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Matthew Cavalli, P.E. Information
I am currently associate professor and Department Chair of Mechanical Engineering at the University of North Dakota. I am also a licensed professional engineer in the state of North Dakota. I teach classes ranging from ME101 (Intro to ME) in the freshman year to ME524 (Deformation and Fracture) at the graduate level. My research can be generally described as in the areas of materials behavior and manufacturing methods. While at UND I have participated in research projects related to energy dissipation, fracture and fatigue of fiber composites, adding pollution control catalysts to fiber filters via mechanical milling, ductile fracture of aluminum alloys, diffusion bonding of nickel and iron alloys, and corrosion fatigue of aluminum. In the classroom, I have conducted studies related to perceptions and retention in freshman engineers, collaboration between undergraduate and high school students, and the use of virtual laboratories for materials education.
The sections below give an overview of my past and current activities.
I am committed to excellent engineering education at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. I typically teach ME301 (Materials Science) in the fall and a graduate materials course in the spring. I often teach ENGR201 (Statics) in the summer. Other courses I have taught at UND (some more recently than others) include ME101, ENGR202 (Dynamics), ME420 (Composite Materials), ME483 (Senior Seminar), ME524, and ME542 (Thermodynamics of Materials).
I have participated in a number of teaching-related professional development activities including the National Effective Teaching Institute, Case Studies in Science Workshop, ASME Essential Teaching Seminar, New Approaches in Materials and Manufacturing Education Seminar, and numerous teaching seminars at UND. I am a consultant in the Small Group Instructional Diagnosis (SGID) program at UND which helps instructors improve their teaching through student feedback and peer input. I have been a member of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) since 1999.
Selected Educational Papers and Proceedings
Cavalli, M., N. Carlson, P. Compton, “Design Collaboration between High School, On-Campus and Distance Engineering Students,” Proceedings of the International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Seattle, Washington, November, 2007.
Cavalli, M., L. Stanlake, S. Tolbert, “Investigation of Retention and Perceptions Among Freshman Engineering Students,” Proceedings of the 2007 North Midwest ASEE Regional Conference, Houghton, Michigan, September, 2007.
Cavalli, M., “Listening to What Departments Say About General Education,” On Teaching, University of North Dakota, 15(6), pp. 3, 2006.
Cavalli, M., G. Bibel, “Virtual Steel Lab,” Computers in Education, XV, 108-112, 2005.
Recent Senior Design Projects Advised
Center of Gravity Measurement Stand, Sponsor: Arctic Cat, 2011-2012
Composite Sensor Mount for UAV, 2010-2011
Improved Netting Suspension and Control System, Sponsor: Ralph Engelstad Arena, 2009-2010
Design and Fabrication of a Micro UAV (with Prof. Neubert), 2009-2010
Numerical Design of Space Vehicle Radiation Shielding, Sponsor: NASA/ND Space Grant Consortium, 2008-2009
Optimization of Sunflower Seed Processing, Sponsor: Giants Snacks, 2008-2009
Optimization of Cold-Sprayed Coatings for Magnesium, Sponsor: Alion Science and Technology, 2007-2008
Vacuum Induction Furnace, 2007-2008
Laser Cladding Head Design, Sponsor: Gremada Industries, Inc., 2006-2007
Composite Radome Production, Sponsor: Sioux Manufacturing, 2005-2006
Torsion Spring Tester, Sponsor: Polaris, Inc., 2004-2005
I am the main contact for the Materials Processing and Analysis Laboratory (201/201A Upson I). My past research work has involved a variety of aspects of materials behavior and both experimental testing and numerical modeling. Past topics include fracture of adhesive, spot welded and weldbonded joints, energy dissipation in fiber composites, and the effects of processing on the fracture behavior of aluminum. My current work focuses on corrosion fatigue of bulk and friction stir welded aluminum (in conjunction with the Engineered Surfaces Center) and diffusion bonding of metals.
My research labs are located in 114 and 201/201A Upson I. They house various equipment for preparing, testing, and examining material samples. In addition to typical sectioning/mounting/polishing equipment, granite examination tables, and metallurgical microscopes, our specific capabilities include:
Bose Electroforce 3500 Corrosion Fatigue System
50 kN Shimadzu AG-IS Universal Test Frame w/Extensometer
Digital Image Correlation Measuring System
1600C 3.5" Dia Vacuum Tube Furnace
1100C 2" Dia Vacuum Tube Furnace
1200C Box Furnace
Vicker's Microindentation Hardness Tester
Rockwell Hardness Testers (2)
Spex 8000M Mechanical Mill
15 Ton 12" X 12" Hydraulic Sample Press
Gilson Electromechanical Shaker (sieves to 75 micron opening)
Current and Past Student Researchers
Nathan Haukom, 2011
Brandon Hoggarth, 2008
Tyler Peterson, 2008-2009
Korby Heinsen (ND Space Grant Consortium Fellowship), 2008
Jeramie Broadway, 2007
Jody Lindbo (ND Space Grant Consortium Fellowship), 2006
Nathan Lilke (EPSCoR Science Bound Program), 2004-2005
Erik Anderson, Diffusion Bonding of Metals
Joshua Braband, Diffusion Bonding of Metals
CJ Sitter, Friction Stir Welding
Maksud Reimbaev, Fatigue of Polymer Composites
Jarrod Schell, Effect of Powder Parameters on Cold Spray Coatings
Ali Amiri, Fatigue of Polymer Composites
Jared Neuharth, H2 Embrittlement of Stainless Steels at High Temperatures
Jesse Henrikson, Corrosion Fatigue of Friction Stir Welds, Spring 2010
Henry Okoro, Effect of Load Wave Form and Grain Direction on the Corrosion Fatigue Behavior of Al 2024-T351 in Salt-Water Environments, Spring 2010
Vijay Mandava, Influence of Heat Treating Parameters on Deformation and Fracture of 2024 Aluminum, Spring 2008
Aniruddha Kulkarni, Analytical Study to Predict Fracture Behavior of Al 6061 Using Void Nucleation Model, Spring 2008
Dustin McNally, Modeling of Diffusional Bonding Using Thermodynamic Simulation Software, Summer 2007
Eric Billups, Variation of Specific Damping Capacity of Fiber Reinforced Composites, Fall 2006
Trent Luoma, Relations Between Processing and Properties of 6061 Aluminum Alloy, Spring 2006
Tanveer Chawla, Repair of Polymer Composites
Esfakur Rahman, Diffusion Bonding of Metals
Selected Materials-Related Papers and Proceedings
Rahman, A.H.M.E., M.N. Cavalli, "Strength and Microstructure of Diffusion Bonded Titanium Using Silver and Copper Interlayers," Materials Science and Engineering A, 527(20), pp. 5189-5193.
M.N. Cavalli, N. Lilke, "Mechanical Milling for Catalyst Loading of Polymer Filters," Journal of Materials Processing Technology, 209, pp. 5423-5428.
Cavalli, M. and A. Phadke, "Stress Corrosion Cracking of Nickel- and Iron-based Alloys in Gasification Environments," Prepared for Siemens Power Generation, Inc.
Billups, E.K., M.N. Cavalli, "2D Damping Predictions of Fiber Composite Plates: Layup Effects," Composites Science and Technology, 68, pp. 727-733.
Cavalli, M.N., V. Mandava, "Effect of Temperature and Aging Time on 2024 Aluminum Behavior ," Proceedings of Society for Experimental Mechanics Annual Meeting, St. Louis, Missouri, June, 2008.
Fischer, J., D. Umland, B. Trenbeath, M. Cavalli, D. Larson, B. Mitton, R. Todorovic, D. Wilmot, J. Schell, B. Hoiland, J. Rindt, "Basic Studies Concerning Chemically Accelerated Vibratory Surface Finishing (CAVSF)," Proceedings of the Tri-Service Corrosion Conference, December, 2007.
Cavalli, M.N., M.D. Thouless, Q.D. Yang, "Modeling the Deformation and Fracture of Spot-Welded Joints," Fatigue and Fracture of Engineering Materials and Structures, 28, pp. 861-874, 2005.
Cavalli, M.N., T.A. Luoma, "Effect of Processing on Inelastic Fracture Behavior of 6061 Aluminum," Proceedings of Society for Experimental Mechanics Annual Meeting, Portland, Oregon, June, 2005.
Cavalli, M.N., M.D. Thouless, Q.D. Yang, "Modeling the Deformation and Fracture of Weldbonded Joints," Welding Journal, 83, pp. 133s-139s, 2004.
Cavalli, M.N., M.D. Thouless, "Effect of Damage Nucleation on the Toughness of an Adhesive Joint," Journal of Adhesion, 76, pp. 75-92, 2001.
McKay, J. F., D. E Walrath, R. E. Robertson, M. N. Cavalli, "Effect of Aggregates on Isothermal (Steric) Hardening of Asphalts," International Journal of Road Materials and Pavement Design, 2, pp. 195-204, 2001.
Selected Service Activities
Department Chair, UND ME Department, 2010-Present
Graduate Program Director, UND ME Department, 2007-Present
Society for Experimental Mechanics, Fatigue and Fracture Division, Chair, 2010-2012
UND Senate Budget Committee, 2011-2014
UND Faculty Instructional Development Committee, 2009-2012
UND Senate Scholarly Activities Committee, 2008-2011
UND University Curriculum Committee, Chair 2007-2008
UND General Education Committee, Chair 2006-2007
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