Advanced Manufacturing and Magnetic Materials Laboratory (AMA³)
The Advanced Manufacturing and Magnetic Materials Laboratory (AMA³) of Dr. Markus Chmielus focuses on additive manufacturing, processing, alloy development, thin films deposition and single crystal growth of high performance metals for structural, high-temperature and biomedical applications as well as functional magnetic materials including magnetic shape-memory and magnetocaloric alloys. The laboratory is not only using all additive manufacturing methods available in the ANSYS-PITT Additive Manufacturing Research Laboratory but also develops new methods to a manufacture alloys with distinct properties and functionality.
Major experiments that are performed in the AMA³ laboratory include thin film deposition and in-situ characterization (stress and microstructure) of metals with a customized AJA ultra-high vacuum magnetron sputter deposition system, processing furnaces, non-destructive (e.g. micro-computed tomography, density measurements), mechanical testing overall length scales (e.g. tensile and fatigue testing, hardness testing, shear-punch testing, indentation), microstructural characterization (e.g. optical and electron microscopy, orientation mapping, porosity and phase determination), characterization of magneto-mechanical, magnetocaloric, thermo-magnetic and magnetic properties and synchrotron and neutron diffraction experiments at large user facilities.