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...
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...
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...
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...
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 &...
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...
Stress-Corrosion Cracking/Corrosion Fatigue Evaluation of Target Structural Materials Oak Ridge National Laboratory Research involving stress-corrosion cracking (SCC) and corrosion fatigue (CF) is the most recent addition to ORNL's internationally recognized materials and corrosion research and development...
Shear Roll Forming of Magnesium Alloys Oak Ridge National Laboratory ORNL has a unique asymmetric rolling mill, equipped with warm rolls (up to 300°C) capable of shear rolling magnesium, aluminum, and steel sheet. Shear rolling can be used to modify the basal...
Synthesis, Processing/Manufacturing Capability, and Characterization Expertise in Polymer Sciences Oak Ridge National Laboratory ORNL has extensive capabilities relevant to synthesis of novel polymers, reactive extrusion, molding, and characterization. Synthesis usually is done in small (0.25 L) to bench-scale (2 L) batch...
Additive Manufacturing of Metals Oak Ridge National Laboratory ORNL is working with additive manufacturing feedstocks, equipment manufacturers, and end users to revolutionize the way products are designed and built. The research and development in this field are...
Transportation and High Volume Composite Materials Manufacturing Oak Ridge National Laboratory ORNL's integrated composite materials manufacturing capability incorporates materials and processing research and development via prototypical parts, components, and system demonstration.
High Rate and High Performance Joining of Composites Oak Ridge National Laboratory ORNL has experience using microwaves to develop joining of polymeric products. Microwave-based joining of polymeric products has been developed via deposition of an electrically conductive material...
High Strain Rate Servo-Hydraulic Testing of Magnesium and Other Materials Oak Ridge National Laboratory The high rate test machine (HRTM) is built around a custom high-rate actuator designed and built by MTS Corp. Capacity is 9000 lbf at static conditions and 5500 lbf at maximum velocity of 700 in./sec...
Nanostructured Surface Preparation using Laser Interference Structuring Oak Ridge National Laboratory The laser-assisted interference technique involves two or more beams to create power variation on a surface. Those beams are guided to the sample surface by overlapping each other with defined angles...
Laser Ultrasonics Idaho National Laboratory Laser ultrasonics can provide micron- to nanometer-scale elastic property information commensurate with microstructure heterogeneity. Examples include monitoring recrystallization at high...
Laser Based Micron Level Thermal Property Measurement Idaho National Laboratory Idaho National Laboratory uses a thermoreflectance approach to simultaneously measure thermal conductivity and diffusivity with micron-level resolution. This experimental information, in tandem with...
Non-destructive Characterization: Quantitative X-ray Computed Technology Idaho National Laboratory Idaho National Laboratory has a variety of X-ray imaging systems capable of non-destructive three-dimensional (3D) imaging of objects and materials. These systems vary significantly in size and...
Aluminum Alloy Phase Equilibria, Thermodynamic Properties, and Microstructure Idaho National Laboratory Idaho National Laboratory has the required computational tools and expertise (VASP, LAMMPS, GIBBS, PHONON, THERMO-CALC, DICTRA, and PRISMA) that enable designing different aluminum alloy tempers for...
High Flux Isotope Reactor Oak Ridge National Laboratory The High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) is an 85-MW research reactor that features 12 neutron beamlines accessible via a competitive "user proposal" process.
Spallation Neutron Source Oak Ridge National Laboratory The Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) features 18 neutron beamlines that may be accessed through a competitive "user proposal" process.
High But Constant Strain Rate Materials Testing with the Testing Machine for Automotive Crashworthiness (TMAC) Oak Ridge National Laboratory As part of a comprehensive approach in developing and applying composite materials, ORNL develops and maintains extensive capabilities for testing composite constituents, components, and structures...
Capabilities for Materials Characterization and Performance Sandia National Laboratories SNL has a broad suite of materials characterization and performance capabilities that includes equipment and expertise in sample preparation, surface analysis, microstructural imaging, and chemical...

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