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Christopher J HansenAssociate Professor, UMass Lowell SHAP3D Site Director
  • College
    Francis College of Engineering
  • Department
    Mechanical Engineering
  • Phone
    (978) 934-2932
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    (978) 934-3048
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Research Interests

Self-healing materials, composites, fiber-reinforced composites, 3D-printing, synthetic microvasculature, bio-mimicry

Multifunctional materials, additive manufacturing (i.e. 3D printing) techniques, fiber-reinforced composite materials, composites processing, microvascular materials, automated composites manufacturing

Education

  • Ph D: Materials Science and Engineering, (2011), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Champaign, IL
  • BS: Materials Engineering, (2005), Iowa State University - Ames, IA
    Supporting Area: Polymers, ceramics, and metals. Minors in Astronomy and German

Biography

Dr. Hansen joined the Mechanical Engineering faculty in Fall 2011. His previous research efforts include 3D viscoelasticfilament micropatterning and synthetic microvasculature for self-healing and thermal regulation applications. He conducts experimental work in the areas of damage remediation using self-healing materials, processing of multifunctional and composite materials, and the creation and use of synthetic microvascular networks. In the classroom, he instructs the undergraduate Mechanical Behavior of Materials and Strength of Materials courses and the graduate Composite Materials and Processing of Composites courses.

Selected Publications

  • Shah, P.N., Dev, S., Lee, Y., Hansen, C.J. (2017) "Processing and Mechanical Properties of Bio-Derived Vinyl Ester Resin-Based Composites.," Journal of Applied Polymer Science 13
  • Sherwood, J.A., Hansen, C.J., DRANE, P., Gorczyca, J.L., WHITE, K., Reynaud, E., others, . (2016) "An Overview of the NIST FIBERS Roadmap to Advance the State of Composites Manufacturing in the US,"
  • Azhar, F., Tite, K., Johnston, S.P., Hansen, C.J., Shina, S.G., Schiano, A.M., Willis, D.J. (2016) "Hands-on made 4 ME: Deploying, using, developing and evaluating desktop computer numerical controlled (CNC) systems in the engineering classroom," ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings 2016-June:
  • Liu, X., Yudzinsky, R., Burke, A., Hansen, C.J. (2016) "Structurally Optimized Beams from Digital Composite Materials,"
  • Dangora, L.M., Hansen, C.J., Mitchell, C.J., Sherwood, J.A., Parker, J.C. (2015) "Challenges associated with shear characterization of a cross-ply thermoplastic lamina using picture frame tests," Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing 78: pp. 181 - 190
  • Vaillant, J.J., Hansen, C.J., Stolk, J., Johnston, S.P., Shina, S.G., Willis, D.J. (2015) "Design and implementation of an inexpensive laboratory for providing hands-on design prototyping and manufacturing experiences to engineering students," American Society for Engineering Education 122nd ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition: Making Value for Society:
  • Fetfatsidis, K.A., Dropkin, A., Dahlstrand, P., Hansen, C.J., Poillucci, R., Olson, B. (2014) "Microvascular composites for thermal management," ASME 2014 Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems, SMASIS 2014 1: pp. Aerospace Division -
  • Sitte, V., Poillucci, R.A., Hansen, C.J. (2014) "Processing of degradable polymer fibers for microvascular pathways," Proceedings of the American Society for Composites - 29th Technical Conference, ASC 2014; 16th US-Japan Conference on Composite Materials; ASTM-D30 Meeting
  • Vaillant, J.J., Hansen, C.J., Stolk, J.D., Johnston, S.P., Shina, S.G., Willis, D.J. (2014) "Hands on made4me: Hands-on machining, analysis and design experiences for mechanical engineers," 121st ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings
  • Hansen, C.J., Saksena, R., Kolesky, D.B., Vericella, J.J., Kranz, S.J., Muldowney, G.P., Christensen, K.T., Lewis, J.A. (2013) "High-throughput printing via microvascular multinozzle arrays," Advanced Materials 25:1 pp. 96-102
  • Tye, J., Hansen, C.J. (2013) "Biomimetic vascular pathways embedded within multifunctional sandwich composites," 28th Annual Technical Conference of the American Society for Composites 2013, ASC 2013 1: pp. 40-48
  • Tye, J., Hansen, C.J. (2013) "Multifunctional composite sandwich structures utilizing embedded microvascular networks," 19th International Conference on Composite Materials
  • Poillucci, R., Hansen, C.J. (2013) "Reducing styrene monomers in unsaturated polyester resins," 19th International Conference on Composite Materials

Selected Presentations

  • "Engaging students via service-learning projects on historic materials design." - 4th North American Materials Education Symposium, March 2013 - Philadelphia, PA
  • "Multifunctional sandwich composites possessing bio-inspired vascular pathways" with J. Tye - ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition, November 2012 - Houston, TX
  • "Microvascular networks for self-healing and multinozzle 3D patterning" with J. Tye - MIT Lincoln Laboratory Mechanical Engineering Technology Symposium, October 2012 - Lexington, MA
  • "Microscale patterning of functional polymeric structures" with J.A. Lewis - American Chemical Society Fall 2011 National Meeting & Exposition, August 2011 - Denver, CO
  • "Interpenetrating microvascular networks for thermal acceleration of self-healing" with S.R. White, N.R. Sottos, J.A. Lewis. - 3rd International Conference on Self-Healing Materials, June 2011 - Bath, United Kingdom
  • "Microvascular Networks for Thermal Acceleration of Self-healing" with S.R. White, N.R. Sottos, J.A. Lewis - Society of Engineering Science 47th Annual Technical Meeting, October 2010 - Ames, IA
  • "Direct ink writing of microvascular networks for self-healing" with W. Wu, N.R. Sottos, S.R. White, J.A. Lewis. - Second International Conference on Self-Healing Materials, June 2009 - Chicago, IL
  • "Self-healing materials with interpenetrating microvascular networks" with K.S. Toohey, W. Wu, S.R. White, N.R. Sottos, J.A. Lewis. - Society of Engineering Science 45th Annual Technical Meeting, September 2008 - Urbana, IL
  • "Direct ink writing of microvascular networks" with W. Wu, A.M. Aragon, N.R. Sottos, S.R. White, P.H. Geubelle, J.A. Lewis. - First International Conference on Self-Healing Materials, April 2007 - Noordwijk aan Zee, The Netherlands
  • "Composite material fabrication and testing for galactic cosmic radiation shielding" with R.K. Kaul - 56th International Astronautical Congress, October 2005 - Fukuoka, Japan

Selected Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

  • AIRTECH -- Airdrop Innovative Research and Technologies (2015), Grant - US Army Natick Soldier Research Development and Engineering Center
    Sherwood, J.A., Amirkhizi, A.V., Chakrabarti, S., Driscoll, S.B., Hansen, C.J., Nagarajan, R., Niezrecki, C., Willis, D.J.
  • I/UCRC: Wind Energy, Science, Technology, and Research (WindSTAR) (2014), - Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships, National Science Foundation
    Schmidt, D. (Co-Principal), Niezrecki, C. (Principal), Willis, D.J. (Co-Principal), Avitabile, P. (Co-Principal), Hansen, C.J. (Co-Principal)
  • Collaborative Research: I/UCRC for Wind Energy, Science, Technology, and Research (WindSTAR) (2014), Grant - National Science Foundation and company members
    Sherwood, J.A., Avitabile, P., Niezrecki, C., Hansen, C.J., Willis, D.J.
  • Science Program Around Communication Engineering with High Achieving Undergraduate Cadres (SPACE HAUC): UMass Lowell's Undergraduate Science Instrument Project (2016), Grant - National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    Hansen, C.J. (Co-Principal), Chakrabarti, S. (Principal)
  • Early Career Faculty Award: Design and Fabrication of Aerospace-Grade Digital Composite Materials (2014), Grant - National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    Hansen, C.J. (Principal)
  • Automated Manufacture of Damage-Detecting, Self-Healing Composite for Cryogenic Pressure Vessels (2015), Grant - National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    Hansen, C.J. (Principal)
  • Facilitating Industry By Engineering, Roadmapping and Science (FIBERS) to Advance (2014), Grant - National Institute of Standards and Technology
    Hansen, C.J. (Co-Principal), Sherwood, J.A. (Principal), Reynaud, E. (Co-Principal), Gorczyca, J.L. (Co-Principal), Chen, J. (Co-Principal)
  • Lowell Tex: Embracing Lowell's Cultural, Historical, and Educational Assets to Create Pathways to STEM (2015), Grant - UMass President's Office
    Hansen, C.J. (Co-Principal), Kuhn, S. (Principal), Kazmer, D.O. (Co-Principal), Reynaud, E. (Co-Principal), Levasseur, K.M. (Co-Principal), Scribner-Maclean, M. (Co-Principal)
  • Team UML-WIND 2016 (2015), Grant - U.S. Department Of Energy
    Hansen, C.J. (Co-Principal), Willis, D.J. (Principal), Johnston, S.P. (Co-Principal), Niezrecki, C. (Co-Principal), Darish, M. (Co-Principal)
  • Safer Solvents in Contact Adhesives (2015), Grant - Toxics Use Reduction Institute
    Hansen, C.J. (Principal)
  • 3D Printed Engineering Thermoplastics (3DPET) (2015), Grant - UMass President's Office
    Hansen, C.J. (Co-Principal), Mead, J.L. (Principal), Kazmer, D.O. (Co-Principal), Barry, C.M. (Co-Principal), Orbey, N. (Co-Principal)
  • 2015 Wind Energy Research Workshop (2015), Grant - National Science Foundation
    Hansen, C.J. (Co-Principal), Willis, D.J. (Principal), Sherwood, J.A. (Co-Principal), Niezrecki, C. (Co-Principal), Inalpolat, M. (Co-Principal)
  • Hands-on Machining, Analysis and Design Experiences for Mechanical Engineers (2013), Grant - NSF TUES program
    Johnston, S.P., Willis, D.J., Hansen, C.J., Shina, S.G.
  • 2013 Micro and Nano Forum (2013), -
    Hansen, C.J. (Principal)
  • Self-Healing Shape Memory Polymer Based Coatings for Protective Garments (2013), Contract - U.S. ARMY NATICK SOLDIER RD&E CENTER
    Hansen, C.J. (Principal)
  • Microvascular Composites for Novel Thermal Management Devices (2013), Contract - U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE
    Hansen, C.J. (Principal)
  • Student Poster Symposium at the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress (2013), Grant - National Science Foundation
    Hansen, C.J. (Principal)
  • Team UML-WIND: Wind Inspired by Natural Designs (2013), Grant - U.S. Department Of Energy
    Johnston, S.P., Willis, D.J., Hansen, C.J., Niezrecki, C., Yang, Y.
  • Self-healing Shape Memory Polymer Based Coatings for Protective Garments (2013), Grant - United States Department of Defense Army Natick Research Center
  • Student Poster Symposium at the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress (2012), Grant - National Science Foundation
    Hansen, C.J. (Principal)
  • Collaborative Research: Planning Grant: I/UCRC for Wind Energy, Science, Technolo (2012), Grant -
    Hansen, C.J. (Co-Principal)
  • Non-Toxic Alternatives to Styrene Monomers in Unsaturated Polyester Resins (2012), Sponsored Research - Toxics Use Reduction Institute
  • Student Poster Symposium at the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (ASME-IMECE) 2012 (2012), Grant - National Science Foundation
  • Collaborative Research: Planning Grant: I/UCRC for Wind Energy, Science, Tech- nology, and Research (WindSTAR) (2012), Sponsored Research - National Science Foundation