The microstructure of a material has a large impact on its properties and performance. However, the microstructure evolves in materials in harsh environments, changing the properties and typically degrading the performance.
In our lab, we use mesoscale modeling and simulation to predict the co-evolution of the microstructure and physical properties of materials in harsh environments. We also seek to understand the mechanisms governing this evolution.
Our lab uses the finite element framework MOOSE (Multiphysics Object Oriented Simulation Environment), an open source software developed at Idaho National Laboratory, to simulate the material behavior at the mesoscale.