Stephen Van Hall

Thesis Title: Improving Self-Pierce Rivet Performance Through Processing and Alloy Development

 Abstract: In an effort to reduce weight and increase the efficiency of vehicles, mechanical spot joining of dissimilar materials is required. As sheet materials continue to increase in strength, new riveting technology is necessary to provide adequate joining. Understanding the impact of microstructure and mechanical properties on self-pierce rivet performance may provide increased versatility during the joining process.

Degree Plan: Doctorate of Philosophy

Completion: Spring 2017
Group: Bar
Steel Center Student Since: August 2012

Bio: Stephen joined The ASPPRC in August of 2012, after graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Ceramic and Materials Engineering from Clemson University. Prior to joining The ASPPRC Stephen was researching phase changes in metastable beta titanium alloys.

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