Solidification Laboratory

A student works in the Solidification Lab

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. The 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.

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Alloy study

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

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 Christoph Beckermann, University of Iowa Foundation Distinguished Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and an Iowa Technology Institute faculty affiliate, will compare metal samples that have been solidified in the microgravity environment of the International Space Station against similar samples formed on Earth.