The High Temperature Materials Laboratory (HTML) at ORNL is a national resource focused on technological and application-oriented materials characterization research. Key research areas include: automotive lightweighting and high-strength weight reduction materials; vehicle propulsion materials; thermoelectrics for solid-state energy conversion; and materials for energy storage, power electronics, and electric motors. Working with industry, HTML research enables emerging technologies and accelerates their commercialization.
The HTML provides extensive capabilities for characterizing the microstructure, composition, and physical and mechanical properties of materials over a wide range of temperatures and conditions. The HTML's sophisticated instrumentation supports research for: determining materials structure, characterizing microstructure to the sub-atomic level, profiling of both surface and chemistry of materials, analysis of mechanical behavior as a function of temperature and environment, examination of stresses and texture in materials and components, determination of thermophysical properties in a wide range of conditions, and analyzing tribological characteristics of high-performance materials.
The HTML offers a unique suite of leading-edge materials characterization instrumentation, often one-of-a-kind or custom-designed for a specific technical challenge. Examples include electron microscopes and surface analysis instruments; machines for electromechanical, crashworthiness, and servohydraulic testing; x-ray and large-specimen residual stress mapping; high-performance infrared cameras, and microprobes/nanoindentation.
Research is conducted under Strategic Project Partnerships, cooperative research and development agreement (CRADAs), and other collaborative mechanisms.
Name: Edgar Lara-Cuzio, Director High Temperature Materials Laboratory
Phone: (865) 574-1748
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