Research Topic

  • Manufacturing processes

The Solidification Laboratory conducts research into fundamental aspects of solidification and their application in casting of metals.

The laboratory is supported by federal and state agencies and by industry. Research ranges from basic experimental and computational studies of microstructure evolution to modeling and simulation of a wide variety of industrial metal casting processes. Collaboration with the casting industry has resulted in custom-made software for process control, new capabilities in commercially available casting simulation software, and strategies for yield improvement and defect prevention. Facilities include numerous state-of-the-art computer workstations and experimental test setups.


 

Research Team

Christoph Beckermann

Christoph Beckermann, PhD

Director, Solidification Laboratory
University of Iowa Foundation Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering

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Alloy study

UI engineers to study the grain structure of metal alloys on the International Space Station

Friday, August 21, 2020
University of Iowa Technology Institute
The size and shape of the small grains that comprise all metals have a direct effect on the properties and performance of metal parts. The grain structure forms when the molten metal is poured into a mold and solidifies. A research team led by Prof. Christoph Beckermann will compare metal samples that have been solidified in the microgravity environment of the International Space Station against similar samples formed on Earth.
Portrait of Christoph Beckermann

Christoph Beckermann

Director, Solidification Laboratory

University of Iowa Foundation Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering

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  christoph-beckermann@uiowa.edu

 

   

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