Facilities and Equipment

Wilmore Labs Wilmore Laboratories houses the Materials Engineering Department. The building, named after Dean John Jenkins Wilmore, is located at the center of Auburn's engineering quadrant with Ramsey Hall to the north and Foy Hall to the south.

Wilmore Labs underwent a $14 million state-of-the-art renovation, which was completed in the Fall of 2001. The building holds more than 12,000 square feet of laboratory space, including a Class 100 clean room and equipment for the high-temperature processing of materials. A few examples of what our equipment can do include:

  • making single crystals by melting tungsten at more than 3400°C locally with an electron beam

  • simulating the effects of gravity on molten metals with large centrifuges

  • designing and building equipment to use on the International Space Station

Our laboratories can be divided into three major categories. The equipment listed below represents only a portion of the full range of resources available to our research teams:

  • Materials processing laboratories: an autoclave, presses, pultrusion, injection molding and thermoforming machines for composites; hot and cold isostatic presses for powder-based materials, sputter-coating facilities for the deposition of coatings, a variety of crystal growth systems and a Gleeble thermomechanical processing system.

  • Materials characterization facilities: scanning and transmission electron microscopes (SEM and TEM), automated x-ray diffractometers, scanning tunneling microscope, thermogravimetric analysis, differential scanning calorimeter, Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy, AC-impedance spectroscopy and quantitative image analysis equipment.

  • Mechanical testing facilities: ambient and high-temperature testing facilities and dynamic testers. An environmental exposure chamber complements these facilities.

MATL is a multi-disciplinary research field, thus faculty may often have students working in laboratories across the campus (and off-campus) while collaborating with faculty and researchers from engineering disciplines or other fields of study.

Last Updated: Sep 21, 2016