Kevin Trumble

Kevin Trumble

Professor of Materials Engineering

Contact Information

Phone: +1 765 49-44114
School of Materials Engineering
Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering
701 West Stadium Avenue
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2045

Research Areas

Current research is focused on microstructure development in materials processing, especially the role of interfaces: 

(1) fundamentals of wetting and infiltration in processing metal-ceramic composites;

(2) colloidal processing of ceramics and ceramic composites;

(3) ultrafine grained metals via machining;

(4) microstructure studies on catalyst materials and

(5) microstructure development in meteorites.

Single crystal Ni-based superalloy CMSX-4 directionally solidified (upward) into and through a particulate alumina preform without change of orientation. See Met.Mater. Trans. 36A, 2461 (2005).

Purdue Center for Metal Casting Research


  • B.S.E. and M.S.E. 1985 University of Michigan
  • Ph.D. 1990, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Humboldt Fellowship 1990-91, Max-Planck-Institut, Stuttgart, Germany

Selected Publications

  • J. B. Mann, C. Saldana, S. Chandrasekar, W. D. Compton and K. P. Trumble, Metal Particulate Production by Modulation-Assisted Machining, Scripta Materialia, in press.
  • M.R. Shankar, R. Verma, B.C. Rao, S. Chandrasekar, W. D. Compton, A.H. King, and K. P. Trumble; Severe Plastic Deformation in Difficult-to-Deform Materials at Near-Ambient Temperatures; Metallurgical and Materials Transactions, in press.
  • H. J. Kim, M. J. M. Krane, K. P. Trumble, and K. J. Bowman; Analytical Fluid Flow Models for Tape Casting; Journal of the American Ceramic Society, 89 [9], 2769-2775 (2006).
  • R. Shao, M. J. M. Krane, and K. P. Trumble; Infiltration and Directional Solidification of CMSX-4 Through a Particulate Ceramic Preform; Metallurgical and Materials Transactions, 36A [9], 2461-2470 (2005).


  • MSE 230 Structure and Properties of Materials
  • MSE 240 Processing and Properties of Materials
  • MSE 367 Materials Processing Laboratory
  • MSE 430-440 Materials Processing and Design I and II
  • MSE 512 Powder Processing
  • MSE 536 Solidification Processing
  • MSE 597S Steel: Processing and Properties

Graduate Students

Research Title: Thin section casting of nickel superalloys
Research Title: Hot tearing and cold cracking of hard aluminum alloys