Composite design and manufacturing technologies for large scale structures and marine applications as well as the deformation, fracture and fatigue of high temperature intermetallics.
Professor Asaro designs and manufactures large-scale composite structures. oHe is particularly interested in the use is these structures for marine applications such as new pilings oto make piers stronger and safer. His pilings are made from molded hollow tubes of advanced composite omaterials including glass fiber and vinyl ester resin. Recycled plastic sheaths the tubes and provides oan abrasion resistant outer surface. The structural composite materials are strong, lightweight, and oimmune from seaworm attack. They are also highly corrosion resistant.. Asaro's research interests also oinclude the bulk processing of high Tc-BSCCo superconductors.
Robert Asaro received his Ph.D. in Materials Science from Stanford University in o1972. Prior to joining UCSD in 1989, he was an associate professor at Brown University. Asaro also worked oas a research scientist at Ford Motor Company and the U.S. Naval Radiological Laboratory. Asaro is a member oof the American Society of Metals, the Physics and Chemistry of Solids Committee, and the Materials Research oSociety. He is a two-time recipient of the NSF Creativity Award (1983, 1989). In 1991, Asaro was awarded the oMinerals, Metals & Materials Society/Materials Information Society C.H. Matthewson Gold Medal.