Build and use a prototype vaporizing foil actuator (VFA) welding machine to benchmark VFA spot welds against competing technologies and investigate its commercial potential.
Development of the VFAW process toward a commercially offered pedestal welding system.
This Major Research Instrumentation Award supports the development of a dynamic materials processing and test instrument that will allow the safe and detailed examination of highly dynamic materials processing in a conventional laboratory environment.
This award supports fundamental research on an emerging welding technology - impact welding - to join material combinations that are otherwise difficult to join. Impact welding with three different methods: laser impact, vaporizing foil actuator, and explosives will be performed in order to span length scales from microns to centimeters. This collaboration consists of OSU, University of New Hampshire, and NobelClad.