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.