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.
 
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Capability National Lab Description
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
Conventional and Non-Conventional Carbon Fiber Surface Treatment Oak Ridge National Laboratory ORNL has three mechanisms established or under development for surface treatment of carbon fiber: 1) electrochemical, the most common industrial surface treatment method (exists at the Carbon Fiber...
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...
Microwave Assisted Plasma (MAP) Carbonization of Oxidized PAN Fiber Oak Ridge National Laboratory Conventional carbonization employs a thermal pyrolysis process that is slow and energy and space intensive. This microwave-assisted plasma (MAP) carbonization approach is based upon a discovery that...
Microwave-assisted Reversible Bonding of Composites Oak Ridge National Laboratory Conventional adhesive bonding uses thermosetting adhesives. Typically, the adherents can be separated only by destructive means, usually incurring damage to one or both of the joined substrates. ORNL...
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...
Non-Conventional Carbon Fiber and Polymer Oxidation Oak Ridge National Laboratory ORNL facilitates conventional and advanced stabilization and oxidation of carbon fiber precursor. The plasma-based advanced oxidation technology for carbon fiber precursor was jointly developed...
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...
Polymer-based Carbon Fiber Precursor Development Oak Ridge National Laboratory To complement its core capabilities for carbon fiber conversion, ORNL has developed a unique understanding of alternative carbon precursors of polymeric and non-polymeric organic compounds in nature...
Functional Coating Method and Material Development Pacific Northwest National Laboratory This capability supports a functionally different material coating method. The process mainly focuses on a slurry-based coating method, which is an inexpensive and easy coating method similar to...
Engineered High-performance Alloy Design and Production with Solidification and Powder Metallurgy Pacific Northwest National Laboratory This capability features an arc melting method and powder metallurgy. This capability is not limited to solidification. For developing high-performance alloys, high- and low-energy physical mixing (...
Accelerated Alloy Development using High-throughput Bulk Combinatorial Technique Pacific Northwest National Laboratory PNNL's high-throughput combinatorial arc melting system is a unique capability that was created in-house for accelerated alloy development. The systems consists of an argon-filled chamber, a set...
Combinatorial Alloy Thin-Film Deposition System Pacific Northwest National Laboratory PNNL has two, multi-cathode magnetron sputter deposition systems that can be used to deposit multi-component alloy thin films. The first system is capable of depositing up to five elements...
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...

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