Alan Taub

Alan Taub
Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Address

2098
Dow (Herbert H. Dow Building)

2300 Hayward 
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2136


Phone
(734) 763-1024

Degrees

Ph.D., Applied Physics, Harvard University, 1979
M.S., Applied Physics, Harvard University, 1977
B.S., Materials Engineering, Brown University, 1976

Research Interests

My major research interest is in understanding the inter-relationships between processing, microstructure and properties in materials; with an emphasis on mechanical, electrical and magnetic applications. Present research focus is on lightweight structures for land, sea and air transportation applications. Projects include incremental forming of sheet metal and nano-particle additions to aluminum alloys. For polymer composites, we are studying the effect of carbon nanotube and graphene additions to polymer composites utilizing electrical and magnetic fields to produce oriented particles for improved mechanical properties.

Faculty Type

Joint

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Lightening the weight of the machines that move people by land, sea and air is beneficial for many reasons, including improved fuel efficiency and the ability to carry higher payloads or added safety systems. A 10% reduction in the weight of a passenger car, for instance, leads to about a 6% improvement in fuel economy.

“The ability to use tried and true metal forming processes such as stamping on new composite materials, especially green composites, has the potential to speed the adoption of lightweight materials in automotive and other applications,” said Banu.