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Todd Palmer

Director, Center for Innovative Sintered Products


  • Engineering Science and Mechanics
  • Center for Innovative Sintered Products
  • Materials Science and Engineering

147B Research Building West


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Research Projects

  • April 2018 - March 2020, "Thermal Protection of Temperature Sensors in Powder Metal Sintering Furnaces," (Sponsor: TMI USA, Inc).
  • March 2018 - March 2019, "DURIP: Super Finishing of Printed Metallic Parts for High Performance Naval Systems (Equipment Purchase)," (Sponsor: Office of Naval Research).
  • September 2017 - August 2018, "Impact of Nitrogen on Pitting and Crevice Corrosion Mechanisms in Additively Manufactured Austenitic Stainless Steels," (Sponsor: Office of Naval Research).
  • October 2016 - October 2018, "Real-Time Quality Assurance of Additive Manufactured Parts using Laser Ultrasonics," (Sponsor: Intelligent Optical Systems, Inc. (IOS)).
  • June 2017 - November 2017, "Nickel Aluminum Bronze for Additive Manufacturing Alloy Development," (Sponsor: QuesTek Innovations LLC).
  • June 2014 - May 2017, "In Situ Characterization of Effect of Rapid Thermal Cycling During Additive Manufacturing on Deformation-Induced Transformations and Micro-Mechanical Properties," (Sponsor: National Science Foundation).
  • June 2016 - August 2017, "Development and Adoption of Hybrid Additive Manufacturing Technology for Naval Systems," (Sponsor: Office of Naval Research).
  • November 2015 - May 2017, "Laser-Arc Hybrid Welding for Bridge Steels - Phase II," (Sponsor: TechKnowServ Corp).
  • June 2017 - September 2017, "Lens Work Phase II," (Sponsor: Sandia National Laboratories).
  • June 2015 - June 2017, "Accelerated Certification Technology Phase II," (Sponsor: Naval Sea Systems Command).
  • September 2015 - March 2016, "Additive Manufacturing of Elektron," (Sponsor: Reade Manufacturing Company).
  • July 2015 - January 2016, "Affordable Manufacturing of Refractory Metal Components," (Sponsor: Advanced Powder Solutions, Inc.).
  • September 2015 - June 2016, "Cr cladding/deposition on Zr tubing," (Sponsor: Westinghouse Electric Company $).
  • September 2015 - June 2016, "Cr cladding/deposition on Zr tubing," (Sponsor: Westinghouse Electric Company $).
  • June 2015 - September 2016, "Powder Feedstock Characterization for Additive Manufacturing," (Sponsor: Naval Sea Systems Command).
  • October 2015 - October 2016, "Support for the Development of Electron Mean and Laser Based Additive Manufacturing Capabilities," (Sponsor: Los Alamos National Laboratory).
  • June 2016 - September 2016, "Application of ICME to optimize Processing Condition of State-of-the-Art Gear Steels for Use in Additive Manufacturing.," (Sponsor: QuesTek Innovations LLC).
  • April 2014 - August 2016, "Consortium for Additive Manufacturing Materials (CAMM)," (Sponsor: National Institute of Standards and Technology).
  • July 2015 - January 2016, "In-Line Inspection of Additive Manufactured Parts using Laser Ultrasonics," (Sponsor: Intelligent Optical Systems, Inc. (IOS)).
  • July 2015 - May 2016, "Innovative Approach to Rapidly Qualify Ti-6Al-4V Metallic Aircraft Parts Manufactured by Additive Manufacturing (AM) Techniques," (Sponsor: Applied Optimization).
  • May 2015 - April 2016, "Water Power Manufacturing: Advanced Integrated Hydropower Turbine/Generator System for Low Head Deployment," (Sponsor: U.S. Department of Energy).
  • April 2015 - December 2015, "Laser Peening Project," (Sponsor: Hepburn & Sons, LLC).
  • October 2014 - September 2015, ".," (Sponsor: U.S. Department of Energy).
  • July 2015 - December 2015, "Feasibility Study of APS Powders for Use in Powder Bed Fusion Systems," (Sponsor: Advanced Powder Solutions, Inc.).
  • August 2014 - February 2015, "Powder Bed Fusion Processing of Aluminum Alloys," (Sponsor: Advanced Powder Solutions, Inc.).
  • February 2015 - April 2015, "Dissimilar Metal Joining," (Sponsor: Westinghouse Electric Company $).
  • June 2015 - September 2015, "Fabrication of MicroMelt 718 Samples Using Powder Bed Fusion," (Sponsor: Carpenter Technology Corporation).
  • January 2015 - May 2015, "Feasibility Study for the Integration of Improved Laser Processing in Production," (Sponsor: Westinghouse Electric Company $).
  • June 2014 - September 2014, "Feasibility Study of APS Powders for Use in Powder Bed Fusion Systems," (Sponsor: Advanced Powder Solutions, Inc.).
  • October 2011 - December 2014, "Laser-Arc Hybrid Welding of Thick Section Ni-base Alloys - Advanced Modeling and Experiments," (Sponsor: Battelle - Idaho National Laboratory).
  • September 2012 - September 2014, "Accelerated Certification Technology Based on Direct Digital Manufacturing of Aerospace Components," (Sponsor: Naval Sea Systems Command).
  • August 2013 - July 2014, "Tomographic Technology for Cyber Enabled Additive Manufacturing," (Sponsor: Office of Naval Research).
  • June 2014 - October 2014, "Fabrication of NDE Calibraton Blocks for Identification of Oxide Inclusions in Steels," (Sponsor: Timken Company).
  • August 2014 - November 2014, "Feasibility Study for the High Rate Laser Deposition of Molybdenum," (Sponsor: Elmet Technologies).
  • November 2014 - December 2014, "Lens Work Add-on (Orig. P/N 22213)," (Sponsor: Sandia National Laboratories).
  • January 2014 - July 2014, "Laser Deposition of Magnesium Alloys," (Sponsor: Reade Manufacturing Company).
  • May 2014 - September 2014, "Laser Engineered Net Sharping (LENS) Work," (Sponsor: Sandia National Laboratories).
  • February 2014 - August 2014, "Laser-Arc Hybrid Welding for Bridge Steels," (Sponsor: TechKnowsServ Corporation).
  • July 2011 - February 2013, "Investigation of Powder Metallurgy Processing of Tungsten Based Composites and Evaluation of Laser Brazing Techniques for the Manufacture of Tungsten Alloy Inserts to Mortar R," (Sponsor: Naval Sea Systems Command).
  • May 2012 - February 2013, "Reade Manufacturing Co. Feasibility Study for the Laser Deposition of Magnesium Alloys," (Sponsor: Reade Manufacturing Company).
  • October 2013 - December 2013, "Improving Mechanical Properties of Ti-6AI-4V in Laser Powder Bed Deposition Processes," (Sponsor: Pipeline Biomedical Holdings, Inc.).
  • March 2011 - September 2012, "Refurbishment of SSN-688 Class Shaft Seal and Mating Rings Using LENS," (Sponsor: National Center for Manufacturing Sciences).
  • August 2012 - October 2012, "Laser Welding of Corrosion Test Samples," (Sponsor: Allegheny Technologies Incorporated).
  • May 2011 - October 2011, "Laser Brazing of Tungsten Nosecones for 30 mm STAR Rounds," (Sponsor: Medico Industries, Inc.).

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