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Center for Advanced Non-Ferrous Structural Alloys - An NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center

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Have questions about CANFSA or this website? Please contact us:

Michael Kaufman
Professor and Center Director
Colorado School of Mines
(303) 273-3009

Peter Collins
Associate Professor and Center Co-Director
Iowa State University

Amy Clarke
Associate Professor and Site Director
Colorado School of Mines
(303) 384-3893

Ralph Napolitano
Professor and Site Director

Iowa State University


Center Overview

Theory & Modeling + Processing + Characterization = Better Performance

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 nonā€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:

  1. Perform industrially relevant research that addresses the technological needs in commercial non-ferrous alloy systems.
  2. Combine integrated computational materials engineering (ICME) approaches with advanced processing, testing and characterization methods to more rapidly advance the state-of-the-art in non-ferrous alloys.
  3. Better prepare students for jobs in the industries that develop, manufacture and use non-ferrous alloys.
  4. Become the center that industry looks to for resolution of all of their non-ferrous structural alloy problems.