2022 Workshop on Methods for Three-Dimensional Microstructure Studies

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The Materials Science & Engineering Department of Carnegie Mellon University will host a workshop on 3D Microstructures August 17-19, 2022, in collaboration with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and Bluequartz Software. The workshop is intended for researchers at all levels and will combine presentations on 3D microstructure science as well as practical presentations on the tools and methods for reconstructing, analyzing and synthesizing 3D microstructures. A particular focus of the workshop is on 3D orientation maps, constructed from EBSD serial sections, transmission X-ray measurements, or synthetic microstructures. Participants in the workshop will learn how to use Dream3D, 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 package is tightly integrated with ParaView, which is a freely available visualization software tool. Both of these tools run on all standard computers.

The workshop will consist of three types of presentations. Roughly one third of the presentations will be about state of the art 3D materials research. Another third of the presentations will be tutorials illustrating the capabilities and uses of Dream3D. The final third of the workshop will be practical sessions in which you can work on your own project with the guidance of the speakers. One set of practical sessions will be for those participants who would like to analyze their own 3D data (we will provide data to those who do not have it). The second set will be for those who would like to develop their own Dream3D filters. So that you can follow the tutorials and participate in the practical sessions, it will be necessary to have your own computer at the workshop.

If you are unable to travel to Pittsburgh, remote participate is also available.

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Program Highlights

1) Five invited lectures by innovators of 3D techniques:
Jerard Gordon, University of Michigan: Evaluating grain scale deformation behaviors in complex concentrated alloys via synchrotron high energy diffraction microscopy
Amanda Krause, Carnegie Mellon University: Observations of grain growth with 4D x-ray diffraction microscopy
Victoria Miller, University of Florida: Capturing crystallographic texture and its evolution during processing
Krzysztof Stopka, Purdue University: Modeling fatigue using digital microstructures: Applications of DREAM3D
Long-Qing Chen, Penn State University: An efficient software tool for computing effective properties of 3D microstructures
2) Reconstruction of EBSD serial section data
3) Analysis of 3D microstructures
4) Generation of synthetic 3D digital microstructures, including surface meshing of grain boundary networks
5) Lectures on the latest developments in 3D microstructure science.


Workshop Agenda


G.S. Rohrer, M. De Graef, A.D. Rollett, S. Donegan, M. Jackson
(Point of contact: rohrer@cmu.edu)


August 17-19, 2022


Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Bosch Sparks Conference Room (Scott Hall 5201)


A block of hotel rooms at Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center will be available for participants through the registration website below or here

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Venue 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 walking directions from Wyndham to Scott Hall - The meeting is in the Bosch Spark Conference Room (Scott Hall 5201).

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The Wyndham also has a free shuttle to campus if you do not care to walk.

Pittsburgh International Airport is approximately 30 miles from CMU Campus.

Pittsburgh Public Transportation
*The 28X Bus (see 28x schedule) will take you from the airport directly to campus. The bus stop is at the corner of Forbes and Morewood Ave. Fare is approximately $2.75 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

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Page last updated August 16, 2022.