Correlations, High Temperature Mechanical
Behavior of Materials (Creep, Superplasticity and relevant
phenomena), Nanostructured Materials, Nuclear Materials, Advanced Processing Techniques
(High Energy Ball Milling, Friction Stir Welding/Processing,
Spark Plasma Sintering)
here to see an example
of the research work done by Dr. Charit's group and
Our laboratory (Advanced
Materials Laboratory or AML) is located in McClure 422. The lab
is equipped with a simultaneous thermal analyzer, Lindberg high temperature furnaces, Buehler Isomet 1000 cutting machine, high energy ball milling equipment (SPEX Mill 8000M), SPEX-2380 bench press,
an inert atmosphere glove box, TEM sample preparation kit (Gatan
Disc Punch, Fischione Disc Grinder and Twin-Jet Polisher), and a
facility including an Allied HighTech TwinPrep Grinder/Polisher.
The AML is equipped with three
mechanical test instruments: A Lever Arm (20:1) ATS 2335 Creep Tester that can perform tensile creep testing up to 1000
degree C in air; A universal tester (Instron 5982) primarily for
performing room temperature and high temperature tensile tests
(funded by a NE-UP
Infrastructure Grant) at different temperatures and strain
rates; and a Vickers microhardness tester (LECO LM100).
Sultan getting ready to start a tensile test /
working the hardness m/c Tri conditioning the creep tester
The Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering houses a
fully equipped machine-shop at the Buchanan Engineering Laboratory (BEL)
The Center for Electron Microscopy and Microanalysis, a
University of Idaho facility, has a LEO Supra 35VP field-emission-gun scanning
electron microscope (FEG-SEM), one AMRAY 1830 SEM, a JEOL transmission electron
microscope (TEM) and a Siemens D5000 X-ray diffraction equipment
are located in the McClure Hall and easily accessible.
Dr. Charit's group also utilizes
the state-of-the-art analytical instruments available at the
Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES) at Idaho Falls. These
include a High Resolution TEM, SEMs with Focused Ion Beam (FIB)
and Electron Backscatter Diffraction (EBSD) capabilities and Local
Electrode Atom Probe (LEAP). These instruments can provide
valuable information on the intrinsic structure of materials at
a very fine level. These instruments are used either as part of the funded ATR-NSUF users
facility projects or at a charge. A former PhD student (Somayeh)
these instruments as part of her dissertation work. Furthermore,
the spark plasma sintering machine present at the
Advanced Materials Lab at CAES in collaboration with Prof.
Darryl Butt, Boise State University.
working with the HRTEM and LEAP instruments at CAES-MacS Lab Somayeh working on the
SPS machine at CAES
A pressure resistance welding (PRW)
machine was purchased from the Centerline Ltd. using an AFCI
grant in the past. Currently, the machine is located at the
Instrumentation Shop at the CAES, Idaho Falls. Dr. Charit's
group has been successful in joining a variety of high
temperature metallic materials (MA956, MA957, HT-9, tungsten) using the PRW
"A Science Based Approach for
Selecting Dopants in FCCI-Resistant Metallic Fuel Systems,"
Nuclear Energy University Programs (NEUP), DOE Office of Nuclear
Energy; I. Charit (PI), S. Choudhury (Co-PI); R. Mariani
and M. Benson, Idaho National Laboratory (Co-PIs); Project
Period: Oct. 1, 2016 to Sep. 30, 2019; Total Funding: $800,000.
"Microscale Technique to Evaluate
Grain Boundary Cohesion of Irradiated Alloys," Idaho National
Laboratory LDRD; PI: Jian Chao (INL). Co-PIs: J. Wharry/B.
Jaques (Boise State University), R. Fertig (University of
Wyoming), I. Charit (University of Idaho), W. Jiang (INL);
Project Period: 5/1/2016 to 9/30/2018; Total Funding: $150,000 (Charit).
Creep-Fatigue Crack Growth in Alloy 709 and Prediction of
Service Lives in Nuclear Reactor Components," US DOE Nuclear
Energy University Programs (NEUP); PI: G.P. Potirniche, Co-PIs:
R. Stephens, I. Charit, A. Tokuhiro (Purdue University),
M. Glazoff (Idaho National Laboratory); Project Period:
10/1/2015 to 9/30/2018; Total Funding $799,927 (Charit funding:
"Acquisition of a FEI Scios
Electron Microscope," Murdock Charitable Foundation, PI: S. Ay,
Co-PIs: I. Charit, T. Williams, G. Potirniche, F, Barlow,
D. Mcilroy, H. Saied, M. Gunter; Project Period: 1/1/2015 to
1/1/2018; Total Funding: $444,377.
"Boride-based Electrode Materials
with Enhanced Stability under Extreme Conditions for MHD Direct
Power Extraction," National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL),
DOE Office of Fossil Energy, PI: I. Charit, co-PI: K.S. Raja (University
of Idaho); Project Period: 7/1/2014 to 6/30/2017; Total Funding:
For detailed information on the past projects, please refer to Dr. Charit's
CV under the 'Group Members' tab.