (15 min walk to campus) will be available for participants through the registration website below.

Registration Fee: $150

Agenda for the meeting will be posted in June 2015.

Pittsburgh Information: Carnegie Mellon University is located in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The campus is located near several area parks, museums and restaurants for visitors.

Google Map of CMU - Includes walking directions from Wyndham to Roberts Hall (Singleton Room is on the 4th floor) for the meeting.

Pittsburgh International Airport is approximately 40 miles from CMU Campus.

Pittsburgh Public Transportation
*The 28X Bus will take you from the airport directly to campus. The bus stop is at the corner of Forbes and Morewood Ave. Fare is approximately $3.75 each way. The bus will also stop by the Wyndham Hotel, get off either at Forbes and Bigelow or Bellefield and Fifth. Hotel is 1-2 blocks from bus stop. See Google Map above for details