Ceramics and Powder Metallurgy Lab
The Ceramics and Powder Metallurgy lab offers engineering students the opportunity to learn first-hand how to make objects from metallic and ceramic powders. The lab is used mostly by three classes: Metallurgy, Introduction to Engineering Materials, and Manufacturing Process Engineering.
You'll prepare samples using the powder metallurgy and composite manufacturing techniques. A fine metal powder is compacted with a hydraulic press into a flat cylindrical sample. You'll learn how variables, such as compaction pressure and sintering temperature, affect the strength of the object.
“This lab helps me understand how metals react under certain conditions," said Paula Garcia, a Mechanical Engineering major. “When I design a product, I’ll know the properties of the materials I’m using and how I can make it better.”
The lab has many machines including three hydraulic presses for compaction and a tube-type resistance furnace for sintering. There is a high-precision digital scale for accurate mass measurements of samples, a dilatometer for measurement of thermal expansion of materials, and an extruder for rectangular ceramic samples. There is a mixing chamber for powders, a micro-sieve analyzer for fine powder, a low-speed diamond saw, and a microhardness tester.