Equipment & Resources

MPI has Centers in metal casting; thermal processing; imaging and sensing; and recovery and recycling of metals. The Institute is supported by over 90 corporate partners, as well as funding from private foundations and the federal government. During the last decade MPI has developed into one of the nation's premiere research centers dedicated to metal processing.

MPI is staffed with a highly qualified group of research scientists and post-doctoral fellows. It is fully equipped with melting furnaces, including electrical and induction furnaces, heat-treating furnaces, rotary degassers, an Alscan unit, a reduced pressure testing unit, a spectrograph, and optical and scanning electron microscopes equipped with energy dispersive x-ray analysis capabilities and image analysis capabilities. In addition, MPI has all the necessary mechanical testing equipment including Universal testing machines with temperature chambers, fatigue testing machines, as well as impact, toughness, hardness and micro hardness measuring equipment.

 

Casting and Heat Treating Lab

Equipment TypeApplicationsQuantity

Induction furnace

Melting

1

Table top high frequency induction furnace

Melting and heating

1

Electrical resistance furnace

Melting and heat treating

2 of diffrent capacities

Vacuum melting furnace

Melting under high vacuum

1

Environment control unit

Control environment of melt (gas protection)

1

Box furnaces

Heat treatment and melting

10 of different sizes and temperature limits

Tubular furnaces

Surface tension measurement, heat treatment and melting

2

Fluidized bed furnace

Heat treatment

3

Forced air circulation air resistance furnace

General heating

1

Continuous rheoconversion process unit

Semi-solid processing

1 Prototype 

Rotating impeller degasser

Degass melt

2

N-Tec MetalHealth Centre

Measuring fluidity, hot tearing, shrinkage, coarse inclusions

1

Alscan

Measure hydrogen content in the melt

1

AluDelta

Thermal analysis

1

Mold vibration unit

Casting metal in vibrating melt

1

Ultrasonic vibration unit

Vibrate liquid metal

1

Data acquisition units

Recording temperature, load, displacement, etc.

2 units with16 channels
2 portable units with 4 channel data acquisition systems

Dendrite coherency unit

Determine dendrite coherency temperature

1

Hot tear test unit

Measuring hot tearing tendency of alloys

2

Spectrograph/Spectromax

Determine chemical composition of alloy

2

Jominy quench set up

Jominy end quench test to determine quench sensitivity of the alloy

1

Reduced pressure tester

Measuring melt quality (gas and inclusions)

1

Permanent mold for casting standard tensile specimens

Casting standard tensile specimens

5

Chemical analysis sampling mold

Casting chemical analysis sample

4

Hydrogen analysis sample mod

Casting sample for H analysis

1

Ingot mold

Casting ingot

3

Ring mold

Test hot tearing

1

Molding equipment for small sand castings

Preparing sand molds

1 set

Molds for various testing samples

Casting testing samples various shapes and sizes

many

Melting and casting gadgets and accessories

For melting and casting

Sample Preparation Lab

Equipment TypeApplicationsQuantity

Saw

Cutting of samples, ingots

1 horizontal saw
1 vertical saw
2 cutting wheels
2 low speed cutting wheel (Buehler make)

Grinding and polishing wheel

Prepare sample for optical and scanning electron microscopic analysis

13 grinding wheels
4 semi-automatic polishing wheels

Mounting unit

Mount samples for microscopic analysis

1 semi-automatic
2 manual

Electropolisher/Buehler

Polishing and deep etching

1

Ultrasonic cleaner

Clean polished surface

1

Twin jet electropolisher

Prepare TEM foil

1

Vacuum evaporator/Varian-Eastern Scientific

Coat samples for microscopic analysis

1

Sputter Coater/Electron Microscopy Sciences

Coat samples for microscopic analysis

1

Thermal Analysis Lab

Equipment TypeApplicationsQuantity

Differential scanning calorimeter/ DSC7-Perkin Elmer

Qualitative thermal analysis

1

Differential thermal analyzer/DTA7-Perkin Elmer

Thermal analysis

1

Thermogravimetry (TGA)/TG131-Cahn

Determination of endotherms/exotherms and weight loss on heating or cooling

1

Microscopic Analysis Lab

Equipment TypeApplicationsQuantity

Optical microscopes with image analyzer (Nikon, Leitz)

Microscopic analysis

8

Stereomicroscopes

3-dimensional microscopic analysis

1

Scanning electron microscope (JSM-840-JEOL & 7000F)

Microscopic analysis

1

Transmission electron microscope (JEM-100CXII)

Microscopic analysis

1

Metal Analyzer/SPECTRO

Precise metal composition analysis

1

Mechanical Testing Lab

Equipment TypeApplicationsQuantity

Universal Instron testing machine (8502, 5500R, 8511, 4201)

Tensile, compression, flexural, fatigue test

4

Hardness tester

Measure hardness (Rockwell and Brinell)

3

Microhardness tester (Shimadzu and Buehler)

Microhardness tester

3

R.R. Moore Rotating Beam Fatigue Tester

Measuring fatigue properties of casting alloys

4

Impact tester

Measuring Charpy and Izod impact properties

1

Software Simulation Lab

Software PackageApplicationsLicenses

ProCast

Solidification simulation

1 license

MagmaSoft

Solidification simulation

1 license

EKK

Metal casting process simulation

1 license

Themocalc

Phase diagram and thermodynamic simulation

1 license

Pandat

Phase diagram and thermodynamic simulation

1 license

JMatPro

Phase diagram, thermodynamic simulation, and thermo-physical properties simulation

1 license

COMSOL

Computational simulation of engineering problems

Multiple licenses

Gambit

CAD design

Multiple licenses

Miscellaneous Lab

Equipment TypeApplicationsQuantity

X-ray diffraction

Phase analysis, measure residual stress and lattice parameters

1

High temperature rheometer

Measure viscosity of the melt in liquid and semi-solid metals/alloys

1

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