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
Casting Foundry Aluminum Alloy Design Idaho National Laboratory At a customer's request, Idaho National Laboratory can design novel foundry aluminum alloys that possess excellent castability, molten metal fluidity, resistance to hot solidification cracking,...
Aluminum Alloy Phase Equilibria, Thermodynamic Properties, and Microstructure Idaho National Laboratory Idaho National Laboratory has the required computational tools and expertise (VASP, LAMMPS, GIBBS, PHONON, THERMO-CALC, DICTRA, and PRISMA) that enable designing different aluminum alloy tempers for...
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,...
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...
Synthesis of Nanomaterial-based Coatings, Fillers, Composites, 3D Printing Inks, and Sensors Sandia National Laboratories The Advanced Materials Laboratory (AML) has in-house synthetic capabilities and characterization tools for the production of nanomaterial (metal, semi-conductor, ceramic [oxide, pnictide])-based...
Capabilities for Materials Characterization and Performance Sandia National Laboratories SNL has a broad suite of materials characterization and performance capabilities that includes equipment and expertise in sample preparation, surface analysis, microstructural imaging, and chemical...
Tramonto, an Open-source Code for Modeling Complex Fluids at Interfaces Sandia National Laboratories Tramonto is a code developed at SNL to solve classical density functional theories in three dimensions. These theories are used for predicting the structure and properties of fluids at the nanoscale...
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...
Powder-to-Parts Facility Ames Laboratory The Powder-to-Parts Facility is a state-of-the-art Ames Laboratory center that bridges advanced powder-making technologies (unique within the U.S. Department of Energy), additive manufacturing (AM),...
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,...
Friction Bit Joining Oak Ridge National Laboratory Oak Ridge National Laboratory has a unique capability known as friction bit joining (FBJ), a solid-state process for joining dissimilar materials (e.g., aluminum/steel, polymer/steel, or magnesium...
Ultrasonic Welding Oak Ridge National Laboratory Oak Ridge National Laboratory has a unique capability for joining similar and/or dissimilar materials known as ultrasonic welding (UW). UW is a solid-state joining process, where high-frequency...
Online Weld Non-Destructive Evaluation using Infrared Thermography Oak Ridge National Laboratory Oak Ridge National Laboratory has a unique, non-contact weld inspection technology based on infrared (IR) thermography. Developed to address specific critical demands for online non-destructive...
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...
Magnesium Alloy and Coating Corrosion Oak Ridge National Laboratory Oak Ridge National Laboratory is applying advanced characterization techniques to understand how magnesium alloy and coating composition/microstructure affect the formation of protective surface...
Ionic Liquids for Energy-efficient Lubricants and Anti-corrosion Coatings Oak Ridge National Laboratory Oak Ridge National Laboratory is a global pioneer and leader in the development of ionic liquids as next-generation, multifunctional, energy-efficient lubricant additives for engine and gear...
Computational Materials Science Oak Ridge National Laboratory Oak Ridge National Laboratory offers capabilities for modeling lightweight materials and their performance at length scales ranging from atomistic to engineering applications. These capabilities...
Metalcasting Oak Ridge National Laboratory Casting codes and thermophysical property measurements instruments include:Differential scanning calorimeter (DSC) model for property estimationDual-push-dilatometer for mushy zone density...
Materials Characterization Center Oak Ridge National Laboratory Oak Ridge National Laboratory recently introduced the Materials Characterization Center, or MCC, which offers a broad range of state-of-the-art microscopy, spectroscopy, and other characterization...
X-ray Diffraction (Residual Stress and Phase Identification, Room and High Temperature, and Texture) Oak Ridge National Laboratory Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s x-ray diffraction (XRD) provides information about the arrangement of atoms in top surfaces (typically <50 μm) of materials/samples. These samples can be...
X-ray Imaging and Image Processing (Radiography and Computed Tomography) Oak Ridge National Laboratory Oak Ridge National Laboratory has expertise in processing algorithms to extract information from x-ray imaging systems, along with several x-ray radiography/computed tomography systems. ORNL’s...

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