Archive for August 2014

MSE Seminar 8/25/14 - Infrared thermography: A powerful tool in mechanics of materials


Colloquium - MSE 595A
Monday, August 25, 2014
2:00-2:50 PM
Harshbarger 206

Infrared thermography: A powerful tool in mechanics of materials
Prof. Jean benoit Le Cam


The design of industrial components requires to take into account thermal effects during the deformation of materials. For example, an increase of one degree in tire during driving will induce a significant decrease of its lifetime. Therefore, it is necessary to characterize phenomena that produce heat during deformation of materials and structures to better design them. This is the reason why infrared thermography appears as an interesting technique of characterization. Moreover, this technique enables us to investigate the calorimetric response of materials, which is of paramount importance for modelling their behavior. One of the main difficulties lies in the strong multi-disciplinarity between thermal, optics and mechanics, with numerous challenges that will be highlighted during the talk from illustrative examples dealing with elastomer and glass materials.

Short Bio:

After several years as a research engineer in the Total group Prof Jean-Benoît Le Cam received his PhD from Ecole Centrale de Nantes in 2005 and has since worked on fatigue damage and fracture mechanisms in elastomers. In 2006, he joined the academic staff of the French Institute of Advanced Mechanics (IFMA) as an Assistant Professor, where he developed the mechanics of elastomers. In 2010, he was appointed director of the Structures and Mechanics of Materials departement at IFMA. In this period, he has extended his research field to quantitative calorimetry in mechanics of elastomers. In 2011, he joined the Institute of Physics at Rennes University as a Professor in order to create a Quantitative Imaging Group and to study mechanics of elastomers and glasses. His industrial partners belong to various sectors of engineering: automotive (Michelin), oil pumping (PCM) and anti-vibration systems (Cooper Standard), to name a few.

USIF SEM User Workshop


The USIF Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) Workshop Series is a one-day workshop that will be held Thursday, August 21st, 2014 to support training on the Hitachi S-3400 and Hitachi S-4800 SEM. The workshop includes a review of basic instrument principles, operations, and parameter adjustments; a discussion of the effects of changing parameters on image quality; and an overview of the software available. The SEM workshop is open to all UA students and researchers who will be using SEM for their research projects. This workshop is provided free of charge, and the deadline to apply for the course is Thursday, August 14th at 5pm.  Please RSVP to

Preliminary Program (Location TBD)

Lecture: 9-12 am Basic SEM & High Resolution

Lecture: 1-2:30 am EDS and Elemental Analysis

Lab: 2:30 – 4:30 pm


Thursday August 21st, 2014



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