The Solidification Laboratory within the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Iowa conducts research into fundamental aspects of solidification and their application in casting of metals. The laboratory is supported by federal and state agencies and by industry. The research ranges from basic experimental and computational studies of microstructure evolution to modeling and simulation of a wide variety of industrial metal casting processes. Collaboration with the casting industry has resulted in custom-made software for process control, new capabilities in commercially available casting simulation software, and strategies for yield improvement and defect prevention. Facilities include numerous state-of-the-art computer workstations and experimental test setups.

Director: Prof. Christoph Beckermann
Department of Mechanical Engineering
College of Engineering
The University of Iowa
2402 Seamans Center
Iowa City, IA 52242-1527, USA
Telephone: (319) 335-5681
FAX: (319) 335-5669