March 07, 2006

Case Western Reserve University, Ohio State, materials group team up to create high-powered ultrasonics center

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Center to focus initially on manufacturing processes, physical and chemical materials processing

Case Western Reserve University, The Ohio State University and EWI, an engineering and technology research organization based in Columbus, Ohio, are collaborating to establish a Center for High Power Ultrasonics. The initiative will expand the use of high power ultrasonics (HPU) in the manufacturing, materials processing, biomedical and energy fields.

HPU deals with the application of intense, high frequency acoustic waves to change the properties of materials and systems or to drive physical or chemical processes. This diverse area of science and technology is used in fields ranging from materials forming and joining, to environmental remediation.

"OSU, Case and EWI have developed extensive capabilities in many fields of HPU, as well as in the underlying technology of ultrasonics and ultrasonic systems. The center will bring together field of use experts, expertise in the physics of ultrasound in solids, liquids and gases, and the design and hardware of ultrasonic systems," said Karl Graff, senior engineer at EWI and professor at Ohio State. "At the new HPU Center, promising applications conceived in the laboratory will be reduced to practical use for commercial development."

The center will initially focus on manufacturing processes and physical and chemical materials processing. Developments will be carried out in the laboratories of the research experts, while the necessary ultrasonic systems and hardware will be developed at the Edison Joining Technology Center labs of the OSU Welding Engineering Program and EWI.

"The usefulness of ultrasonic techniques for sensing applications, such as sonar and medical imaging, is well known, but this HPU Center will promote the use of ultrasonics as an efficient approach to stimulate beneficial changes in materials," said Donald Feke, professor of chemical engineering and vice provost for undergraduate education at Case. "HPU is a relatively untapped field that has a tremendous potential to improve a number of advanced and practical manufacturing technologies."

The Center will open April 1, 2006. The participation of industry and government in setting the research programs, through Center membership, is encouraged.

About EWI

Based in Columbus, Ohio, EWI is North America's leading engineering and technology organization dedicated to welding and materials joining. EWI's staff provides materials joining assistance, contract research, consulting services and training to over 3,300 member company locations representing world-class leaders in the aerospace, automotive, defense, energy, government, heavy manufacturing, medical and electronics industries. For more information, please visit

About The Ohio State University

Founded in 1870, Ohio State University is a world-class public research university and the leading comprehensive teaching and research institution in the state of Ohio. The university is ranked by the National Science Foundation among the Top 10 public research universities based on total research expenditures and has been named among the Top 25 public research universities every year U.S. News & World Report has done the ranking. With more than 50,500 students enrolled at its main Columbus campus, 18 colleges and 170 majors, the university offers its students tremendous breadth and depth of opportunity in the liberal arts, the sciences, and the professions. Details are at

For more information: Laura M. Massie (216)-368-4442.

Posted by: Heidi Cool, March 7, 2006 11:39 AM | News Topics: Case School of Engineering, HeadlinesMain, Provost Initiatives, Technology

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