Materials Processing and Applications Development (MPAD) Center

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The MPAD Center continues to grow its influence in research and manufacturing, enhancing the services provided to industry partners and in collaborative research across disciplines. With an expansion to space and the addition of several equipment, the MPAD Center can now reach a much larger audience and the potential for future research is endless. 

The MPAD Center recently acquired an additional 12,750 sq ft of lab space which will extend capabilities for state-of-the-art manufacturing in advanced composites and metals. Technologies in large scale additive manufacturing and hybrid materials are expected to be added in the new space. The new lab space is to be up and running by Fall 2015.

 MPAD New Space

In addition to space, MPAD has added a significant asset in long fiber thermoplastic (LFT) manufacturing to meet lightweighting needs. A 1500 mm diameter LMG plasticator was installed at the MPAD Center earlier in the Spring. The plasticator is capable of compounding and dispensing up to 15 lbs of LFT materials in a single charge. Sequential shots can be output to enable to molding of large, long fiber thermoplastic composite parts. The plasticator is capable of running glass, carbon, aramid, and natural fibers in a range of thermoplastics including olefins such as PP, PE, engineered polymers such as PA6, PPS, and PEEK. This equipment complements the 350 metric ton LMG fast-acting press, and in turn both equipment meet the lightweighting needs of the automotive, mass transit, defense, and commercial sectors.  

MPAD New LMG Plasticator

rep Injection Molding Machine

The MPAD Center has also acquired a rep V17 Y01 Injection Molding Machine for thermoplastic polymers.
The press has tonna
ge of 250kN, shot size of 125 cc, plate size of 245 x 295, and injection pressure of up to 1500 bar. 



The MPAD Center has added to the Mechanical Testing Lab as well which is located outside of the main lab space. The nanoindenter enhances our mechanical testing capabilities by measuring surface and localized nano-mechanical properties such as hardness and Young's modulus of materials and thin films like metals, composites, polymers, and ceramics by a nano-tip indentation.   

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