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
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...
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...
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...
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 &...
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...
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...
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...
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...
High Heat Flux Plasma Testing Facility Oak Ridge National Laboratory The high-heat flux testing facility based on water-wall Plasma Arc Lamps (PAL) was designed for (a) materials testing; (b) Al and steel annealing; (c) infrared heating; and (d) cladding and coating...
Thermal Analysis Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Two MettlerToledo high-throughput high-temperature-capable thermal analyses, a differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and a thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), are available within this capability....
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.
Transport and Thermophysical Properties Oak Ridge National Laboratory Oak Ridge National Laboratory provides world-class facilities and a staff of technical experts for determining transport and thermophysical properties, such as thermal conductivity, diffusivity,...
Tribological Testing and Modeling Oak Ridge National Laboratory Oak Ridge National Laboratory is a national leader in tribological research and development (R&D) of advanced materials in both bulk and coating forms. Lightweight materials of interest include...
Dissimilar Materials Corrosion Oak Ridge National Laboratory Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Corrosion Science and Technology Group is one of the largest and most comprehensive corrosion research groups in the United States. The group develops solutions...
Magnesium Alloy and Coating Corrosion Oak Ridge National Laboratory Oak Ridge National Laboratory is applying advanced characterization techniques to understand how magnesium alloy and coating composition/microstructure affect the formation of protective surface...
Ionic Liquids for Energy-efficient Lubricants and Anti-corrosion Coatings Oak Ridge National Laboratory Oak Ridge National Laboratory is a global pioneer and leader in the development of ionic liquids as next-generation, multifunctional, energy-efficient lubricant additives for engine and gear...
X-ray Diffraction (Residual Stress and Phase Identification, Room and High Temperature, and Texture) Oak Ridge National Laboratory Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s x-ray diffraction (XRD) provides information about the arrangement of atoms in top surfaces (typically <50 μm) of materials/samples. These samples can be...
Physical and Mechanical Properties Testing for Demanding Environments Idaho National Laboratory Idaho National Laboratory can perform testing related to creep-fatigue, stress relaxation, and in situ crack growth at elevated temperatures in vacuum or controlled chemistry/gas environments.
Permeation (x2) and Thermal Desorption Instruments Sandia National Laboratories Sandia National Laboratories features custom-built equipment for studying very low pressures of dissolved hydrogen or other isotopes in metals.
Hydrogen Effects on Materials Laboratory Sandia National Laboratories Specialized systems in the Hydrogen Effects on Materials Laboratory, known as HEML, allow characterization of structural materials under in-service conditions, such as hydrogen gas pressures up to...

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