This course aims to provide a succinct overview of the emerging discipline of Materials Informatics at the intersection of materials science, computational science, and information science. Attention is drawn to specific opportunities afforded by this new field in accelerating materials development and deployment efforts. A particular emphasis is placed on materials exhibiting hierarchical internal structures spanning multiple length/structure scales and the impediments involved in establishing invertible process-structure-property (PSP) linkages for these materials. More specifically, it is argued that modern data sciences (including advanced statistics, dimensionality reduction, and formulation of metamodels) and innovative cyberinfrastructure tools (including integration platforms, databases, and customized tools for enhancement of collaborations among cross-disciplinary team members) are likely to play a critical and pivotal role in addressing the above challenges.
What you should know before you start the course
Accelerating Materials Development and Deployment
• Learn and appreciate historical paradigms of advanced materials development while emphasizing the critical need for new approaches that employ data sciences and informatics as the glue to connect computational simulation and experiments to speed up the processes of materials discovery and development.
• Learn about the emergence of key national and international 21st century initiatives in accelerated materials discovery and development and how they are expected to bring about a disruptive transformation of new product capabilities and time to market.
Case Study in Homogenization: Plastic Properties of Two-Phase Composites
This module demonstrates a homogenization problem based on an example of two-phase composites