LightMAT Capabilities

The LightMAT resource network contains capabilities from the U.S. Department of Energy National Laboratory system. This search function enables you to view and filter these capabilities within LightMAT.
 
Many of the capabilities listed on this page are user facilities managed by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science. Each user facility has established processes for submitting a proposal and gaining access. Visit http://science.energy.gov/user-facilities/user-resources/getting-started for more information.

Capability National Lab Description
Enhanced Understanding and Expertise of Structural Defects In Metals Sandia National Laboratories Sandia National Laboratories' staff have the experience and expertise in investigating the mechanisms governing strain localization and dislocation transmission at interfaces of metals. This...
Finite Element Tools and Simulations Connecting Properties to Performance Sandia National Laboratories Fundamental consideration of finite deformation mechanics within the context of nonlinear finite element methodologies integrated with constitutive model domain expertise provides a path to material...
Experimental Mechanics Sandia National Laboratories This research facility, housed within Sandia National Laboratories, includes three laboratories—Mechanics of Materials Laboratory, Micromechanics Laboratory, and Lightweight Structures...
Tools and Techniques for Development of High-fidelity Interatomic Potentials Sandia National Laboratories Sandia National Laboratories’ Mechanics of Materials Department has tools and techniques specialized for the development of high-fidelity interatomic potentials, used in molecular dynamics...
LAMMPS, an Open-source, High-performance Molecular Dynamics Code For Materials Modeling Sandia National Laboratories LAMMPS is a classical molecular dynamics code, widely used within the materials science community. It has potentials for solid-state materials (metals; semiconductors) and soft matter (biomolecules;...
SPPARKS, a Mesoscale Model for Simulating Microstructural Evolution Sandia National Laboratories SPPARKS is a parallel Monte Carlo code for on- and off-lattice models that includes algorithms for kinetic Monte Carlo (KMC), rejection kinetic Monte Carlo (rKMC), and Metropolis Monte Carlo (MMC)....
Dual E-beam Evaporator Sandia National Laboratories The dual E-beam evaporator affords the ability to make thin layers of alloys, including compositions that can be difficult to achieve because of conventional and vacuum miscibility constraints. The...
Microstructure-based Forming Simulation Tools for Face-centered Cubic and Hexagonal Close-packed Metals and Alloys Los Alamos National Laboratory This capability is based on Los Alamos National Laboratory’s unique, multiscale, crystal plasticity expertise used for developing and using physically based and experimentally validated,...
Nanoscale In Situ Mechanical Testing Stage Los Alamos National Laboratory Mechanical properties unattainable via bulk testing can be explored and quantified with small-scale testing. For example, mechanical behavior of individual interfaces, small-scale particles, and low...
Aberration-corrected Lorentz Transmission Electron Microscope (ALTEM) Argonne National Laboratory The ALTEM instrument is dedicated to imaging magnetic fields and magnetic materials in a field-free region, which is critical for magnetic materials. Compared to standard magnetic imaging, aberration...
Low-temperature Boriding of Lightweight Engine Materials Argonne National Laboratory ANL offers a breakthrough technology that enables boriding of aluminum, magnesium, and titanium alloys that are very thick and operates fast at temperatures of ~200°C using a proprietary molten...
In-Situ Deformation Testing of Light Weight Materials Los Alamos National Laboratory LANL can perform tensile testing in selected regions of a microstructure to obtain insight on local deformation and failure modes. Using electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD), focused ion beam (FIB...
Elevated Temperature Mechanical Testing Los Alamos National Laboratory LANL can perform mechanical testing (tensile, compressive, and shear) on materials at temperatures up to 1000°C in vacuum or inert gas. Additional capability exists for doing this at high...
Additively Manufactured High Performance Carbon Fiber Composites Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory LLNL has developed a capability for additively manufacturing carbon fiber thermoset composites via direct ink writing micro-extrusion technology. LLNL can control fiber placement in 2.5 dimensions...
Alloy Formulation and Processing National Energy Technology Laboratory NETL uses computational methods in alloy design, melting, casting, heat treating and deformation processing. Melt processing methods employed include induction melting (air & vacuum), vacuum arc...
Extreme Environmental Testing Facilities Ames Laboratory Facilities include the Severe Environmental Corrosion and Erosion Research Facility (SECERF) and the Supercritical Materials Research Facility (SMRF). Both facilities allow medium term exposures of...
Fracture Mechanics and Environmental Materials Testing National Energy Technology Laboratory Room and elevated temperature (quasi-static & dynamic up to 1200°C) mechanical testing according to ASTM standards is available utilizing a variety of load frames (electromechanical &...
Renewable Nitrile Precursors for Lightweight Fibers and Polymers National Renewable Energy Laboratory NREL hosts a fully automated reactor system with tandem reactor beds, designed for the production of acrylonitrile or other nitrile compounds from bio-derived feedstocks. The reactor system...
Conventional Carbon Fiber Conversion-Small, Medium, and Pre-production Scale Oak Ridge National Laboratory ORNL operates three scales of carbon fiber conversion lines at three different locations in and around the ORNL campus. These facilities can convert conventional and non-conventional precursors to...
Casting and Modeling Oak Ridge National Laboratory ORNL Casting and Modeling capabilities include:Liquid metal processing (casting):Two air induction furnaces for melting and casting ferrous and nickel-based alloyOne resistance furnace for casting...
Polymer & Composite Material Development and Additive Manufacturing Oak Ridge National Laboratory ORNL is on the forefront of polymer and composite materials research and additive manufacturing (AM) capabilities. The collaboration with the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing...
Powder Metallurgy Capability Oak Ridge National Laboratory ORNL's Powder Metallurgy Capability features: laser particle size distribution measurement, Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) surface area determination, spray drying, vibratory screening, glove box...
Top-down Design and Processing of Light Weight Alloys Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory Large volume manufacturing of complex geometry components such as cylinder heads, engine block and turbo charger compressor impellers require castable ligh weight alloys that retain mechanical...
Extrusion and Rolling Oak Ridge National Laboratory The 4508 high is equipped with an operation 1250-ton extrusion press. Nitrogen over water processes everything from light metals, such as Al, Mg, and Ti alloys, to steels, nickel-based alloys, and...
Pitch-based Carbon Fiber Precursor Development and Conversion Oak Ridge National Laboratory ORNL has multiple pieces of equipment that can be used for processing and producing mesophase pitches. The carbon and composites group has multiple vacuum furnaces, atmospheric furnaces, and...

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