Welcome!

Welcome to the Burns Research Group website! Here you will find information regarding current and upcoming research, group members, and our lab facilities.

The Burns Research Group is a member of the Center for Electrochemical Science and Engineering, which operates inside of the Materials Science and Engineering Department here at UVA. Our research is primarily directed towards investigating environmental fracture in structural metals, including ultra-high strength steels, 5xxx and 7xxx-series aluminium, and Ni-based superalloys. In particular, the group strives to understand how the environment influences the properties and performance of these structural metals.

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Recent News

  • 9/2016 – Noelle Co presents a talk at the 2016 International Conference on Fatigue Damage of Structural Materials XI titled "The Effect of Galvanically Induced Corrosion Morphologies on Fatigue Initiation and Fatigue Behavior of AA7050-T7451."

  • 9/2016 – Noelle Co and Prof. Burns attend the International Conference on Fatigue Damage of Structural Materials XI. Noelle presented a poster on the effect of galvanically induced corrosion morphologies on fatigue cracking of AA7050-T7451.

  • 9/2016 – Zach Harris presents a talk at the 2016 International Hydrogen Conference titled "Do Hydrogen-Deformation Interactions Aid Integranular Cracking?"

  • 9/2016 – Zach Harris and Prof. Burns attend the 2016 International Hydrogen Conference. Zach presented a poster on the influence of heat treatment on hydrogen environment-assisted cracking in Monel K-500 and Prof. Burns presented a poster on the effect of lot-to-lot variation on hydrogen environment-assisted cracking in Monel K-500.

  • 8/2016 – Zach Harris passed his Ph.D. qualifying exam! Congratulations Zach!!