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Associate Professor
College of Engineering
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
327 Randolph Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Phone: (540) 231-8687
FAX: (540) 231-8919
Email: aaning@vt.edu

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Alex O. Aning

Description of Research
The mechanical alloying processing technique is used to synthesize novel metallic, composite, polymeric and electronic ceramic materials. Mechanical alloying is a high energy ball milling process which occurs at room temperature and, hence, circumvents many of the problems associated with high temperature alloying, blending and solid state transformation reactions. X-ray diffraction, differential scanning calorimetry, and electron and optical microscopy are used to study the morphology of phases and reaction kinetics.

Dr. Aning's current projects include amorphous reinforced metal matrix composites, synthesis of electrooptic PLZT ceramics, and processing of biodegradable materials for fracture fixation rod.

Recent Papers or Publications
Aning, A. O. and S. B. Desu, "Novel Synthesis of Lead Titanate By Mechanical Alloying," in Mechanically Alloyed and Nanocrystalline Materials, edited by A. R. Yavari. (Materials Science Forum, Vols. 179-181, 1995) pp. 207-214.

Aning, A. O., Z. Wang and T. H. Courtney, "Tungsten Solution Kinetics and Amorphization of Nickel in Ni-W Alloys", Acta Metallurgica, 41(1), 165-174 (1993).

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