Oak Ridge National Laboratory is
- The nation's largest energy laboratory
- $1.3 billion annual budget
- 4,100 employees
- 3,000 research guests annually
- The first DOE Nanoscale Research Center (Center for Nanophase Materials Science)
- The Department of Energy's flagship center for materials research
- Nation's largest concentration of open source materials research
- For more about ORNL Manufacturing
ORNL Facilities can be Utilized by Industry
- Materials Processing Group
- Variety of convention and one-of-a-kind processing equipment
- Capabilities in metals and ceramics
- Nanoscale Science & Technology Laboratory
The Nanoscale Science and Technology Laboratory Clean Room Facility offers users expertise in compound semiconductor-based device fabrication providing a full range of processes to the scientific and research communities.
NSTL supports a wide variety of thin-film and solid state electronic research projects and provides expertise in compound semiconductor-based device fabrication. A full range of processes are available including: lithography, thin-film deposition and etching. The NSTL facility offers users state-of-the-art processes and fabrication techniques including genome research, SEM, AFM and other microscopic evaluation techniques.
High Temperature Materials Laboratory (HTML)
- Capabilities in Microstructure analysis
- X-ray & neutron diffraction
- Residual stress
- Friction and wear testing
- Machining and inspection
- Mechanical characterization
- Thermophysical properties
The Industrial Technologies Program (ITP) at ORNL recently installed three pieces of state of the art direct manufacturing.
This equipment positions the lab as a world leader in direct manufacturing with the ability to rapidly fabricate components from
a computer model to increase energy efficiency, reduce material waste and optimize component design.
Ultrasonic consolidation enables simultaneous additive and subtractive solid state processes for manufacturing complex geometries. The equipment allows embedding of optical fibers and sensors and has the ability to join dissimilar metals. Ultrasonic consolidation enables the development of advanced heat exchangers and thermal management technologies.
Precision melting of powder materials using an electron beam allows the development of low-cost titanium feedstock material for the biomedical, automotive and aerospace industries. This process enables complex geometries not possible through machining.
Laser metal deposition enables the development of low-cost coating materials for superior corrosion and wear resistance and complex feature addition and repair technology at substantial cost savings. The technique enables site specific material addition and allows excellent repair technology for dies, punches, turbines, etc.
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