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Enabling Structural Multi-Functionality Through Additive Manufacturing

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Thursday, October 5, 2023, 4 pm

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ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker Series

proudly presents

Bhisham Sharma, PhD

Associate Professor
Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Michigan Technological University


Additive manufacturing methods allow for the realization of structural geometries and concepts that cannot be fabricated using traditional manufacturing techniques. Combining these methods with the intentional design of a structure’s underlying geometrical architecture can allow engineers to decouple previously interdependent properties and enable the design of multifunctional structures with mechanical and functional performance tailored to match specific application needs. In this talk, I will summarize current additive methods and present an overview of our recent work exploring the development of novel structures for multifunctional applications, including the design of acoustic liners for aircraft noise reduction, the fabrication of thin hair-like fibers replicating feathers, airtight inflatable structures, and ceramic structures suitable for engineering applications.


Dr. Sharma joined the department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics as an Associate Professor in August 2023. Prior to joining Michigan Tech, he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Wichita State University. His overall research our goal is to make engineering structures safer, quieter, and more efficient. To achieve this, his research mission is to create new knowledge and address technology challenges at the intersection of structural mechanics, dynamics, and acoustics. At one end, his research focuses on understanding the fundamental mechanics of novel engineered material systems such as acoustic metamaterials, phononic structures, architected lattice structures, and stochastic foams. At the other end of the spectrum, his group focuses on translating this knowledge to create performance-tailored solutions to critical engineering problems across various industries.

Invited by: Radheshyam Tewari

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