Morphological Analysis and Synthesis of Light Alloy Interior and Surface Structure

National Laboratory: 
Idaho National Laboratory
Computational Tools Class: 
Materials Processing
Processing/Manufacturing Class: 
Fabrication and synthesis
Thermo-mechanical processing

Idaho National Laboratory can perform morphological analysis of industrial surfaces, including aluminum, magnesium, and titanium alloys, with the ultimate goal of providing surface representations. These representations extend beyond the somewhat artificial concepts of "roughness" and “waviness.” Instead, they capture the technological operations used for the materials' manufacture (rolling, stretching, etc.) INL's patented and copyrighted software MorphoHawk© also can predict visual appearance of surfaces (e.g., brightness, distinctness of image, diffraction effects and dullness, and/or coloration).

Capability Bounds: 

Limited to metallic materials or any materials coated with a reflecting metal.

Unique Aspects: 

MorphoHawk represents a different approach to analyzing industrial surfaces: not in terms of artificial parameters but of the imprints left by industrial operations. This is especially useful for predicting visual appearance of materials.


Work can be conducted at INL or with a potential customer. Software can be licensed, and the customer's personnel can be properly trained.

Single Point of Contact: 

Name: Dr. Michael V. Glazoff, Distinguished Staff Scientist
Phone: (208) 526-8937

  1. M. V. Glazoff, E. J. Dufek, and E. A. Shalashnikov, Application of Morphological Synthesis for Understanding Electrode Microstructure Evolution as a Function of Applied Charge/Discharge Cycles, Applied Physics A, 122(10), 894 (2016).
  2. M. V. Glazoff, S. N. Rashkeev, Y. P. Pyt’ev, J. W. Yoon, and S. Sheu, Interplay Between Plastic Deformations and Optical Properties of Metal Surfaces: A Multiscale Study, Applied Physics Letters, 95(8), 084106 (2009).
  3. M. V. Glazoff, Y. P. Pyt’ev, S. N. Rashkeev, and K. Gering, Methods, Apparatuses, and Computer-Readable Media for Projectional Morphological Analysis of N-Dimensional Signals, US Patent #9,342,876, issued on May 17, 2016.
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