High Performance Materials Laboratory
The High Performance Materials Laboratory is one of the key centers for engineering high-temperature materials in the United States.
Under the direction of Associate Professor Erica Corral, Ph.D., the High Performance Materials Lab is focused on processing advanced high-temperature resistant materials and developing an understanding of their mechanical, thermal and electrical properties at temperature for application in extreme environmental conditions. In the 2,000-square-foot facility, located in the Arizona Materials Laboratory, researchers work with ultra-high temperature ceramics (UHTCs) and composites, UHTC coatings, multifunctional high-temperature ceramic nanocomposites, and oxide ceramic composites. Its technical capabilities include high-temperature oxidation testing, ceramic powder processing and metallographic preparation.
Lab equipment and facilities available for research include:
- Powder Processing
- University of Arizona User Facilities
- Physical and Chemical Measurements
- Mechanical Testing
- Thermal Analysis
- High Temperature Furnaces
- Torch Testing
The High Performance Materials Laboratory also has an export-controlled laboratory dedicated to ITAR-sensitive projects.