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
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...
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...
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 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...
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...
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...
Digital Image Correlation Engine Sandia National Laboratories Digital image correlation (DIC) is a non-contact means of measuring motion and full-field displacements using only digital images of the object studied. DIC also involves computing strains as a...
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...
Solid-state Joining of Similar and Dissimilar Automotive Sheet Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Integrating state-of-the-art thermal control strategies with patented solid-state joining techniques, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory provides the largest team of coordinated researchers in...
Non-destructive Sheet Metal Inspection Pacific Northwest National Laboratory This capability contains eddy current electrical conductivity and flaw detector and ultrasound flaw, corrosion, and thickness detect sensors. Before or after sheet metal forming and heat treatment,...
Predicting the Formability of Lightweight Alloys Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have demonstrated experience in predicting formability of lightweight alloys, including magnesium sheet. A heated limiting dome height (LDH)...
Superplastic and Hot Gas Forming of Lightweight Alloys Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have demonstrated experience in developing the alloys, thermomechanical processing, die design, and forming process parameters used in...
Integrated Forming Process Simulations-From Edge Preparation to Stretching and Hole Expansion Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Pacific Northwest National Laboratory provides an integrated manufacturing process simulation capability that can be used to predict the edge formability and hole expansion ratio for polycrystalline...
Sheet Metal Formability Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Forming limit diagram (FLD) is an important tool to ascertain if a given sheet metal can be formed into a particular geometry. Formability of sheet metals can be influenced by material variables (...
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...
Sheet Metal Tribology Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Formability of sheet metals is influenced by the friction between the sheet and dies, which, in turn, depend upon factors such as lubricant, temperature, pressure, sheet and die surface finish, etc....
High Strain Rate Forming, Testing and Processing Pacific Northwest National Laboratory This capability at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory comprises sheet metal forming, tension/compression testing, and solid-state joining, all performed at high strain rates. These tests are...