Research conducted by the Materials Research and Education Center now benefits from the recent $14 million in renovations to Wilmore Laboratories, funded by the National Science Foundation, State of Alabama and friends of Auburn University. Wilmore Labs serves as home to both the center’s research and academic efforts.

The building now houses over 12,000 square feet of laboratory space, which includes a Class 100-level clean room and unique 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 our own equipment to used on the International Space Station

Laboratory space in Wilmore 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 include 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 include both scanning and transmission electron microscopes (SEM and TEM), automated x-ray diffractometers, scanning tunneling microscope, thermogravimetric analysis, differential scanning calorimetry, fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, AC-impedance spectroscopy and quantitative image analysis equipment.
  • Mechanical testing facilities include ambient and high-temperature testing facilities and dynamic testers. An environmental exposure chamber complements these facilities.
  • Multidisciplinary research directed by or involving materials engineering faculty may often find students working in laboratories across the campus (and at off-campus laboratories) with students, faculty and researchers from other engineering disciplines or other fields of study.
Last Updated: Oct 24, 2012