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
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Predictive Engineering Tools for Injection-molded Long-fiber Reinforced Thermoplastic Composites Pacific Northwest National Laboratory PNNL's capability allows for integrated use of state-of-the-art processes and constitutive models to calculate tensile and flexural stiffness properties of injection-molded long-fiber...
Morphological Analysis and Synthesis of Light Alloy Interior and Surface Structure Idaho National Laboratory Idaho National Laboratory can perform morphological analysis of industrial surfaces, including aluminum, magnesium, and titanium alloys, with the ultimate goal of providing surface representations....
Advanced High Strength Steel Development Los Alamos National Laboratory Los Alamos National Laboratory has developed an in-house capability to examine the effects of alloying and thermomechanical processing—including primary processing, heat-treatment, rolling, and...
Forming of Magnesium Alloys Oak Ridge National Laboratory Oak Ridge National Laboratory has a unique asymmetric rolling mill, equipped with warm rolls (up to 350°C) capable of shear rolling magnesium, aluminum, and steel sheet. Shear rolling can be used...
Test Machine for Automotive Crashworthiness Oak Ridge National Laboratory The Oak Ridge National Laboratory Composites Laboratory operates a unique servo-hydraulic Test Machine for Automotive Crashworthiness, or TMAC, to conduct progressive crushing tests on composite...
Scalable Shear-assisted Consolidation and Extrusion of Bar, Tube, and Sheet Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has specialized equipment and staff expertise related to the scalability of shear-assisted processes, such as powder consolidation and direct/indirect extrusion...
Prototype Extrusion of Light Alloys Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have developed a unique capability to extrude powder, flake, and solid billets of novel alloys and composites. Extrusions on the order of 0.4- to...