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
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...
Casting and Modeling Oak Ridge National Laboratory ORNL Casting and Modeling capabilities include:Liquid metal processing (casting):Two air induction furnaces for melting and casting ferrous and nickel-based alloyOne resistance furnace for casting...
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...
Powder Metallurgy Capability Oak Ridge National Laboratory ORNL's Powder Metallurgy Capability features: laser particle size distribution measurement, Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) surface area determination, spray drying, vibratory screening, glove box...
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...
Extrusion and Rolling Oak Ridge National Laboratory The 4508 high is equipped with an operation 1250-ton extrusion press. Nitrogen over water processes everything from light metals, such as Al, Mg, and Ti alloys, to steels, nickel-based alloys, and...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
Conventional and Non-Conventional Carbon Fiber Surface Treatment Oak Ridge National Laboratory ORNL has three mechanisms established or under development for surface treatment of carbon fiber: 1) electrochemical, the most common industrial surface treatment method (exists at the Carbon Fiber...
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...
Microwave Assisted Plasma (MAP) Carbonization of Oxidized PAN Fiber Oak Ridge National Laboratory Conventional carbonization employs a thermal pyrolysis process that is slow and energy and space intensive. This microwave-assisted plasma (MAP) carbonization approach is based upon a discovery that...
Microwave-assisted Reversible Bonding of Composites Oak Ridge National Laboratory Conventional adhesive bonding uses thermosetting adhesives. Typically, the adherents can be separated only by destructive means, usually incurring damage to one or both of the joined substrates. ORNL...
Nanostructured Surface Preparation using Laser Interference Structuring Oak Ridge National Laboratory The laser-assisted interference technique involves two or more beams to create power variation on a surface. Those beams are guided to the sample surface by overlapping each other with defined angles...
Non-Conventional Carbon Fiber and Polymer Oxidation Oak Ridge National Laboratory ORNL facilitates conventional and advanced stabilization and oxidation of carbon fiber precursor. The plasma-based advanced oxidation technology for carbon fiber precursor was jointly developed...
High Heat Flux Plasma Testing Facility Oak Ridge National Laboratory The high-heat flux testing facility based on water-wall Plasma Arc Lamps (PAL) was designed for (a) materials testing; (b) Al and steel annealing; (c) infrared heating; and (d) cladding and coating...
Polymer-based Carbon Fiber Precursor Development Oak Ridge National Laboratory To complement its core capabilities for carbon fiber conversion, ORNL has developed a unique understanding of alternative carbon precursors of polymeric and non-polymeric organic compounds in nature...
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.
High But Constant Strain Rate Materials Testing with the Testing Machine for Automotive Crashworthiness (TMAC) Oak Ridge National Laboratory As part of a comprehensive approach in developing and applying composite materials, ORNL develops and maintains extensive capabilities for testing composite constituents, components, and structures...
Transport and Thermophysical Properties Oak Ridge National Laboratory Oak Ridge National Laboratory provides world-class facilities and a staff of technical experts for determining transport and thermophysical properties, such as thermal conductivity, diffusivity,...

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