CHiMad Metals Processing Facility (CMPF)

    Equipment/facility: Facility

    • Location

      1810 Maple Ave Room 1206 Evanston, IL 60208

      United States


    Under a NIST-sponsored grant to promote the Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME) approach to development of new materials, the Center for Hierarchical Materials Design (CHiMaD) was founded with a focus on developing the next generation of computational tools, databases and experimental techniques to accelerate virtual design of novel materials and their integration to industry as part of the federal government’s Materials Genome Initiative (MGI). The paradigm of computational design of material systems has been shown to significantly reduce time from ideation to component qualification.

    Despite the advantage of rapid prototyping via virtual simulation testing and analyses of small quantities of candidate material systems are still required for model refinement. Initial testing of a candidate alloy typically involves production of cast buttons of the desired composition to verify predicted phase fractions, chemical partitioning, and solidified microstructures. Large-scale processing of designed alloys introduces effects that greatly influence the final microstructural and thus property gradients. The CHiMaD Metals Processing Facility (CMPF) was developed with the intent of capturing these effects in a highly-controlled small-scale research laboratory environment. Worked samples are analyzed with data used to refine computational models providing a more accurate representation of such effects on final component properties. As part of Northwestern University's NUCORE system, the CMPF metal-processing capabilities are available to non-profit academics and for-profit commercial organizations. Cost structures are commensurate with established standards for each category of user although we can generally accommodate customers budgetary constrains. The equipment is new or refurbished with data monitoring and acquisition systems built in depending on the specific unit. The equipment meets or exceeds all current governmental and societal safety guidelines. We have a cadre of highly trained personnel at your disposal to ensure successful metal processing efforts.


    Rapid prototyping
    Research laboratories
    Chemical analysis


    • Buhler AM0.5 Arc Melter
    • FENN 051 2/4 Hi Rolling Mill
    • FENN 4F-4 Rotary Swager
    • AIP6-45H Hot Isostatic Press (HIP)
    • Lindberg 51863 Box Furnace
    • Materials Research Furnaces (MRF) Quenching/Deformation Vacuum Furnace
    • SentroTech ST-1600C-666 Box Furnace
    • Struers Labotom-5 Cut-Off Saw
    • Econoline 101696WD-A Direct Pressure Sand Blaster