John Young, associate professor in the University of Kentucky Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), has received a new award from the Office of Naval Research (ONR). The project, “Permanent Magnetization and Corrosion-Related Field Prediction of Complex Structures,” will be funded in the amount of $751,596 over three years. ECE professor Rob Adams is the Co-I.
The prediction of low-frequency electromagnetic fields in and around marine structures is important in the design of a variety of systems such as corrosion protection systems. However, the prediction of these fields is complicated by the electrically conducting seawater, the variety of materials comprising the structure, the complicated geometry of the structure itself, the various types of sources that directly radiate including the earth's magnetic field, and the extremely large size of many marine structures. Special methods are required to meet each of these computational challenges, and this effort, funded by the Office of Naval Research, will investigate and implement techniques to efficiently and accurately predict low-frequency electromagnetic fields in marine environments on commodity computing hardware. Areas of particular interest are the modeling of structures constructed from non-linear electromagnetic materials, prediction of fields due to corrosion-related processes such as those that occur when a metal is immersed in an electrolyte, and prediction of fields due to eddy currents induced in conductors.
Professors Young and Adams received an ONR award in 2016 to study algorithms for the electromagnetic field modeling of Naval vessels.
This work relates to Department of Navy award N00014-21-1-2599 issued by the Office of Naval Research. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Office of Naval Research.