CMPD provides a collaborative research environment.  Members play a crucial role in determining which research topics are pursued and which data will be most valuable to them.

  • Research projects are industry member-driven.
  • Members submit and vote on projects undertaken by the Center.
  • Members have royalty-free IP rights to pre-competitive research.
  • Members have the option of paying to sponsor proprietary projects through the Center.
  • Research and results are shared with members at bi-annual workshop meetings.
  • Training on research technology is available to all members.

Research Areas

  • Materials performance
  • Non-equilibrium phase transformations
  • Advanced metal manufacturing methods and modeling
  • Computational thermodynamic and kinetic modeling
  • Powder metallurgy: modeling and characterization
  • Additive Manufacturing Methods
  • Data Mining and Machine Learning

Current research projects

Research projects will include the generation and verification of transient materials properties to be used in validated process models.


 Pilot Project: Temperature Dependent Material Flow and Thermophysical Behavior

Abstract: There are limited data for material flow and thermophysical behavior of alloys as a function of temperature, strain rate, composition, and prior microstructure (processing).  Some data are available through the Atlas of Formability generated by Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC) through a project developed under the National Center for the Excellence in Metalworking Technology program in the mid-1990s.  However, these data are not in digital or tabulated format, and some processing condition information is limited or not available.

This project will generate and verify materials data related to temperature-dependent material flow behavior for engineering alloy compositions.  These data can be used to establish mathematical relationships that describe materials behavior as a function of processing parameters.  Such equations are useful for process design and optimization, ICME modeling, uncertainty quantification, and new material innovation. The project will include three foci: (1) experiment and characterization of materials carried out by UConn; (2) analysis of published data and compilation of relevant materials data carried out by UB; and (3) process modelling comparison of published and new materials data carried out by WPI.

Possible future projects:

  • Forging behavior of aerospace alloys
  • Viscosity variation during precision casting
  • Deformation-induced phase transformations