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
Aberration-corrected Lorentz Transmission Electron Microscope (ALTEM) Argonne National Laboratory The ALTEM instrument is dedicated to imaging magnetic fields and magnetic materials in a field-free region, which is critical for magnetic materials. Compared to standard magnetic imaging, aberration...
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...
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...
Top-down Design and Processing of Light Weight Alloys Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory Large volume manufacturing of complex geometry components such as cylinder heads, engine block and turbo charger compressor impellers require castable ligh weight alloys that retain mechanical...
Functional Coating Method and Material Development Pacific Northwest National Laboratory This capability supports a functionally different material coating method. The process mainly focuses on a slurry-based coating method, which is an inexpensive and easy coating method similar to...
Engineered High-performance Alloy Design and Production with Solidification and Powder Metallurgy Pacific Northwest National Laboratory This capability features an arc melting method and powder metallurgy. This capability is not limited to solidification. For developing high-performance alloys, high- and low-energy physical mixing (...
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...
Thermal Analysis Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Two MettlerToledo high-throughput high-temperature-capable thermal analyses, a differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and a thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), are available within this capability....
Integrated Health Monitoring and Non-destructive Testing of Composite Structures Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Structural health monitoring (SHM) can be defined as the process of on-demand, automated condition monitoring, or continuous self-interrogation of the state of health of a structure over its service...
Grain Size, Texture, and Materials Variation Measurements using Scanning Acoustic Microscopy (SAM) and Ultrasonic Backscatter, Diffuse Field, and Birefringence Measurements Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Grain size, texture, and material variation measurements can be performed using complementary ultrasonic techniques that include: Scanning acoustic microscopy (SAM). This method uses a...
Accelerated Alloy Development using High-throughput Bulk Combinatorial Technique Pacific Northwest National Laboratory PNNL's high-throughput combinatorial arc melting system is a unique capability that was created in-house for accelerated alloy development. The systems consists of an argon-filled chamber, a set...
Combinatorial Alloy Thin-Film Deposition System Pacific Northwest National Laboratory PNNL has two, multi-cathode magnetron sputter deposition systems that can be used to deposit multi-component alloy thin films. The first system is capable of depositing up to five elements...
Electrolytic Processing Argonne National Laboratory Argonne has extensive experience in light metals technology development and molten salt electrolysis. Facilities include: 3-20A, 2-100A, and one 1800A fully equipped molten salt electrolysis cells,...
Elastic Property Measurements and Detection of Component Flaws, Degradation or Damage using Resonant Ultrasound Spectroscopy (RUS) Pacific Northwest National Laboratory The structural properties of a material can be determined with high accuracy using Resonant Ultrasound Spectroscopy (RUS) measurements coupled with finite element modeling predictions of vibrational...
Alloy Design through Integration of Mechanical Testing, Characterization, and Modeling Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Reactor Materials and Mechanical Design Group has the expertise and equipment to perform metallography, scanning electron microscopy, energy-dispersive...
Non-Destructive Characterization and Evaluation Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory At Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s Non-Destructive Characterization Institute, staff research, design, and build novel systems and methods for government, industry, and academia to...
Phase-Field Modeling of Microstructure Evolution of Lightweight Materials Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory The mechanical properties and behaviors of lightweight metallic alloys are largely dictated by their microstructures at various length scales, ranging from nanoscale precipitate morphologies to...
Dislocation Core Engineering for Improved Mechanical Properties of Magnesium Alloys Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory The increased use of magnesium alloys in the automotive industry continues to drive intensive efforts to optimize/tailor their properties to various potential applications in cars. Finding an optimal...
Materials Implementation, Database, and Analysis Source Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory The web-based Materials Implementation, Database, and Analysis Source tool, known as MIDAS, allows users to explore strength models under a variety of conditions and compare the model parameters to...
Crystal Mechanics and Experiments Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory provides classical crystal plasticity models for cubic and hexagonal symmetry materials, which includes treatment of both dislocation-glide- and twinning-based...
Predicting the Strength of Lightweight Alloys Using a Multiscale Approach Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory employs a multiscale strength model, where strength depends on pressure, strain rate, temperature, and evolving dislocation density, that has proven to be an...
Integrated Computational Materials Engineering Argonne National Laboratory Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME) codes are available to model phase formation in multicomponent alloys (Precipicalc), as well as phase-field codes for multicomponent phase...
Joining, Electron Beam, Laser Beam, and Brazing Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory provides varied capabilities related to materials joining, including microstructural evolution during thermal processing of metals and alloys, kinetics of non-...
Dynamic Transmission Electron Microscope Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory The Dynamic Transmission Electron Microscope, or DTEM, is a unique in situ electron microscope at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory that is designed to observe fast materials processes at the...
Electron Microscopy for Materials Characterization Pacific Northwest National Laboratory The materials science and characterization facilities at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are home to a suite of high-resolution analytical microscopes that support characterization of base...

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