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Lyle E. Levine (Fed)

Current Research Interests:

  • Additive Manufacturing of Metals: Elucidating the connection between processing, microstructure and behavior using a combination of best-in-the-world synchrotron X-ray measurements, neutron residual stress measurements, comprehensive lab-based measurements, FEA, multicomponent computational thermodynamic and microstructural evolution simulations, electrochemical studies, and mechanical testing.
  • Origins of the mechanical properties of bulk and nanoscale metals
    Dislocation structure evolution (statistical physics theory), stresses in dislocation structures (X-ray microbeam experiments, theory, modeling), slip band evolution (in situ atomic force microscopy), nanoindentation multiscale modeling (finite element and classical atomistic), nanowire deformation (classical atomistic and quantum simulations).
  • Synchrotron X-ray scattering and diffraction:
    Ultra-small-angle X-ray scattering (USAXS) from dislocation structures (experiment and theory), co-developer of USAXS imaging which is available for general users at the Advanced Photon Source, spatially resolved full stress measurements using depth resolved sub-micrometer X-ray beams.

Activities Organized:

  • Founded the Additive Manufacturing Benchmark Test Series (AM-Bench) (2016), Steering Committee Chair, co-Chair of 1st Organizing Committee
  • Founded AM-Bench Conference Series (2018)
  • Founded the Dislocations Conference Series (2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016), permanent member of international organizing committee.
  • Plasticity Conference Symposia (2003, 2005)
  • MRS Symposia (2001, 2003, 2004, 2006)
  • TMS Symposia (2007)
  • APS Focus Sessions (1997, 1998)
  • Workshops and Short Courses (2 in 1998, 2 in 2006)

NIST Outputs:

  • Papers: 141
  • Invited talks: 125
  • Books edited: 3
  • Review chapters: 2
  • Road maps: 2

Adjunct Professor Positions:

University of Southern California, Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering (2008 - present)

Northwestern University, Department of Mechanical Engineering (2017 - present)


ASM International Henry Marion Howe Medal (2018) - For our paper "Formation of the Ni3Nb δ-phase in stress-relieved Inconel 625 produced via laser powder-bed fusion additive manufacturing," Metall. Mater. Trans. 48A 5547-5558 (2017)  

Commerce Department Silver Medal (2016) - "For establishing innovative new instrumentation and software to measure microstructure and dynamics in materials over many length scales and under real-world conditions. Their achievement, illustrated through key application studies, provides a new window into materials’ behavior that fosters their deployment into energy, building, and other technologies. The tools, incorporated into a facility that leverages the powerful X-rays at Argonne National Laboratory, are now a sought after resource for industrial, government, and academic scientists nationwide."

NIST Allen V. Astin Measurement Science Award (2004)
For advancements in the measurement of dynamic material properties, leading to the first ever stress-strain measurements at high strain-rate and heating-rate


Outcomes and Conclusions from the 2018 AM-Bench Measurements, Challenge Problems, Modeling Submissions, and Conference

Lyle E. Levine, Brandon M. Lane, Jarred C. Heigel, Kalman D. Migler, Mark R. Stoudt, Thien Q. Phan, Richard E. Ricker, Maria Strantza, Michael R. Hill, Fan Zhang, Jonathan E. Seppala, Edward J. Garboczi, Erich D. Bain, Daniel Cole, Andrew J. Allen, Jason C. Fox, Carelyn E. Campbell
The Additive Manufacturing Benchmark Test Series (AM-Bench) was established to provide rigorous measurement test data for validating additive manufacturing (AM)
Created October 9, 2019, Updated June 15, 2021