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.
 
Many of the capabilities listed on this page are user facilities managed by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science. Each user facility has established processes for submitting a proposal and gaining access. Visit http://science.energy.gov/user-facilities/user-resources/getting-started for more information.

Capability National Lab Description
Experimental Mechanics Sandia National Laboratories This research facility, housed within Sandia National Laboratories, includes three laboratories—Mechanics of Materials Laboratory, Micromechanics Laboratory, and Lightweight Structures...
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...
In-Situ Deformation Testing of Light Weight Materials Los Alamos National Laboratory LANL can perform tensile testing in selected regions of a microstructure to obtain insight on local deformation and failure modes. Using electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD), focused ion beam (FIB...
Elevated Temperature Mechanical Testing Los Alamos National Laboratory LANL can perform mechanical testing (tensile, compressive, and shear) on materials at temperatures up to 1000°C in vacuum or inert gas. Additional capability exists for doing this at high...
Fracture Mechanics and Environmental Materials Testing National Energy Technology Laboratory Room and elevated temperature (quasi-static & dynamic up to 1200°C) mechanical testing according to ASTM standards is available utilizing a variety of load frames (electromechanical &...
Stress-Corrosion Cracking/Corrosion Fatigue Evaluation of Target Structural Materials Oak Ridge National Laboratory Research involving stress-corrosion cracking (SCC) and corrosion fatigue (CF) is the most recent addition to ORNL's internationally recognized materials and corrosion research and development...
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...
High Rate and High Performance Joining of Composites Oak Ridge National Laboratory ORNL has experience using microwaves to develop joining of polymeric products. Microwave-based joining of polymeric products has been developed via deposition of an electrically conductive material...
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...
High Flux Isotope Reactor Oak Ridge National Laboratory The High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) is an 85-MW research reactor that features 12 neutron beamlines accessible via a competitive "user proposal" process.
Spallation Neutron Source Oak Ridge National Laboratory The Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) features 18 neutron beamlines that may be accessed through a competitive "user proposal" process.
Tribological Testing and Modeling Oak Ridge National Laboratory Oak Ridge National Laboratory is a national leader in tribological research and development (R&D) of advanced materials in both bulk and coating forms. Lightweight materials of interest include...
Dissimilar Materials Corrosion Oak Ridge National Laboratory Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Corrosion Science and Technology Group is one of the largest and most comprehensive corrosion research groups in the United States. The group develops solutions...
Physical and Mechanical Properties Testing for Demanding Environments Idaho National Laboratory Idaho National Laboratory can perform testing related to creep-fatigue, stress relaxation, and in situ crack growth at elevated temperatures in vacuum or controlled chemistry/gas environments.
Permeation (x2) and Thermal Desorption Instruments Sandia National Laboratories Sandia National Laboratories features custom-built equipment for studying very low pressures of dissolved hydrogen or other isotopes in metals.
Hydrogen Effects on Materials Laboratory Sandia National Laboratories Specialized systems in the Hydrogen Effects on Materials Laboratory, known as HEML, allow characterization of structural materials under in-service conditions, such as hydrogen gas pressures up to...
Thermal Characterization and Modeling of Materials/Interfaces National Renewable Energy Laboratory The National Renewable Energy Laboratory focuses on advanced thermal and thermomechanical aspects for materials and interfaces for numerous applications, and performs comprehensive evaluation through...
Evaluation of Mechanical Properties of Materials and Structures Oak Ridge National Laboratory The Mechanical Properties & Mechanics Group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory manages a large collection of mechanical testing equipment with capabilities to conduct uni- and multi-axial tests,...
Multi-camera and High-speed Imaging Systems for In Situ 3D Deformation Characterization Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Digital image correlation (DIC) is a data analysis method that analyzes the speckle pattern in an image sequence during deformation to determine the displacement and strain tensor at a given location...