David P. Pope

David P. Pope

Materials Science and Engineering (MSE)


Honors and Awards:  S. Reid Warren Award for Distinguished Teaching - 2000

Research Expertise: Mechanics of Materials | Nanostructured Materials | Material Interfaces

Dave's research projects include study of deformation and fracture of intermetallic compounds. The ductility of most intermetallics is quite low due either to grain boundary or cleavage failure. His lab is investigating the deformation and fracture mechanisms in a number of singlecrystalline intermetallics, including V2Hf, Cr3Si, and Al3Ti. The strength of metal-ceramic interfaces is very important in many material systems, such as electronic packages, composite materials, and high temperature fracture of metals (in which creep voids usually nucleate on second-phase ceramic particles). In this area he is studying the strength of Fe-Al2O3 interfaces as controlled by impurities which segregate to the interface, such as S, C, P, and B. The fracture path in many polycrystalline materials follows the grain boundaries, i.e. in Ni3Al and in certain iron-base alloys with impurities. Since the structure of these boundaries varies with crystallographic misorientation across the boundary and with the orientation of the boundary plane, the strengths of the boundaries are also expected to vary. His group is studying the relative strengths of boundaries using the coincidence site lattice model to describe the boundaries. They have found that high coincidence boundaries (low sigma) are not stronger than random boundaries, but twin boundaries and low angle boundaries are substantially stronger.

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