2023 Workshop on Methods for Three-Dimensional Microstructure Studies

August 16-18, 2023
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA

The workshop has concluded. Thank you to the 63 registered participants and all the presenters. The 2024 workshop will be held August 14th through 16th, 2024, at Carnegie Mellon. The link to the 2024 website is here.


The Materials Science & Engineering Department of Carnegie Mellon University will host a workshop on 3D Microstructures August 16-18, 2023, 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 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 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 DREAM.3D. 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. These sessions are for those participants who would like to analyze their own 3D data (we will provide data to those who do not have it). 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.

Program Highlights

1) Invited lectures by innovators of 3D techniques
Ashley Spear, University of Utah, Characterizing Microstructure-sensitive Mechanical Response of Open-cell Metal Foams using High-fidelity Models and In-situ Experiments
Carl Krill, University of Ulm Probing the mysteries of grain growth in 3D: Cyril Stanley Smith, German beer and the "Attack of the Green Monster!"
McLean Echlin, University of California, Santa Barbara, Next Generation TriBeam Microscopes Enabling Mesoscale 3D Data
Ashwin Shahani, University of Michigan, Three-dimensional measurements of intergranular percolation: a test of theory
Cindy He, University of New South Wales Progress in characterization of 3D printed alloys via plasma focused ion beam and 3D EBSD
Michael D. Uchic, Air Force Research Laboratory, Using serial sectioning as ground truth to support NDE development

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)

Page last updated August 18, 2023.