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
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...
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...
Laser Ultrasonics Idaho National Laboratory Laser ultrasonics can provide micron- to nanometer-scale elastic property information commensurate with microstructure heterogeneity. Examples include monitoring recrystallization at high...
Laser Based Micron Level Thermal Property Measurement Idaho National Laboratory Idaho National Laboratory uses a thermoreflectance approach to simultaneously measure thermal conductivity and diffusivity with micron-level resolution. This experimental information, in tandem with...
Non-destructive Characterization: Quantitative X-ray Computed Technology Idaho National Laboratory Idaho National Laboratory has a variety of X-ray imaging systems capable of non-destructive three-dimensional (3D) imaging of objects and materials. These systems vary significantly in size and...
Morphological Analysis and Synthesis of Light Alloy Interior and Surface Structure Idaho National Laboratory Idaho National Laboratory can perform morphological analysis of industrial surfaces, including aluminum, magnesium, and titanium alloys, with the ultimate goal of providing surface representations....

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