The Development of a Process-Structure-Properties-Performance (PSPP) Map for Aluminum-Zinc-Magnesium-Copper Alloys Used in Aircraft Applications
Goulding, Ashley N.
Neu, Richard W.
Sanders, T.H. Jr
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In 2011, the White House announced the Materials Genome Initiative, which aims to cut down the cost and time required to discover, develop, and optimize a material and deploy it in a commercial system. One method of achieving this is by integrating experimental test methods, computational tools, and known knowledge databases. While the potential for computational models to speed and assist process-structure-property optimization is not a new concept, one of the key issues in the implementation of models in this space is the lack of a standard method of communication regarding the physical and chemical mechanisms that drive a materials system, and the amount and type of data required to accurately characterize that materials system in its entirety. This work focuses on developing process-structure-property-performance (PSPP) maps as this missing standard communication method. Here we detail the steps that should be taken to generate a map for any system, and then briefly discuss how those steps were applied to high-strength Al-Zn-Mg- Cu alloys. These alloys are highly utilized in aircraft applications and are extremely complicated and commercially viable materials which are repeatedly subject to re-optimization, and are thus a good example of the value of these maps and how they can be used.