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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  • Zach at SteelyHydrogen 2018
  • Matt at SteelyHydrogen 2018
  • Noelle receives ISO award!
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Recent News

  • 9/2018 – Zach Harris gave a talk at the International Conference on Fatigue Damage of Structural Materials XII in Hyannis, MA titled, "Characterization of the effects of high altitude environments on dislocation structure evolution during fatigue loading of 7075-T651."

  • 9/2018 – Andrew Jamieson presented a poster at the International Conference on Fatigue Damage of Structural Materials XII in Hyannis, MA titled, "Quantifying the effects of type II hot corrosion on the high temperature fatigue cracking behavior of a Ni-based superalloy."

  • 9/2018 – Luke Brown presented a poster at the International Conference on Fatigue Damage of Structural Materials XII in Hyannis, MA titled, "Fatigue behaviour of AA 7075 during a transition between environments at low pressure."

  • 9/2018 – Zach Harris presented a poster for Noelle Co at the International Conference on Fatigue Damage of Structural Materials XII in Hyannis, MA titled, "Corrosion morphology and microstructure effects on fatigue initiation of AA 7050-T7451."

  • 8/2018 – Carly Cocke joins the Burns Group as a M.S. student! Welcome to the team!!