In September 2018, Purdue University Northwest researchers and the Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation (CIVS) were recognized as recipients of a Cooperative Agreement Grant awarded through the NSWC Crane federal laboratory in Crane, Indiana. The Principal Investigators, CIVS Director and Professor Chenn Zhou and Professor Hansung Kim, received this competitive award for their research proposal on 3D modeling and simulation for lifetime prediction of electronic components.
This research aims to determine component lifetime and identify both interactive materials effects and secondary environmental effects on components. This research has the potential to serve as the foundation for updating system models with real-time operational environments to both provide accurate component lifetime predictions and identify specific factors that can cause and/or accelerate materials degradation. The Cooperative Agreement Program provides seed funding for university research that can be guided by the awarding federal laboratory, NSWC Crane.
Dr. Alison Smith, Chief Engineer of Materials Analysis of Microelectronic Component Technologies within the Flight Systems Division at NSWC Crane, remarked, “Initiatives such as the Cooperative Agreement Program enable the NSWC Crane’s Chief Technology Office to serve as a synergy generator, allowing the federal laboratory to access and benefit from university science and technology expertise, while supporting pioneering research for the benefit of the public.”
“Research collaborations such as this provide opportunities not only to expand our fundamental understanding of physical phenomena, but also to develop widely beneficial applications,” Zhou said. “Accurate prediction of component functionality over time and under changing conditions—that’s an objective both suited for and worthy of simulation and visualization investigative technologies.”
NSWC Crane is a naval laboratory and a field activity of the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), through which NSWC Crane is responsible for multi-domain, multi-spectral, full-life-cycle support of technologies and systems that enhance sustainability and capabilities for modern naval service operations.