Materials Science & Engineering Missouri University of Science and Technology 223 McNutt Hall Rolla, MO65409-0340 Phone:(573) 341-4717 Fax:(573)341-6934

Dr. David C. Van Aken
Distinguished Teaching Professor

Research Interests

Physical metallurgy
Experimental and theoretical aspects of phase transformations
Expertise in rapid solidification, thermal spray processing, calorimetry and mechanical behavior of materials

MSE Research Highlights


Selected Publications

D. Field and D. Van Aken, “Nanocrystalline Advanced High Strength Steel Produced by Cold Rolling and Annealing,” Met. Mater. Trans. 47A (2016) pp. 1912-1917.  DOI: 10.1007/s11661-016-3374-1

 Jingjing Qing, Von L. Richards, Simon Lekakh and David Van Aken, “Examination of Nodular GraphiteFormation amd Austenite Solidification in Ductile Iron,” AFS proceedings of the 119th Metalcasting Congress paper 15-072, Schamburg, IL, April 10, 2015.

 D.C. Van Aken, T.O. Webb, and J. D. Green, “Grain refinement strategies in high strength cast steel,” 23rd IFHTSE Congress, ASM publication.

 S.T. Pisarik and D.C. Van Aken, "Thermodynamic Driving Force of the γ→ε Transformation and Resulting Ms Temperature in High Mn Steels,” submitted to Met. Mater. Trans. 47A (2016) pp.1009-1018, DOI: 10.1007/s11661-015-3265-x

 Krista R Limmer, Julia E Medvedeva, David C Van Aken, and  Nadezhda I Medvedeva, “Ab-initio simulation of alloying effect on stacking fault energy in fcc Fe,” Computational Materials Science, vol. 99 (2015) pp.253-255.

L.N. Bartlett and D.C. Van Aken, High Manganese and Aluminum Steels for the Military and Transportation Industry,” JOM Vol. 66 (9) (2014) pp 1770-1784.  DOI: 10.1007/s11837-014-1068-y

S.T. Pisarik, D.C. Van Aken, K. Limmer, and J.E. Medvedeva, “ Developing a 3rd Generation Advanced High Strength Steel with Two-Stage TRIP Behavior,” AISTech 2014 Proceedings Vol. II, pp.1007-17 (2010). May 3-6, 2014.

Nadezhda. Medvedeva, D. C  Van Aken, Prof.;  J. E.  Medvedeva , Prof., “Stability of binary and ternary M23C6 carbides from first principles,” Computational Materials Science vol. 96(2015) pp.159-164. DOI: 10.1016/j.commatsci.2014.09.016

 S.T. Pisarik and D.C. Van Aken,“Crystallographic Orientation of the ε→α’ Martensitic (Athermal) Transformation in a FeMnAlSi Steel,”Met. Mater. Trans. 45A, Issue 8, pp. 3173-3178  (2014) DOI 10.1007/s11661-014-2303-4.

Terrell Webb, David Van Aken, and Simon Lekakh, “Evaluating Chemical Homogeneity in the Performance of Eglin Steel,” AFS Trans vol.122, pp. 317-  (2014)

L.N. Bartlett, D.C. Van Aken,  J. Medvedeva, D. Isheim, N. Medvedeva, and K. Song, “An Atom Probe Study of κ-carbide Precipitation and the Effect of Silicon Addition,” Met. Mater. Trans. 45A, pp. 2421-2435 (2014).

S.A. Buckholz, D.C. Van Aken and L.N. Bartlett On the Influence of Aluminum and Carbon on Abrasion Resistance of High Manganese Steels,” AFS Trans vol.121, pp. 495-510  (2013).

M.C. McGrath, D.C. Van Aken, N.I. Medvedeva, J. E. Medvedeva, Work hardening behavior in a steel with multiple TRIP mechanisms, Met. Mater. Trans. A vol. 44A, pp. 4634- 4643 (2013).

L.N. Bartlett, A. Dash, D.C. Van Aken, V.L. Richards, and K.D. Peaslee, Dynamic Fracture Toughness of High Strength Cast Steels,” Int. J. MetalcastingVol. 7, Issue 4, pp. 17-33  (2013).

M. M. Kuba and D.C. Van Aken, “Analysis of acoustic emission during the melting of embedded indium and aluminum: a study of plastic strain accommodation during phase transformation,” Met. Mater. Trans. A vol. 44A, pp.3444-3455 (2013).

N. I.  Medvedeva, M. S. Park,  D. C. Van Aken, and J. E. Medvedeva, “First-principles study of the Mn, Al and C distribution and their effect on the stacking fault energies in austenite,” J. Alloys and Compounds, vol. 582, 475-482 (2013).

M. Kuba and D.C. Van Aken, “Plastic strain accommodation and acoustic emission during melting of embedded particles,” Materials Letters vol. 77, 89-92 (2012).

M.C. McGrath and D.C. Van Aken, “On the Crystallography of Peritectic Austenite and the Role of Primary Ferrite in High Manganese and Aluminum Steels,” AFS Trans. vol.120, pp. 457-468 (2012).


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