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The Center for Advanced Non-Ferrous Structural Alloys (CANFSA) is a new (founded in 2011) Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) with an emphasis on conducting state-of-the-art research related to non‐ferrous structural alloys. With sites at the Colorado School of Mines and the Iowa State University, and a affiliated site and the University of North Texas, this center is focused on combining computational modeling (various length and time scales) and experimental approaches (alloying, processing and microstructure/property characterization) in order to advance industrially-relevant projects in an efficient and effective manner. The emphasis is on structural Al, Mg, Ti and Ni-base alloys and their composites and on industries that develop, manufacture and use these alloys. A primary goal of the center is to educate students in areas that have become increasingly rare in materials science and engineering departments around the country, namely, traditional physical metallurgy combined with computational modeling approaches.
The goals of CANFSA are to: