NASA's Shape Memory Materials Database and Analysis Tool Webinar
Access the database here: https://shapememory.grc.nasa.gov/
NASA researchers have developed a shape memory materials database (SMMD) tool that delivers one-stop access to an extensive collection of shape memory materials (SMM) information in a single source.
The collection of point data and metadata provides insight into actuation properties, structural performance, chemical data, processing records, etc., pertinent to shape memory alloys, polymers, and ceramics. The data is organized in a 2D and 3D visualization platform allowing users to access data insights and trends with only a few button clicks.
All data points have full traceability to the original source to verify findings and create a link to researchers and scientists within the community. The database tool provides data patterns of high-temperature shape memory alloys, superelastic Ni-rich bearing alloys polymers (e.g., polyurethane and epoxy), magnetic shape memory alloys, and shape memory ceramics. Trends and anomalies are easily identified and their implications. In addition to data mining and visualization, the SMMD provides a path towards Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME) and machine learning.
During the webinar, you will learn much more about this new database and how NASA's technologies and capabilities are available to industry and other organizations through the NASA Technology Transfer Program.
Othmane Benafan has worked at the NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC) since 2011. He has been a materials research engineer in the High Temperature and Smart Alloys Branch, leading the development of shape memory alloy technology. His investigations have included theoretical and experimental research with a focus on fit-for-purpose shape memory alloy synthesis and processing. His has studied experimental mechanics of solid-state phase transformations to construct process-structure-property roadmaps for these alloys. Dr. Benafan is currently leading multiple teams to design lightweight actuators and morphing structures as part of the ARMD Transformative Tools and Technologies project, the STMD Game Changing Development program, and several space act agreements (SAAs) with industry partners. His most recent efforts focus on the development of passive phase transforming alloys for aircraft vortex generators and digital transformation of alloy design via the creation of a database system and analytics platform.
Dr. Benafan has published over 68 peer-reviewed journal articles, 25 conference proceedings, and currently holds 5 issued patents. Dr. Benafan is active in the technical community serving numerous roles including graduate faculty doctoral advisory committees, editorial board member of the Shape Memory and Superelasticity journal, and ASM’s content and data products council. He is the President of the International Organization on Shape Memory and Superelastic Technologies (SMST), and the past executive chairman of the joint industry-government-academia Consortium for the Advancement of Shape Memory Alloy Research and Technology (CASMART). Dr. Benafan has received numerous awards during his career including the NASA Abe Silverstein Medal, the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), and the R&D100 Award. Dr. Benafan has a bachelor of science, a master of science and a doctoral (Ph.D.) degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Central Florida.