Tyler Grimm

Automotive Engineering PhD Student

Graduate Research Assistant

Phone: (724)-480-9773

Tyler Grimm - Automotive Engineering Graduate Research Assistant


My interest in automotive manufacturing started at an early age. Working on cars with my dad allowed me to dissect the many systems within them and learn how they worked. In pursuing this interest, I attended college at Penn State Behrend for a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. I quickly joined a manufacturing research group led by Dr. John Roth, an expert in this field. Over the next few years, my interest turned into a passion, and I was able to experience the remarkable influence academic research can have on industry. The research I am now conducting at Clemson University aims to improve advanced manufacturing processes for rapid implementation into domestic industries.

Featured Research

Incremental Forming

Incremental forming is an advanced manufacturing process capable of rapid prototyping of sheet metal shapes. These logos of the major automotive OEM’s were each formed in less than 20 minutes, without any dedicated dies. Whether it’s a desk ornament or an experimental panel on a concept car, incremental forming provides an excellent solution.


When machining freeform surfaces, geometric errors known as scallops are inevitably formed. Traditional toolpaths, which form these scallops in repetitive patterns, can easily produce a maximum scallop height. We’ve developed an algorithm to randomly generate toolpaths, while still maintaining a specified tolerance. With a unique surface finish, this process has an aesthetic appeal in addition to industrial advantages.


The use of high-speed videography has been essential in our work related to Friction Element Welding (FEW), a multi-material joining process used to secure aluminum sheets to steel.

Electrically Assisted Manufacturing

Electrically assisted manufacturing, which is the application of an electric current during a manufacturing process, causes several different phenomena. Studying these effects is exceptionally difficult to perform experimentally. My work focuses on decoupling the influence of DC power supplies’ current output with flow stress reductions commonly seen in deformation studies. Power supplies normally used in electrically assisted manufacturing research are assumed to output a perfect, DC current. However, this is  not true. The image shown here is the signal output from a very high current power supply. As can be seen, the output is clearly not stable.

In Situ TEM

An electric current has been shown to change precipitates in aluminum alloys. The objective of this work is to observe precipitate evolution in situ with an electric current. This is performed by using a MEMS, electrically-biasing chip, which can be used to apply electric current to a TEM sample. A video summary of this work can be found Here.

TEM lamella on electrically biasing chip

Open-Source Code

The voltage during a capacitor discharge can be described by the equation:


The variables a, b, and c must be determined such that a desired set of values (e.g. V_peak, t_peak, V_off, and t_Pulse Width) are produced by the equation. Since a general solution for this problem does not exist, a solution must be found programmatically.

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A MATLAB function for finding the area between two intersecting circles.

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This program was built for experimental skin effect determination. A wire bundle was separated in one section such that individual wires can be probed for current. By probing many of these wires in concentric rings, the heterogeneous current density distribution could be determined. This code determines which wires should belong in each ring and what percentage of current through these wires should contribute to the ring.

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A MATLAB function for finding the outermost intersection points for the following parametric function, which defines a trochoidal path:

X(t) = R_cp * cos(Phi_dot * t) + R_t * cos(theta_dot * (-t))
Y(t) = R_cp * sin(Phi_dot * t) + R_t * sin(theta_dot * (-t)) + nu * t

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A MATLAB function to plot the intersection area of multiple circles.

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Industrial Internships


  • Contributed towards qualification of novel material’s use in military-grade bearings

  • Developed microstructure electroetching method for stainless steel, allowing technicians to more accurately and efficiently determine grain size of material

  • Investigated anisotropic properties of received metallic material, confirming the existence of carbide banding due to alloy segregation

Impact Guard

  • Developed work instructions for 5 manufacturing operations

  • Constructed multiple Excel Userforms in Visual Basic

  • Integrated control chart feature displays visual aid for go/no go conditions and allows supervisors to monitor process statistics

  • Investigated improvements to converting processes

Franklin Industries

  • Worked within multiple constraints to developed a new pass design

  • New design allows tolerances to be more easily realized, consequently reducing waste material and decreasing production downtime

  • Created lifter mechanism for punch press, allowing greater automation and increasing safety by replacing manual operations

  • Compiled a parts list and investigated the cost of converting a tracer lathe to CNC lathe

  • Designed an improved sensor mechanism for automatic repeater gates