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Shixuan Chen

Bachelor of Engineering - Welding Science & Technology 2014

Ph.D. Materials Science Program in Progress

Research background

My research is mainly focused on studying the microstructures and mechanical properties of materials. Using triboindenter, I conduct nanoindentation/scratch experiments on steels and amorphous alloys. By analyzing the data, hardness and Young’s Modulus as well as the wear property on nano scale can be obtained. Currently I am working on studying the microstructure and wear resistance of laser-polished metals. The temperature history during laser polishing process will influence the microstructure and the proportion different phases which are related to the material behaviors of sample surface. My future plans for this research include simulating the temperature history through finite element modeling by Comsol, analyzing the microstructure by XRD and SEM, studying the effect of residual stress on wear properties.