Advanced Metal and Manufacturing Laboratory

Dr. Xiaoyuan Lou's Lab at Auburn University

Facility Summary

Alloy Manufacturing Capabilities

  • Optomec LENS 500 metal additive manufacturing system (inert atmosphere, 3 powder feeders and 4 axis control)
  • LENS
  • Concept Laser MLab laser powder bed additive manufacturing system
  • MLab
  • IVI Mark III vacuum arc melting/drop casting furnace
  • VAM
  • High Energy Planetary Ball Mill
  • Ballmill
  • Labtechnics LM1 Pulverising Mill
  • Mill

    Material Processing Capabilities

  • Mellen High Temperature Furnace with Argon Protection (up to 1250 C)
  • Mellen
  • High Temperature Vacuum Tube Furnace (up to 1200 C)
  • Vacfurnace
  • IPS Eagle 6 hot isostatic presser
  • HIP
  • Astro Vacuum Furnace
  • Astro Furnace
  • Rolling Mill
  • Lab Scale Rolling Mill
  • Other high temperature furnaces
  • Furnace

    Material Testing Capabilities for Extreme Environments

  • Active loading stress corrosion cracking/corrosion fatigue testing systems instrumented with: (1) computer-controlled servo loading systems capable of 250 kN; (2) world-record high resolution DCPD crack growth measurement; (3) high temperature autoclave with excellent temperature control; (4) sophisticated water chemistry control systems;
  • HIP
  • Gamry 600+ Electrochemical Testing System
  • Gamry
  • MTS Servohydraulic Fatigue Station with Instron 8800 Controller and DCPD crack monitoring capability (available by January 2019)
  • MTS
  • Sintech High Temperature Mechanical Tester
  • Sintech