Engineering | Undergraduate Research

Computational Modeling and Simulations of instabilities in immiscible films

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Dr. Kumar Ankit, an Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at SEMTE is seeking researchers for a FURI project/thesis that concerns computational modeling and simulations of instabilities in multilayered immiscible films.

Multilayered films are used in a variety of applications such as x-ray mirrors, magnetic recording media and heads, diffusion barrier, and wear resistant coatings. Retaining the thermal stability at elevated-temperatures or thermal cycling is crucial for exploiting their novel structural and functional properties in advanced engineering applications. However, exposure to extreme environments induces spheroidization of the layered structures that cause significant loss of mechanical strength and conductivity, ultimately resulting in failure. Comprehending the mechanisms of morphological evolution in multilayers is necessary for devising strategies by which thermal damage can be mitigated. The object of this FURI project is to leverage phase-field modeling and supercomputing techniques to numerically simulate the temporal spheroidization of multilayers in Cu-based immiscible films. A comprehensive understanding of the diffusion mechanisms that govern the morphological evolution in multilayers will enable us to devise strategies for mitigating damage. The deliverables will be the phase-field model, numerical simulations of morphological evolution and development of post-processing codes to characterize the computational results. Consistent with FURI stipend (~10 hrs week).


  • Modeling and simulations
  • Computational Materials Science
  • Alloy

Lab/Center website:

Student qualifications/requirements: 

  • Materials Science and Engineering majors preferred, but position available for other Engineering, or Physics majors as well who have prior experience in computer programming (Matlab/C/C++).
  • Experience with Finite Difference/Element technique is highly desirable but not a prerequisite.
  • GPA 3.5 or higher and good grades in both MSE 330 (Thermodynamics of Materials) and 335 (Materials Kinetics).
  • Good analytical skills

Semester(s) or start/end date of position: Fall 2018, Spring 2019

Number of hours per week: 10

Stipend amount/hourly wage/volunteer position: Consistent with the FURI stipend

How to apply:

Provide resume, unofficial ASU transcripts, and the name of at least one faculty reference. Please send a brief statement of interest and the additional information shown above to


Posted on

February 28, 2018