Original Date: 11/03/1996
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Best Practice : High Temperature Materials Laboratory
As a national-designated user facility, Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s (ORNL’s) High Temperature Materials Laboratory (HTML) provides advanced materials characterization for high temperature materials through its six user centers. Each center houses specialized equipment for a specific property measurement such as materials analysis; thermophysical properties; diffraction; residual stress; machining and inspection research; and mechanical characterization and analysis.
The HTML assists industry, university, and government customers through various programs. The User program offers short-term material characterization on either a proprietary or non-proprietary research basis. With non- proprietary research, the customer uses the facilities free-of-charge provided that the results are published. With proprietary research, the customer pays for use of the facility. The Fellowship program, designed for longer-term research including more basic studies, offers industrial, graduate, and faculty fellowships. More than half of the HTML’s work comes from Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs) and other branches of the Department of Energy (DOE).
The HTML offers state-of-the-art equipment and highly-trained employees to assist its customers with research. By addressing issues in ceramic machining and inspection; residual stress of thermal barrier coatings; catalyst investigation; advanced ceramic development; stress and reliability analysis of ceramic components; mechanical characteristics of ceramic engine components; and residual stress in brake-rotor design, the HTML has assisted industry in solving tomorrow’s material and manufacturing problems for high temperature materials.
In operation since 1987, the HTML has established over 391 industry and 497 university user agreements which resulted in over 900 projects. Participation includes large and small customers such as Brown University, Penn State, Cummins Engine Company, Allied Signal Engine Company, General Electric, NASA, and LoTEC.
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