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Research Areas




Areas of Research at CAMM:

A few of the research areas covered by the Center for Advanced Materials Manufacture are highlighted below:
  • Composite Materials Research:
    • Metal matrix composites including Al-C, Al-SiC, Al-Al2O3, Cu-C, Mg-C, Fe-Al2O3, aluminum fly-ash composites
    • Interfacial phenomenon, surface analysis in composites
    • Failure analysis of metal matrix composites castings
    • Rapid manufacturing including Laser Engineered Net Shaping (LENS)
    • Interactions between electromagnetic waves and solid or liquid metals in the synthesis of composites
    • Composites for automotive and small engine application
    • Technological forecasting and techno-economics
    • Composites with improved machinability
    • Self-lubricating composites for improved reliability
    • Self-healing metals and composites
      • Metallic composites with low melting healing agents embedded in reinforcements
      • Alloys with low melting eutectic healing phases
      • Metallic composites with exothermic healing reaction
    • Metallic syntactic foams for blast resistance and high strain rate
    • Composites for power generation and transmission equipment
    • Composites for electronic packaging and reliability
    • Composites using industrial waste by-products
    • Composites for the water industry
    • Low-cost manufacture of environmentally friendly composites
      • Lightweight transportation parts to reduce fuel consumption
      • Use of fly ash – the largest waste stream in the world – to produce automotive and small engine parts
      • Lead-free copper plumbing alloys
      • Use of ultrafine and used foundry sand in aluminum alloy composites
    • Ultra-light metals incorporating hollow micro-balloons, which have applications in the automotive, small engine, and biomedical industries, as well as Homeland Security
    • Aluminum-silicon carbide composites for light weight brake rotors and computer components
    • Solidification synthesis and characterization of metal matrix-nanoparticle and nanotube composites with ultra high strength
    • Synthesis of aluminum reinforced with 3-dimensional alumina and carbon fiber weaves for blast resistance and high strain rate applications

  • Foundry and Solidification Processing Research
    • Modeling of pouring, feeding, and fluid flow
    • Solidification modeling, prediction of solidification sequence and structure-properties
    • Development of new solidification processes and novel casting techniques
    • Characterization and measurement of physical and mechanical properties
    • Computer-aided design and manufacturing
    • Environmental control, recycling, and utilization of waste sand from foundries
    • Ferrous castings
    • Aluminum and magnesium alloy castings
    • Grain refinement, modification, slag and inclusion control
    • Surface analysis and surface coatings
    • Failure analysis and structural testing of castings
    • Phase diagrams and alloy development for castings
    • Interaction between electromagnetic waves and solid or liquid metals