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Space Environmental Effects on Materials -- October Meeting

October 11, 2017 | Michael's at Shoreline 2960 Shoreline Blvd

Wednesday, the 11th of October we will be meeting at Michael's at Shoreline to hear David Knapp of the Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center speak on Space Environmental Effects on Materials: Prior to the beginning of the space age with the launch of Sputnik by the Soviet Union in October 1957, most considered space generally empty, however, after six decades of space flight experience, we now know that space is anything but empty. Above the Karman line, the often used height limit of 100km (62.1mi) defining the boundary between Earth's atmosphere and outer space, a variety of environments are encountered that can cause an array of effects on both biological and non-biological materials. The primary environments can be broken down into five major groups: vacuum, neutral, plasma, radiation, and micrometeoroid/space debris. These environments affect materials in different ways and are highly dependent on the altitude above the Earth, the presence and velocity of objects within the environment, and the varying state of the Sun and other celestial bodies. Satellites launched into space need to be engineered to survive these environments, and more specifically, the materials used in the construction of the satellites need to be specifically selected and/or modified for the specific space environment that the satellite will encounter during its lifetime.

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Sept Chapter Meeting – Past Chairman’s Night! Electrodeposited Coatings

September 13, 2017 | Michael's at Shoreline 2960 Shoreline Blvd

Electrolytic plating or electrodeposition has been used industrially for almost two hundred years. It is vital for modern society yet is often considered a black art rather than the exact science it is. This presentation will demonstrate how, following the work of Humphrey Davy and Michael Faraday in the early 19th century the field has grown to encompass medical device, high temperature gas turbine, electric automobile, deep space, semiconductor and microwave industries. Aqueous plating, molten salt electrolytic diffusion coatings, multi element composite plating and lastly deep eutectic plating systems will be considered. Concerns regarding plating adhesion, stress, thickness measurement and control as well as environmental factors will be addressed. Samples from all fields will be available for inspection together with stereoscopic images.

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May Meeting - Failure Analysis of Composite Structures

May 10, 2017 | Michael's at Shoreline 2960 Shoreline Blvd.

Failure Analysis of Composite Structures, a.k.a. the Engineering Process to Answering How and Why Speaker: Cecilia Larrosa Wilson, Ph.D., P.E. Structural Integrity Associates, Inc. The use of carbon fiber reinforced materials is increasing due to their superior properties of strength, stiffness, weight, performance, corrosion resistance, etc. But one of the major challenges with composite materials is that they suffer different damage types that can occur in sequence or simultaneously within different plies. Sponsored by Riga Analytical Lab This meeting will also highlight the senior project posters from the SJSU Materials Science department

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March Chapter Meeting - An Approach to Reliability Assessment of Cold Spray Sputter Targets in PV Manufacturing

February 28 - March 07, 2017 | Michael's at Shoreline

Cold spray has been used to manufacture more than 800 Cu-In-Ga (CIG) sputter targets for deposition of high efficiency photovoltaic (PV) thin films. It is a preferred technique since it enables high deposit purity and transfer of non-equilibrium alloy states to the target material. In this work an integrated approach to reliability assessment of such targets with deposit weight in excess of 50 lb. is undertaken, involving thermal-mechanical characterization of the material in as-deposited condition, characterization of the interface adhesion on cylindrical substrate in as-deposited condition, and developing means to assess target integrity under thermal-mechanical loads during the physical vapor deposition (PVD) sputtering process. Mechanical characterization of cold spray deposited CIG alloy is accomplished through the use of indentation testing and adaptation of Brazilian disc test. A custom lever test was developed to characterize adhesion along the cylindrical interface between the CIG deposit and cylindrical substrate, overcoming limitations of current standards. A cohesive zone model for crack initiation and propagation at the deposit interface is developed and validated using the lever test and later used to simulate potential catastrophic target failure in the PVD process. It is shown that this approach enables reliability assessment of sputter targets and improves robustness

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Jan Chapter Meeting – Mechanical Properties of Lithiated Silicon: A Candidate Electrode for Lithium Ion Batteries

January 11, 2017 | Michael's at Shoreline

Understanding the insertion of lithium into silicon electrodes for high capacity lithium-ion batteries is likely to have benefits for mobile energy storage, for both electronics and transportation. Silicon nanostructures have proven to be attractive candidates for electrodes because they provide more resistance to fracture during lithium insertion. But still, facture can occur even in nanostructured silicon. Here, we consider the fracture of Si nanopillars during lithiation and find surprising results. In situ transmission electron microscopy observations of initially crystalline Si nanoparticles shows that lithiation occurs by the growth of an amorphous lithiated shell, subjected to tension and leading to fracture. We show that the expansion of the nanopillars is highly anisotropic and that the fracture locations are also anisotropic. Also, we show that initially amorphous Si nanopillars are much more resistant to failure, having much larger critical fracture diameters. For sufficiently big amorphous Si nanopillars, cracking is expected to be initiated in the interior based on diffusion-induced stresses, but we have not yet observed that kind of fracture. The modeling we, and others, have done has been based largely on estimates or guesses about the mechanical properties of lithiated Si. Recent nanoindentation experiments show that the elastic modulus and hardness of lithiated amorphous Si depend strongly on the lithium content. When these more subtle effects are included in the modeling they may be helpful in the design of silicon electrodes for advanced battery systems

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History of Moffett Field

December 11, 2017 | Michael's at Shoreline

History of the Naval Air Station on the San Francisco peninsula as it grew to include NASA and Bay area start up companies

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February Chapter Meeting: Nanoporosity and the Welcome Guest: Developing Metal-Organic Frameworks for Catalysis, Hydrogen Storage, and Electronic Devices

February 01, 2017 | Michael's at Shoreline 2960 Shoreline Blvd

Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOF)s are crystalline materials in which metal ions or metal-ion clusters are linked by rigid organic molecules, creating a supramolecular network that has permanent nanoporosity. Unwanted "guest" species, which can be solvent molecules or residual reactant, can be removed without pore collapse. Once a MOF is activated, it provides a highly ordered, chemically tailorable structure that can function as a nanoscale catalytic reactor, store gases such as hydrogen, or serve as an active component of electronic devices.

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April Chapter Meeting Failure Analysis in the Chemical, Ethanol and Semiconductor Industries

April 05 - April 07, 2017 | Michae's at Shoreline

Failure analysis can at times be done with a brief examination depending on the nature of the failure and the level of background information available. On the other hand, some situations required the use of the many tools available for failure analysis such as stereoscopic examination, optical metallography and scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive X-ray analysis. This talk will cover examples of failure analysis in chemical and ethanol plants, semiconductor manufacturing, and infrastructure.

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