Enabling the lightweight materials industry through a network of national laboratories


Extreme Environment Testing

Evaluation of materials in environmental, chemical, electrical and mechanical combined conditions

Mechanical Behavior of Materials

Evaluation of mechanical performance across strain rates, surface conditions, and geometric constraints


Visualization & characterization techniques ranging from advanced optical to x-ray and beam specific equipment

Non-destructive Examination

Methodologies for evaluation of properties, processes, and materials without destructive testing

Computational Tools

Data Tools

Materials data mining, discovery, information management, and analysis tools

Materials Processing

Predictive simulation capabilities for deformation, joining, solidification


Mechanism based process to structure prediction


Continuum or discrete prediction of effective properties


Fabrication & Synthesis

Material development across scales from synthesis to scalable production


Advanced joining development including multi-material, solid-state, fusion and fastening

Shaping & Forming

Evaluation of materials formability limitations, rate sensitivity, tool life, and effects of shaping

Thermo-mechanical Processing

Development of heat treatments, thermo-mechanical processing, and microstructural modification techniques

Composites Manufacturing

Development of advanced materials and processing of low cost, energy efficient, multifunctional materials, and sustainability

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Established as part of the Energy Materials Network, under the U.S. Department of Energy's Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative, the mission of the Lightweight Materials National Lab Consortium is to create an enduring national lab-based network, enabling industry to utilize the national labs' unique capabilities related to lightweight materials.

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