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Mechanical Engineering
University of Hawai`i at Manoa
2540 Dole St. - Holmes Hall 302
Honolulu HI 96822

Departmental Chair:
Mehrdad N. Ghasemi Nejhad

    Lloyd H. Hihara  
Professor of M.E.
PhD 1989, MIT Metallurgy

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Research Interests

Corrosion behavior of advanced materials in Hawaii’s micro-climates.
Corrosion behavior of SiC/Al, boron carbide/Al, alumina/Al, and Si/Al metal-matrix composites.
Sol-gel and silane-based liquid-precursor ceramic films for corrosion barriers on metal substrates.
Corrosion of Microelectromechanical Systems.
Materials compatibility of metal alloys coupled to polymer-matrix and ceramic-matrix composites, and monolithic ceramics.


Selected Publications

L. H. Hihara, "Anodic and Cathodic Models for Interpreting Polarization Behavior of Ceramic-Coated Substrates Containing Pre-existing Coating Breaches," Corrosion Engineering Science and Technology, in press, 2004.
L.H. Hihara, A.S. Iwane, R.E. Rocheleau, "Polarization Behavior and Corrosion-Initiation Mechanisms of Molybdenum Coated With Amorphous Hydrogenated Silicon Alloy Thin Ceramic Films," Corrosion Engineering Science and Technology, in press, 2004.
T. Arasu Govindaraju, L.H. Hihara, "Systematic Testing and Analysis of Corrosion at 6061-T6 Aluminum and Organic-Matrix Composite Interfaces," Eight Japan International SAMPE Symposium and Exhibition, Tokyo, Japan, 18 – 21 November 2003.
L.H. Hihara, Hongbo Ding, Z.J. Lin, "The Formation of Anodic and Cathodic Corrosion Sites on Aluminum Metal-Matrix Composites," Eight Japan International SAMPE Symposium and Exhibition, Tokyo, Japan, 18 – 21 November 2003.
L.H. Hihara "Chapter 57 - Metal-Matrix Composites," in the ASTM Manual on Corrosion Tests and Standards: Application and Interpretation, Second Edition, American Society for Testing and Materials International, in press, 2004.
L.H. Hihara, P. Panquites, IV, "The Potential of Electrochemical Machining for Silicon Carbide/Aluminum Metal-Matrix Composites," Abrasives and Grinding Magazine, Dec/Jan/Feb/March 2003, p. 12 - 17.
L. A. Gintert, L. H. Hihara, "Corrosion Considerations for Military Applications of Composite Material Systems," CORROSION/2002, National Associate of Corrosion Engineers, April 7–11, 2002, Denver, CO.
L.H.Hihara, A. Iwane, S. Voss, R.E. Rocheleau, and Z.E. Zhang, "Initiation of Corrosion in Metal Substrates Coated with Plasma-Deposited Hydrogenated Amorphous Silicon Alloy Thin Films," Corrosion Science, Vol. 41, pp. 1403 – 1417,1999.
L.H. Hihara, "Corrosion of Aluminum Matrix Composites," Corrosion Reviews, Volume 15, Nos. 3-4, 1997.

Courses Offered

Materials Science; Corrosion; Component Design; Materials Selection for Design; Machine Design; Fundamentals of Electrochemistry; Advanced Topics in Mechanical Engineering

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