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Research Interests

Professor Cao’s major research interests include innovative manufacturing processes and systems, particularly in the areas of deformation-based processes and laser processes. Her work has made fundamental contributions to the characterization of the effects of material structure on forming behavior of metals and woven composites. Her research has integrated analytical and numerical simulation methods, control and sensors, design methodologies to advance manufacturing processes. Professor Cao’s research group has designed unique manufacturing equipment for microforming, dieless sheet forming, and additive manufacturing. Current research has direct impacts on energy-efficient manufacturing, surface engineering, and distributed manufacturing.

Education/Academic qualification

Mechanical Engineering, PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

… → 1995

Mechanical Engineering, MS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

… → 1992

Materials Science and Engineering & Automatic Control, BS, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

… → 1989

Research interests

  • Composite sheet forming
  • Energy efficient manufacturing processes
  • Instability analysis
  • Laser processes
  • Micro-forming
  • Microforming
  • Sheet metal forming
  • Solid mechanics
  • Surface texturing

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    Wu, H., Pritchet, D., Wolff, S., Cao, J., Ehmann, K. & Zou, P., Aug 2020, In : Additive Manufacturing. 34, 101170.

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  • 1 Scopus citations

    Bio-inspired functional surface fabricated by electrically assisted micro-embossing of AZ31 magnesium alloy

    Wang, X., Xu, J., Wang, C., Sánchez Egea, A. J., Li, J., Liu, C., Wang, Z., Zhang, T., Guo, B. & Cao, J., Jan 1 2020, In : Materials. 13, 2, 412.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 1 Scopus citations

    Manipulation and localized deposition of particle groups with modulated electric fields

    Pritchet, D., Ehmann, K., Cao, J. & Huang, J., Feb 1 2020, In : Micromachines. 11, 2, p. 1-28 28 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Micro wave patterns by vibrating-lens assisted laser machining

    Wu, H., Zou, P., Yan, W., Cao, J. & Ehmann, K. F., Mar 2020, In : Journal of Materials Processing Technology. 277, 116424.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Scopus citations

    Texturing of metallic surfaces for superhydrophobicity by water jet guided laser micro-machining

    Shi, Y., Jiang, Z., Cao, J. & Ehmann, K. F., Jan 15 2020, In : Applied Surface Science. 500, 144286.

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  • 2 Scopus citations